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: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies 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: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Kole Calhoun spoke with the media as well, and he said that he wasn’t expecting the Rockies catcher to back up the throw. And he also made an admission.

Calhoun spoke with the media, via Zoom, after the game as well and he said that he instinctively broke for second base but he “wasn’t expecting Wolters to be there with the ball.”

He said that the throw was “pretty directly” at his head so, while running to second and looking back at Wolters, he “ducked” his head and it hit him. He said that he didn’t argue much because he “didn’t really know what the rule [was].” He also admitted, though, that he “definitely did not try to get out of the way.”

“I’m not going to say that I deviated too much from my path … Was I trying to let it hit my head? Yeah, I was. Even looking at the replay, and when it really happened, I really don’t think I make a huge move to really get in front of the ball,” added Calhoun, who was laughing about the situation.

In the 9th, with Daniel Bard on the mound, Wolters was injured on a foul ball that hit his knee. He was removed from the game in favor of Drew Butera. Wolters was taken for x-rays but Bud Black did not have an update yet when he spoke with the media after the game.

Ryan Castellani got the win, as he went six innings allowing three hits, two runs (both earned and from solo homers), three walks, and he struck out three. Daniel Bard got the save, his second on the season.

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We’ll have to see whether or not Wolters or Blackmon are in the lineup today or available for pinch-hitting/late-game substitution duties. The Rockies have German Marquez slated to start against left-hander Alex Young at 7:40 p.m. (Mountain time).

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