MIAMI — Reliever Joel Hanrahan got two strikeouts in the eighth inning tonight, giving him a career-high 100 for the season.
“There’s guys who have way more, but it’s a nice number to look at,” Hanrahan said. “I wish our season was better. But on the individual side, it’s a good thing to look at.”
“That’s a phenomenal feat, coming out of the bullpen,” manager John Russell said. “Especially to do it the way he did.”
It was not a clean inning for Hanrahan. He walked leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio and gave up an infield single to Ozzie Martinez. After Logan Morrison flew out to deep center, Hanrahan fanned Dan Uggla on a checked-swing and whiffed Gaby Sanchez with a 3-2 slider.
Hanrahan was thinking K all the way with Sanchez at the plate.
“What else do you think I was thinking about?” Hanrahan said, grinning. “I definitely wasn’t going to give in. (Catcher Chris) Snyder knew what I was trying to get to. It was fun.”
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