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Henderson capitalizes on save opportunities

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers closer Jim Henderson set a franchise record by recording the final three outs of Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Pirates -- his 12th consecutive appearance with a save.

Henderson was more interested in the implications for the team.

"It's just great that we're winning and I'm in those situations," Henderson said.

The previous record was held by Trevor Hoffman, who logged a save in 11 straight appearances in 2009, when then-manager Ken Macha was coaxing Hoffman to the 600-save plateau. Henderson surpassed Hoffman's mark with good pitching -- he entered Wednesday with a 1.82 ERA -- and good luck, because Henderson has not been needed in a tie game.

"He's done a great job. Those kinds of numbers, though, that stuff's misleading," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's great, but it's just opportunity.

"I like what he's doing. I like that when he gets a save opportunity, he's really pitching well."

Henderson still has a long way to go to break a more prominent club record. John Axford converted 49 consecutive save opportunities from 2011-12.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.
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