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
|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
|5/8/1994||at SDP||W 1-0||9||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|
|7/18/2010||at CIN||W 1-0||9||8|
|8/22/2010||at ARI||W 1-0||9||3|
|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.
While Senzatela did the heavy lifting, five relievers combined to pick up the final 7 2/3 innings, and there were some tense times.
|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.