On Tuesday night, Yankees starter retired only one batter in the AL Wild-Card Game, the shortest effort by a starter in the six years of the Wild-Card playoff. And by the time the NL Wild-Card game had come to an end on Wednesday night, the two Wild-Card Game sin 2017 had accounted for three of the four Wild-Card starts that lasted less than four innings.
Yep, the Rockies Jon Gray retired only four batters in the Rockies 11-8 loss to the D-Backs, and then Zach Greinke, after being given a 6-0 lead by his D-Backs teammates couldn’t survive a four-run Rockies fourth inning, and was lifted after 3 2/3 innings.
That came after Twins starter Ervin Santana survived only two innings in the Twins loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night. There have now been seven starts in 24 Wild-Card games since that was added to the post-season schedule in 2012 that have come up short of five innings — four this year.
Starting Pitchers Who Worked Less than 5 Innings in a Wild-Card State
How strange was the D-Backs win on Wednesday night? Well, Archie Bradley, the D-Backs set up reliever, came up with two out and two on in the seventh inning, and tripled home both runs for an 8-5 lead. He joined the likes of Cy Young and Babe Ruth as one of only six pitchers to have a triple in a post-season game, and became the first reliever pitcher to triple. Bradley is only 6-for-61 as a hitter during the regular season, and all six hits were singles.
Pitchers with a triple in a post-season game
As well as the triple from Bradley, D-Backs shortstop Ketel Marte had two triples, and outfielder A.J. Pollock tripled. The four triples were the third highest total for a team in a post-season game, behind the five triples the Red Sox had in Games 3 and 7 against the Pirates in the 1903 World Series, which was the first World Series ever. There have been nine post-season games in which a team had three triples.
Marte, meanwhile, became the eighth player in post-season history to have two triples in a game, the first since the Phillies Mriano Duncan in the 1993 NLCS against the Reds.
The Rockies are now 9-12 all-time in post-season play, a .429 winning percentage, which is the eighth lowest among MLB teams. They have been to the post-season four times, but only one have advanced past the initial round — in 2007 when they swept the Phillies in the Division Series and D-Backs in the NLCS, and were swept by the Red Sox in the World Series.
|San Diego Padres||1984-2006||12||22||0.353|
|Los Angeles Angels||1979-2014||27||37||0.422|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2008-2013||13||17||0.433|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||1916-2016||89||114||0.438|