Badenhop riding an 18-inning scoreless streak

Badenhop riding an 18-inning scoreless streak
June 21, 2014, 4:45 pm
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OAKLAND -- Burke Badenhop began Saturday with an 18-inning scoreless streak, the fourth-longest active streak for any American League pitcher. Badenhop has also not allowed an earned run in his past 32 1/3 innings, spanning 28 appearances.

His ERA of 1.55 is fourth best among AL relievers and he ranks third in inning pitched with 40 2/3 innings.

"He's become invaluable, to be honest,'' said John Farrell of the right-hander. "His willingness to attack the strike zone....he knows he's going to pitch to contact. More than anything, he knows who he is as a pitcher. He knows what his strengths are, he knows what he's trying to get accomplished and it's led to the consistency he's shown.''

Badenhop, 31, acquired from the Brewers in an offseason trade, had a slow start to the season, but once his velocity kicked in, his trademark sinker became much more effective.

"He's been a main cog in that pen in a number of roles,'' said Farrell. "We wanted a contrast in style, a guy who had the ability to get two outs with one pitch, which he does and he's embraced the versatility that we've asked of him.''

Badenhop has gotten hitters to ground into 10 double plays, most of any major league reliever.