Colorado Rockies history: Brent Mayne makes history on the mound

Catcher Brent Mayne celebrates a win with his Colorado Rockies teammates (Getty Images)
Catcher Brent Mayne celebrates a win with his Colorado Rockies teammates (Getty Images) /

As we continue our look at some of the best moments in Colorado Rockies history, we take a look back today at one of the most unique moments not only at Coors Field but also in franchise lore.

On August 21, 2000, Brent Mayne, a catcher who had never pitched before at any level, earned the win as the Rockies beat the juggernaut Atlanta Braves, 7-6 in 12 innings. The win was Mayne’s only big league win and marked the first time that a position player had picked up a win since Rocky Colavito turned the trick in 1968.

But it wasn’t just that Mayne earned the win. It was how he did it.

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With the Rockies down to their last available reliever in the 11th inning, John Wasdin was brought in to try to get the win for Colorado. However, he hit Andres Galarraga with a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the inning. A brawl broke out (despite the hit batter being the first one of the game … in extra innings … on a full count … with two outs). It was crazy enough and memorable enough that we named it one of the four biggest brawls in Rockies history.

So Colorado loses its last pitcher and has to turn to a position player to try to stay in the game. Mayne pitches the top of the 12th and retires Tom Glavine (used as a pinch hitter), Rafael Furcal and Chipper Jones to keep the game tied.

As fate would have it, Colorado scores a run in the bottom of the 12th when Adam Melhuse hits an RBI single off John Rocker and the Rockies get the win. Yes, a catcher who has never pitched before at any level gets the win at Coors Field. If you want to read a full account of how the 12th inning went down (and laugh along the way), the amazing Grant Brisbee provides a great read here.

Next: Looking back at Colorado's only no-hitter

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