Can a pitcher record a win and a save in the same game?
For example: a starting pitcher goes into the ninth up a run, then a reliever comes in and the starting pitcher plays right field. The reliever lets two runners reach base, and the starting pitcher comes out of right field and takes the mound again, with runners inherited. He strikes out the side. Does he get the win (which he was lined up to have entering the inning) and the save (because he inherited runners and didn't let them score)?
Edit: those claiming that a pitcher moved to a defensive position cannot take the mound again are mistaken. It's rare, but it does happen. If the pitcher comes OUT OF THE GAME he cannot return -- baseball is single-substitution -- but as long as he is still in the game he can be moved to any other defensive position repeatedly.
Herzog did this a few times in the mid-80s with Todd Worrell. I'll link in a box score if I can find one.
Edit#2: Ah, here's one: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1987/...
Phillies at Cardinals, 22-Sept-1987.
Worrell relieved Cox in the top of the eighth with two out and a man on first, leading 3-1, so the save situation was in effect. He quickly ended the inning with a forceout.
Cardinals did nothing in the bottom of the eighth.
Top of the ninth, Worrell still pitching:
Schmidt homered (now 3-2).
Von Hayes, a lefty batter, was due up. Herzog wanted to bring in Dayley (southpaw) to face him but not take Worrell (righty) out of the game, so here, the classic Herzog move: Worrell moved from P to RF, Dayley came in to pitch, and RF Johnson left the game. Dayley took Johnson's slot in the batting order.
Hayes struck out. Due up was Schu, a righty batter. So, the second part of the waltz: Worrell moved from RF back to P, Dayley left the game, and Morris entered the game in RF.
Schu grounded out.
Daulton lined out.
Cardinals win, 3-2.
Take a look at the pitcher's section of the box -- Worrell isn't the last pitcher listed but is credited the save. It looks wrong but is correct; he was the last pitcher, but his two appearances on the mound are rolled into one line. Also look at his entry in the hitter's part of the box: his position is listed as "p, rf, p" which is exactly what he did.
Rare, but allowed.
A pitcher who throws a complete game does *not* get a save.
I'm skeptical of this loophole described. I've always heard that you cannot pitch your way to a save. If you come into a game down on runs or tied, he'll become the pitcher of record if his team regains the lead. For that he gets a win, not a save.
EDIT: Chipmaker, nice job, I stand corrected. Thumbs up for you!
Either way, the answer to the question is No.
It's 10.01 and 10.19 of the rulebook.
For the record, if a pitcher moves to the field for any reason, he can move back to the mound at any time, so long as he hasn't left the game. But in the AL, he'd have to come above the line and hit.
Where are you, Whitey Herzog? Where are you, Tommy Lasorda? Where are you, Tom Trebelhorn? The first two did it often, and I was in the stands on June 6, 1989, in Toronto, when Tom Trebelhorn did it.
Chuck Crim started the bottom of the 9th inning with Milwaukee ahead 6-3. He allowed a lead-off double to Fred McGriff, then a single to Rance Mulliniks, who pinch-hit for Pat Borders. McGriff moved to third on the single. He then struck out Lloyd Moseby, and allowed a walk to Ernie Whitt, who was pinch-hitting for Bob Brenly.
With the bases loaded, Trebelhorn brought Tony Fossas in to pitch to Nelson Liriano, but moved to Crim to first base, so that he could return to the game. This meant that the Brewers lost their DH, and Fossas was put into the lineup in the 2-hole, which had been occupied by DH Robin Yount. Fossas allowed an RBI single to Liriano, scoring McGriff, but keeping the bases loaded. Fossas was then removed from the game, and replaced by Crim, and Terry Francona came in to play first, while Crim was put into the lineup in the 7-slot, replacing Greg Brock, who had originally been playing first.
Crim then retired Tom Lawless, pinch-hitting for Rob Ducey (who in turn had pinch hit for Juniore Felix in the 7th) and Tony Fernandez to end the game.
Teddy Higuera had started the game, but left after 5 innings, with the score 3-1 Jays. Jay Aldrich was the first reliever for the Brewers. He pitched 3 innings, during which they took the lead. Aldrich won the game, and Crim got the save. Fossas, because he didn't retire a batter, didn't qualify for a hold.
Many of the people in the stands around me had no idea what was going on, or whether or not any of this was within the rules. However, Tommy Lasorda had done this long bfore that game.
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