Hanson is second in majors in saves blown behind him

Tommy Hanson has had his share of hard luck this season. His 9-11 record next to a 3.54 ERA is pretty good indication. Here’s an even better one: Six times this season, he’s left a game in position to win and watched the bullpen blow his lead.

That’s second-most in the majors behind Florida’s Josh Johnson, whose Marlins have blown seven of his leads.

It happened to Hanson again on Saturday night after he pitched seven innings, allowing only two runs and left Jonny Venters with a 3-2 lead. A Martin Prado error prolonged the eighth inning as the Cardinals tied it 3-3 on a groundout off Peter Moylan.

The Braves went on to win in extra innings, not that Hanson places a lot of blame on the bullpen anyway.

“Of those six, we never really had a big lead,” said Hanson, who had a 2.56 ERA in those six no-decisions. “They were always close games, so you can’t really put that on the bullpen. I think it’s just the way it’s been going.”

Hanson said his focus is on keeping his team in the game. To do that his second season in the majors has been more of a challenge than when he cruised to an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA last year. It might be more rewarding for that same season.

“It’s a confidence-booster knowing that I have had some ups and downs, but I know I can figure it out and get back where I need to be,” Hanson said.

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mikeDW

September 12th, 2010
9:17 pm

kind of amazing, really

Mikey D

September 12th, 2010
9:24 pm

I like Tommy more every time out – I think we are watching our ace grow into his role.

Jamaaliver

September 12th, 2010
9:50 pm

I like his repsonse to it. It shows he’s more interested in the team doing well than just personal stat. He should be a cornerstone for this team for a long time.

kreedham

September 13th, 2010
12:11 am

Next years team could have Freeman, Martinez, Kimbrall all up from Gwinnett!

Who’s the closer next year? Venters I’m guessing but Kimbrall could challenge him!

bubba

September 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

Braves will trade Kimbrall for a Melky Lee type player.

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Dorothy Davis

September 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

Kimbrall will definately be the closer next year and maybe Venters as the set-up man. Kimbrell has way better control than Venters right now. But lets concentrate on this year and Wags…if our team can get him up one run!!

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