Of course, Nathan had thrown plenty of warmup pitches before coming into Tuesday's game. But it's the quickest save of his career. He did have a one-pitch out in relief in 2003, but it was in setup. His fewest-pitched save prior to Tuesday was Sept. 13, 2004 at Detroit when he needed three pitches to get the final out. Last night, of course, he got two outs with one pitch.
"For me, it was making sure I go out and pull out a win for [Darvish]," Nathan said. "For him to walk away and not have a 'W' next to his name would have been a shame for sure.