Fresh off his lone career All-Star nod, Gregg Olson tossed 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his 26th save and preserve a 4-1 win against the powerhouse Oakland Athletics on this day in Baltimore Orioles history, Aug. 8, 1990.
Ben McDonald got the win versus the A’s, who won 103 games and appeared in the 1990 World Series where the Cincinnati Reds swept them in four games. It was the fourth of five consecutive wins McDonald earned after moving into a starting role in late July. He ended the season 8-5 with a 2.43 ERA (3.58 FIP) and finished eighth in Rookie of the Year voting won by Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar.
Olson compiled a career-best 37 saves during the 1990 season, which stood as the Orioles’ team record until Randy Meyers topped the mark with 45 saves in 1997. Olson was coming off his 1989 Rookie of the Year campaign where he bested the likes of Tom Gordon, future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., teammate Craig Worthington, Jim Abbott, and Kevin Brown.
Thanks to Jim Johnson and Zach Britton, Meyers and Olson currently rank fourth and fifth, respectively, among single-season saves leaders for the Orioles.