Brothers Edwin and Alexis Diaz make history with parades on Tuesday

One plays in Queens and the other in Queen City, but Edwin and Alexis Diaz pulled off a rare baseball feat together on Tuesday.

The Diaz brothers became the third group of siblings — and the first in nearly 25 years — to make same-day saves in Major League Baseball. Edwin finished the first game of a doubleheader split against the Cardinals for the Mets while Alexis recorded his first major league save for the Reds in Cleveland.

“It was quite emotional. He came through the minors and made his big league debut earlier this season. We are very happy that he made his first save [Tuesday]Edwin Diaz said ahead of Wednesday’s Mets game against St. Louis. “It was something special for my family.

“We didn’t know anything about the other brothers beforehand, we just saw that today. It was really fun and I’m looking forward to seeing him close further there.”

Edwin and Alexis Diaz
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The previous brothers who made both record saves on the same day were Todd Worrell (Dodgers) and Tim Worrell (Padres), who accomplished the feat on June 13, 1997. The first brothers in MLB history to do so were Ravelo Manzanillo (Pirates) and Josias Manzanillo of the Mets on June 30, 1994.

Edwin Diaz, 28, is enjoying a stellar season in his third year with the Mets, coming into play Wednesday with nine saves in 10 opportunities and a 1.69 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 16.0 innings over 16 relief appearances.

His younger brother Alexis, 25, had to deal with some arm injuries growing up but made the Reds squad early in the season. The rookie has allowed just one deserved run in 17 ¹/₃ innings (.52 ERA) with a .92 WHIP in 16 appearances.

“As little kids [in Puerto Rico], we didn’t think about playing in the big leagues. Just having fun,” said Edwin Diaz. “Then I got signed a few years before him and when he signed he was struggling a bit with a couple of injuries but he recovered and started to do well in the minors.

“I told him you have a good chance of playing in the big leagues if they give you the opportunity.”

In their extra-inning win over the Guardians, the Reds hit the go-ahead run at the top of 10th place. Alexis Diaz scored a scoreless inning on his first save of his career, beating All-Star Jose Ramirez with loaded bases to end the game.

“They brought him in and he made the save,” Edwin Diaz said. “So I hope they give him the opportunity again.”

The Mets and Reds only face each other in a three-game series that begins July 4 in Cincinnati. Edwin Diaz said his parents and other family members all plan to be there.

“I can’t wait to be there. We’re going to Cincinnati first. Maybe we’ll see him fight us and I’ll fight them,” said Diaz, who has 182 saves in his career. “It will be fun for us and do something good for my family.” Brothers Edwin and Alexis Diaz make history with parades on Tuesday


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