Madden picks up first save in 23 days (Baseball)
After enduring one of the toughest stretches of his professional baseball career, Corey Madden of Anchorage is back to throwing goose eggs.
Madden, of East High fame, extended his scoreless streak to six innings last night after closing out a 5-4 victory for the Jupiter Hammerheads, a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
It was just the second win in the last 19 games for the Hammerheads.
The 25-year-old right hander collected his team-leading fourth save of the season, but his first since May 6 when he got the final four outs to preserve a three-man, combined no-hitter (the first in team history).
A week later, though, he went from the penthouse to the outhouse. From May 13 to May 17, he surrendered nine earned runs in just two innings to watch his ERA climb from 1.80 to 6.06.
But now he appears to be back on track, throwing shutout relief in his last four appearances.
Madden, who was drafted in the 21st round in 2006 after a stellar NCAA career at Saint Mary’s College in California, now has 10 career saves as a pro. He has also won 14 of 20 decisions coming out of the bullpen.