Colorado Rockies morning after: Ryan Castellani’s first MLB win was an odd one

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 24: Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani #60 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 24: Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani #60 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 24: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies safely dives into third base past the tag from infielder Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 24: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies safely dives into third base past the tag from infielder Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The third inning the beginning of a strange night for Rockies catcher Tony Wolters.

With it being a 1-0 game in the top of the third, Tony Wolters led the inning off with a single. With Wolters on first, Raimel Tapia grounded a single to center. Wolters, aggressively, tried to make it third base. Center fielder Starling Marte’s throw beat Wolters at third base but Wolters dove, in mid-air, on top of Eduardo Escobar’s glove, knocking the ball out of his hand.

Wolters was safe and Tapia advanced to second on what was later ruled an error on Escobar (originally, it was ruled a throwing error on the center fielder Marte).

After Story was retired, the D’Backs decided to intentionally walk Nolan Arenado (as they would later in the fifth inning). Daniel Murphy got a sacrifice fly to score Wolters but Ryan McMahon was retired on the first pitch of his at-bat following Murphy to end the inning, as the Rockies were only able to plate one runner after they had the bases loaded with only one out.

Castellani gave up a solo homer to Kole Calhoun in the third to make it a 2-1 game and Christian Walker homered to tie it at two in the fourth.

Taylor Widener comes on in relief to start the fifth and Tony Wolters, leading off the inning again, gets a hit again but this time, it’s a double to right field. Tapia drives in Wolters with a single to right field three pitches later to regain the lead at 3-2, which is where the scoring would stay.

The Rockies had plenty of chances to make it a bigger lead, particularly in the fifth and seventh, when they had runners on first and second with only one out and failed to score. The Rockies also hit into three double plays in the game.

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