2000 vs. Braves
August 22, 2000, will be remembered more for Brent Mayne’s pitching than a brawl, but the Rockies and Atlanta Braves had quite the fracas just before the Colorado catcher made history.
Mayne came on in the top of the 12th to pitch a scoreless inning and ended up earning the victory in Colorado’s 7-6 decision over the Braves. With his effort, Mayne became the first MLB position player to be a winning pitcher in 32 years and the first National Leaguer in 44 years.
As a side note, John Rocker took the loss and, in typical John Rocker fashion, yelled at reporters who tried to talk to him after the game.
Ironically, Mayne might not have ever earned the win had it not been for a brawl. Mayne was pushed into action after Colorado Rockies reliever John Wasdin was ejected from the game in the 11th. Wasdin plunked former Rockie Andres Galarraga, who charged the mound after being hit in the shoulder on a 3-2 pitch.
Galarraga slowly walked toward first base before Wasdin gestured at him. Galarraga rushed Wasdin, and the benches emptied.
“If Galarraga’s going to instigate, he’s the one who should be thrown out of the game,” said Colorado manager Buddy Bell, who was ejected along with Wasdin and Galarraga. “What’s Wasdin supposed to do? Run out into left field? It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
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