Takashi Saito pitched his scoreless inning at the perfect time tonight: He retired three batters in the top of the sixth and was the pitcher of record when the Brewers scored five runs in the bottom half, earning the victory.
Saito entered the game today 41 years and 230 days old. As you might expect, he's far and away the oldest pitcher to win a game in Brewer postseason history:
|Takashi Saito||2011||NLDS||2||41 years, 230 days|
|Don Sutton||1982||ALCS||3||37 years, 189 days|
|Mike Caldwell||1982||WS||5||33 years, 268 days|
|Mike Caldwell||1982||WS||1||33 years, 263 days|
|Jim Slaton||1982||WS||4||32 years, 119 days|
Perhaps more notable, however, is this: Saito is the oldest pitcher to win a playoff game in either league since Kenny Rogers of the Tigers did it in 2006. Since 1990, only five pitchers older than Saito have won a postseason contest:
|Dennis Martinez||Braves||1998||NLCS||4||43 years, 150 days|
|Roger Clemens||Astros||2005||NLCS||3||43 years, 72 days*|
|Rick Honeycutt||Cardinals||1996||NLDS||2||42 years, 96 days|
|Dennis Eckersley||Cardinals||1996||NLCS||4||42 years, 10 days|
|Kenny Rogers||Tigers||2006||WS||2||41 years, 346 days**|
* - This is the last of four for Clemens.
** - This is the last of three for Rogers.