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Joel Hanrahan named winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for June07/05/2011 5:21 PM ET
Joel Hanrahan of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been selected as the unanimous winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for June, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
A first-time All-Star after being elected by his fellow players this past Sunday, Hanrahan converted all nine of his save opportunities in June, registering a 0.71 ERA by allowing one run on just five hits. He struck out 11 batters against only three walks. Hanrahan had a stretch of nine consecutive appearances, from June 7th-24th, in which he did not allow a hit. In 39 games this season, Hanrahan is 25-for-25 on his saves opportunities, setting a club record for most consecutive saves without a blown save, along with his 1.37 ERA. He has already tied Mike Williams' club record for most saves by the All- Star break (25 in 2002 and 2003). In addition, he now has a streak of 27 straight saves dating back to last year, which is the longest current streak in the Majors and is one shy of the club record of 28. Hanrahan has surrendered just one home run all season. The 29-year-old right-hander has fanned 33 batters and walked only eight in his 39.1 innings pitched, and batters are hitting just .206 against him. The Iowa native has allowed just three runs in his last 28 appearances, spanning 27.1 innings pitched, and has posted a 0.84 ERA (32.0 IP/3 ER) in his last 32 games. Hanrahan, who pitched for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, has helped the Pirates to a 44-41 record entering their game on Tuesday night, just 1.5 games behind the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Other relievers who received votes for their efforts in June included John Axford (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 saves) of the Milwaukee Brewers; Mariano Rivera (0.90 ERA, 8 saves) of the New York Yankees; and Brian Wilson (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 10 saves) of the San Francisco Giants.
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