DENVER -- Reds closer Francisco Cordero reached a significant milestone in Friday night's 4-1 win over the Rockies, as he earned his 322nd career save. It made him the all-time saves leader among pitchers from the Dominican Republic, giving him one more than his friend, Jose Mesa.
"It was an exciting moment," Cordero said. "Not only for me, but for the people who have been following me."
While Friday's save, his 32nd of the season, gave Cordero reason for reflection -- the save moved him past Mesa for 13th on the all-time list -- it was just the latest in a string of dominating performances for the right-hander since the All-Star break.
Since the break, Cordero has converted 15 straight save opportunities. He has appeared in 22 games during that stretch, giving up just three earned runs over 23 innings (1.17 ERA).
"Since those games in Milwaukee [before the break, when he gave up six combined runs], I've been pitching pretty well," Cordero said. "This is where I try to be all the time. I try to get the job done and be the best at what I do."
Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan said Cordero's success has been founded on his ability to sharply control all four of his pitches.
"He's used all his pitches, he's not walking guys, and he's keeping the ball down," Hanigan said. "He's getting ahead. His stuff's always been great. It's really just the consistency of all four pitches. Usually he doesn't have one, necessarily, all the time, but right now he has all his pitches. He's been tough, man."
Cordero needs three more saves to tie John Franco (148) for second on the Reds' all-time list.