Jim Johnson has had much smoother saves than the one Wednesday night in the 11th inning.
But that one gets him into the Orioles’ record book.
It was his 45th save of the season (out of 48 chances). That ties Randy Myers in 1997 for most saves in one year in Orioles history.
Johnson wasn’t at his locker directly after the game, but I can tell you what he would have said.
He doesn’t care. He may think about it after the season. But his focus is on the Orioles getting to the postseason and beyond.
He also would have been down on himself for how the 11th inning unfolded. He gave up two singles to start the frame. After a double play – started thanks to a good play by first baseman Mark Reynolds – Johnson walked a batter.
And with two outs and runners on the corners in a two-run game, Taylor Teagarden threw out Michael Saunders trying to steal.
So Johnson probably would award the save to Teagarden if he could.
But his manager, Buck Showalter, was proud of his closer nonetheless.
“I can’t tell you what that does for morale of the team when there’s not any panic there. He gave up a couple ground balls and kept getting ground balls,” Showalter said. “I couldn’t have hoped for anything like what he’s done this year. I could have, but there’s not a day goes by I don’t appreciate him and understand how hard it is for him to do what he’s doing at the level he’s at.”