Senzatela: Oh, What a Relief He Is

Antonio Senzatela is a starting pitcher in waiting.

He, however, is making good use of his time while he waits, providing the Rockies a strong arm out of the bullpen.

And on Friday night, he not only came to the rescue when starting pitcher Tyler Anderson was having breathing problems in the second inning, but he got himself a victory and became a baseball trivia footnote in the Rockies 1-0 victory against the Marlins in Miami.

"I am really proud of Antonio," said Rockies manager Bud Black. "We still see him as a starter as we look forward, but he helps us win a game (Friday) in a big way."

How big? Well, he worked 3 2/3 shutout innings, and with two out in the fifth delivered a double that produced the only run.

Big deal? Well, he became only the fourth relief pitcher since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to pick up a win in a game in which he drove in the game's only run. Senzatela's 3 2/3 innings is longer than any of the previous three, and he is the only one of the group to accomplish the feat in the regulation nine innings, according to Stats, Inc.

What a Relief

Date Reliever Opp Notable
6/11/1993 Oral Hildebrand, Indians Browns 2-out single in 10th scored Joe Vosmik
Retired 2 batters top of 10th
8/6/1962 Johnny Klippstein, Reds Astros HR 13th inning off Don McMahon
Worked final 3 innings
8/23/1980 Joe Niekro, Astros Cubs 2-out single, bottom 17th scored Dennis Walling
Pitched 16th, 17th innings
Friday Antonio Senzatela, Rockies Marlins 2-out double in 5th scored Gerardo Parra
Worked 3 2/3 innings, single, walk 4 strikeouts

Just how big a deal is a 1-0 victory for the Rockies? Well it was just the 20th for the franchise, which is in its 26th year of existence. It was the 13th on the road, according to Baseball-reference.com.

The Slimmest of Margins

Date Opponet IP H
5/8/1994 at SDP W 1-0 9 6
8/10/1994 ATL W 1-0 6 6
9/12/1998 at SFG W 1-0 9 6
9/20/1998 at SDP W 1-0 11 4
5/30/1999 at PHI W 1-0 9 5
8/12/2002 at FLA W 1-0 9 5
9/24/2002 at LAD W 1-0 9 3
7/9/2005 SDP W 1-0 9 7
6/11/2008 SFG W 1-0 9 6
9/14/2008 LAD W 1-0 10 8
9/17/2008 SDP W 1-0 9 5
7/6/2009 WSN W 1-0 9 7
7/18/2010 at CIN W 1-0 9 8
8/22/2010 at ARI W 1-0 9 3
6/12/2010 TOR W 1-0 9 4
8/23/2012 at NYM W 1-0 9 7
9/28/2013 at LAD W 1-0 9 3
4/12/2014 at SFG W 1-0 9 3
6/8/2016 at LAD W 1-0 9 4
4/27/2018 at MIA W 1-0 9 5

Senzatela has assumed a major load in the bullpen. He ranks No. 2 among NL relievers in innings pitched, and Adam Ottavino is ninth.

Player Team W L Sv SvOP G IP
Shane Carle Atl 2 1 0 1 12 17.2
Antonio Senzatela Col 2 1 0 0 10 17.1
Adam Cimber SD 1 1 0 0 12 17
Jordan Lyles SD 0 0 0 0 11 16.1
Jacob Barnes Mil 0 1 2 4 12 15.1
Tyler Glasnow Pit 0 1 0 0 7 15.1
Josh Hader Mil 0 0 3 3 10 15.1
Fernando Salas Ari 3 1 0 0 12 15.1
Adam Ottavino Col 3 0 0 1 14 15

While Senzatela did the heavy lifting, five relievers combined to pick up the final 7 2/3 innings, and there were some tense times.

Reliever Work load Note
Antonio Senzatela 3 2/3 innings Marlins were 0-for-3 RISP against him
Bryan Shaw 1 inning Three ground outs from middle of order
Jake McGee 2/3 innings Sandwiched 2 outs with a Bour walk, Brinson single
Adam Ottavino 1 1/3 innings Struck out Anderson/Bour with two on in 8th
Wade Davis 1 inning Pitched around lead off Dietrich double in 9th

The Rockies bullpen does rank fourth in the NL in innings pitched with 101 innings. It also has 10 saves, tied for the NL lead with the Mets, and is 7-3.

Team W L Sv SvOP G IP ERA
Padres 3 6 6 7 27 108.2 2.73
Marlins 4 7 2 6 25 105 5.57
Brewers 7 4 7 14 27 102.1 2.37
Rockies 7 3 10 15 27 101 4.9
Braves 6 8 3 5 25 98.1 4.21
Reds 3 7 3 5 26 98 5.23
Dodgers 4 5 4 11 24 91.2 4.22
Mets 9 3 10 16 24 90 3.4
Pirates 4 5 6 10 25 89.2 4.62
Giants 6 3 7 13 25 89 3.44
Cubs 6 2 6 8 23 87.2 2.77
Phillies 8 3 6 9 25 87 3
Cardinals 3 5 7 12 25 86.2 3.53
Diamondbacks 5 4 9 9 24 85.1 1.69
Nationals 1 6 6 9 25 77.2 5.1
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