Balfour breaks Eckersley's franchise consecutive saves record

Balfour on breaking Eck's record: 'I never set out to do this'

Balfour breaks Eckersley's franchise consecutive saves record
July 8, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Despite being a perfect 23-for-23 in save opportunities this season, Grant Balfour was not selected to the All-Star Game. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Grant Balfour saved his 41st consecutive game Monday night, breaking Dennis Eckersley's all-time franchise record.

Balfour, 35, has now converted all 23 of his save opportunities this season.

In three years with the A's he has converted 48 of 55 save opportunities.

Eckersley recorded his 40 straight saves from Sept. 15, 1991 to Aug. 7, 1992. The 1992 Cy Young Award winner and American League MVP saved 320 of his 324 games for the A's over nine years in Oakland. Eckersley went 197-171 with a 3.50 ERA and 2,401 strikeouts to 738 walks over his 24-year, Hall-of-Fame career.

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