St. Louis Cardinals closer Edward Mujica suffered an unfortunate loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as he received his first blow save of the season after having 21 straight saves. Mujica entered the game in the ninth inning after Adam Wainwright had allowed a bloop single to Albert Pujols, which was Pujols's first hit in the series.
Mujica immediately surrendered a homer to Josh Hamilton on a 1-0 changeup after shaking off a fastball called by Yadier Molina. This tied the game which who would later surrender the game to off the back of Erick Aybar. Much second guessing of manager Mike Matheny followed. However, it is unfair to roast a manager for putting in a closer who has been perfect this season and is coming in to face a lefty when lefties held a .180 batting average against him even after the home run to Hamilton.
That said, the save opportunity came again on Friday as the Cardinals led the Miami Marlins 4-1 in the ninth. Sticking true to his word, Matheny put Mujica back out to right the ship, as promised. Mujica struck out two and breezed through the inning to overcome his first blown save as a closer in his career.
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