Bits: Vicente Padilla notches first save
April, 28, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla notched his first save since 2000 with a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday. With incumbent closer Jonathan Broxton hurting, physically and statistically, Padilla retired the Florida Marlins in order on 10 pitches. Manager Don Mattingly might give Broxton and his 4.35 ERA more chances ... but then again, he might not.
If you haven't cut Washington Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett yet, Wednesday's ugly outing should convince you. Pitching for the third consecutive game, Burnett was bestowed a save chance and blew it, allowing four ninth-inning runs while getting two outs. Drew Storen's role as closer has to be more secure now.