Cordero climbs to 19th on all-time saves list

Cordero climbs to 19th on all-time saves list

Cordero climbs to 19th on all-time saves list
LOS ANGELES -- It's becoming a regular practice after a save for Reds closer Francisco Cordero.

Clubhouse manager Rick Stowe retrieves the lineup card and has manager Dusty Baker and teammates sign the card each time Cordero has a milestone save. During Monday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers, Cordero notched career save No. 303, which tied him with Doug Jones for 20th on the all-time list.

He allowed a run on Tuesday but notched save No. 304, tying him for 19th with Jeff Montgomery.

"It's nice. It's good every time Rick comes to me and says, 'I've got your lineup card,'" Cordero said on Tuesday. "It makes me feel good and proud of myself and the job I've been doing in the big leagues."

Cordero is 14-for-16 in save chances this season and owns a 1.67 ERA in 31 games. He retired 21 of 31 first batters faced. Last season, he was a leader among closers in negative categories like blown saves (eight in 48 chances), walks and hits allowed.

"This year, I've been throwing more strikes and getting ahead of hitters more than I was last year," Cordero said. "Last year, I walked a lot of guys. It seems like every time you walk a guy, he comes in to score."

Cordero frames the scorecards he receives from the club. He got one when he passed Jason Isringhausen for 22nd all time and another one for his 300th career save, which tied him with Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter for 21st on June 1.

"I will continue to get more and more," Cordero said. "If I've got no space in my house, my family and friends will find the space for it and do something with them."