Thursday Stats Watch: Pitching In on Wednesday Night

Three innings into the Rockies-Diamondbacks game at Coors Field on Wednesday night, the D-Backs already had lost two pitchers to injuries. Starter Shelby Miller, who only pitched one inning, was a serious enough concern that he was on a late flight back to Phoenix so he can have his left elbow examined today.

So with one out in the fourth, and the Rockies already leading 13-1, manager Torey Lovullo decided to bite the bullet and called on Daniel Descalso's and Alex Avila to work the final 4 2/3 innings in what became a 19-2 Rockies victory, snapping the Diamondbacks nine-game winning streak at Coors Field.

Descalso became the first non-pitcher to be called into a game as early as the fourth inning since Sal Bando came on in the fourth inning for the Brewers at the Royals on Aug. 29, 1979. Bando worked three innings, giving up two runs in what was an 18-8 loss.

Descalso worked 2 2/3 innings, the first non-pitcher to work more than one inning since Jose Oquendo of the Cardinals pitched four innings against the Braves on May 14, 1988.

Descalso and Avila's appearances were the 10th and 11th time a position player has pitched for the Diamdonbacks, and the fourth time for Descalso.

Mound Matters: D-Backs Pitching In

D-Backs Date Opp W L IP H R ER HR BB SO
Alex Avila 7/11/2018 Col 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Cirillo 8/20/2007 Mil 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Daniel Descalso 8/1/2017 ChC 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 8/20/2017 Min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 5/4/2018 Hou 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Daniel Descalso 7/11/2018 Col 0 0 2.2 4 3 3 2 1 1
Steve Finley 8/30/2001 SF 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mark Grace 9/2/2002 LA 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Jeff Mathis 7/8/2018 SD 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Augie Ojeda 8/14/2007 Fla 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Wilson 5/11/2009 Cin 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

Brent Mayne, who became the first position player to appear on the mound for the Rockies, worked one inning against the Braves on Aug. 22, 2000, and picked up the extra-inning victory. Todd Zeile is the other Rockies position player to appear in a game, working one inning on Sept. 14, 2002 in a 16-3 loss to the Dodgers.

Rockies Double Duty

Rockies Date Opp W L IP H R ER HR BB SO
Brent Mayne 8/22/2000 Atl 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Todd Zeile 9/14/2002 LA 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1

With the victory the Rockies are 47-45, in fourth place in the NL West, 3 1/2 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The 47-45 record equals sixth-best record in Rockies history at the 92-game mark. Three of the four better starts resulted in the Rockies going to the postseason. They were 46-46 after 92 games en route to the only World Series appearance in franchise history in 2007.

Year W L PCT. RS RA Diff Season Finish Postseason
2017 52 40 0.565 463 433 30 87-75 3 Wildcard
1995 51 41 0.554 504 489 15 77-67 2 Wildcard
2009 50 42 0.543 464 413 51 92-70 2 Wildcard
2010 50 42 0.543 442 405 37 83-79 3
1996 48 44 0.522 565 563 2 83-79 3
2018 47 45 0.511 444 456 -12 TBD TBD
2000 47 45 0.511 572 538 34 82-80 4
2003 46 46 0.5 498 498 0 74-88 4
2007 46 46 0.5 452 458 -6 90-73 2 NL Pennant
1994 44 48 0.478 468 501 -33 53-64 3
1997 44 48 0.478 530 536 -6 83-79 3
2006 44 48 0.478 426 423 3 76-86 4
2011 44 48 0.478 407 410 -3 73-89 4
2013 44 48 0.478 419 417 2 74-88 5
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