As Zach Britton achieved one of the most efficient stretches of any closer in major league history, Orioles manager Buck Showalter constantly reminded those around him to take note because that level of dominance wouldn’t likely be seen again. And while the closer’s season hasn’t nearly been as seamless as last year — he spent most of the first half on the disabled list with a left forearm strain — he still continued to add to his American League-record consecutive-saves streak. But that streak ended Wednesday as Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly to center field scored the game-tying run in the ninth inning, handing Britton his first blown save in nearly two years, dating to Sept. 20, 2015. Since then, Britton had converted 60 straight save opportunities, breaking former Boston Red Sox closer Tom Gordon’s AL record of 55 straight last month. He was still 24 saves short of former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne’s major league record, though Showalter has contended that Britton should own the record because Gagne is an admitted performance-enhancing-drug user.
Orioles' Britton to undergo MRI on knee Thursday
Baltimore Sun | Aug 24