Trevor Hoffman added another milestone to his illustrious career, earning his 600th save Tuesday night by closing out the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Four people were ejected by plate umpire Bob Davidson, including a fan, on a night that ended with Hoffman being carried off the field by his teammates.
The 42-year-old reliever, baseball's career saves leader, lost his job as the Brewers' closer in May after a string of bad outings. But he's pitched better of late and has been getting ninth-inning work as the team tried to get him to No. 600.
The right-hander entered in the ninth to his traditional music, “Hells Bells” by AC/DC, and gave up a bloop single to Colby Rasmus. Pinch-hitter Randy Winn then grounded into a double play.
Hoffman got pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to ground out and raised his arms in triumph as teammates rushed to mob him near the mound. Hoffman's three sons also ran onto the field to hug him and the crowd roared during a standing ovation.
“What a feeling! It's hard to describe this moment,” Hoffman told the Miller Park crowd as he was interviewed on the field. “Thanks to everybody who stuck around. Thanks for enduring a long season.”
It was Hoffman's ninth save in 13 chances this season, and 600th in 676 career chances.