Josh Hader blows first save since July 2021


Josh Hader's historic streak has finally come to an end. The Milwaukee Brewers closer had recorded 40 consecutive regular-season saves---dating back to his last blown save on July 7, 2021---before blowing a one-run lead over the Philadelphia Phillies during last night's home game.

Hader was one save away from breaking Houston Astros closer Ryan Pressley's record of 40 consecutive saves, which stands as the longest streak in MLB history. Hader tied the record with a save against the San Diego Padres last week. 

Hader came into Tuesday night's game with a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning. He faced Alec Bohm first, allowing a game-tying solo home run deep to center-left on the third pitch. He induced a fly-ball out against Bryson Stott next before Phillies interim manager Rob Thompson pinch-hit Matt Vierling for Mickey Moniak. On the fifth pitch, Moniak homered 416 feet to center-left, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. That would stand as the final score. 

Hader hadn't allowed a run since July 28, 2021. And then Bohm and Vierling each took him deep before he could record two outs. 

Hader spoke to the media after the game and humbly acknowledged that it was bound to happen sooner or later. 

"They definitely got to me today," Hader said. "Tip the cap. It definitely sucks, but it happens.''

He said that he was aware of his streaks and wanted to set the new record for most-ever consecutive saves, but gives credit to the Phillies for hitting well. 

"The scoreless streak, that was pretty cool,'' Hader said. "I was hoping to get another one, but it's baseball. It'll keep you honest."

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