PITTSBURGH -- Shaky while recording his first two saves of the season, Joel Hanrahan returned to 2011 form in nailing down Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Rockies.
With the tight hamstring that had shut him down for several days last week totally out of his mind, Hanrahan needed only 16 pitches for the three-up, three-down inning.With Wednesday's doubleheader on tap, he was asked in the morning whether he'd ever pitched twice in one day.
"Yep. Did it against these guys," said Hanrahan, cocking his head toward the visitors' locker room housing the Rockies. Indeed, on Aug. 7, 2008, Hanrahan, then with the Washington Nationals, saved both ends of a doubleheader in Denver. Interestingly, those were the second and third saves of his career. Clint Hurdle, Colorado's manager at the time, admitted not remembering that double-duty performance. "But now that I know he can do it, maybe ..." Hurdle said, grinning.