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Game #55: Diamondbacks vs. Padres

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After the elements conspired against Chase Anderson in his attempt to become the first Diamondbacks rookie to start his career by winning his first three appearances, he gets another crack tonight, at home against the Padres.

Jim McIsaac

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Tim Stauffer
RHP, 2-0, 1.90
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Chase Anderson
RHP, 2-0, 5.06

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. A.J. Pollock - CF
  2. Gerardo Parra - RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Martin Prado - 3B
  6. Aaron Hill - 2B
  7. Chris Owings - SS
  8. Ender Inciarte - LF
  9. Chase Anderson - P

The original line-up had Cliff Pennington at SS, but his hand was still giving him a bit of grief, after he tried to tag Cabrera last night. No cause for concern - not that I think many SnakePitters will be concerned about anything which see Owings in the line-up instead of Pennington. The only other change sees Cody Ross sitting, with Inciarte replacing him in RF. Perhaps seeing the departure of Marte will inspire Inciarte to improve on a spectacularly-low OPS of .246. That's lower than the batting average of every other position player in the line-up tonight, which can only merit a "Well done!"

Many pitchers win their major-league debuts: we've already had nine this year, and there have been 218 all told, since the Diamondbacks started playing. Win your first two appearances? A lot rarer, but it still happens: 46 occasions since 1998 - interestingly, Chase Anderson isn't the only current Diamondback to have done it, as Oliver Perez also won his first two games in the majors, as a Padre back in 2002. But three? Now you're talking the elite. Ten players in the past 17 seasons, including former/never-was Diamondback Randy Wolf, and Alexi Ogando, who somehow managed it with three relief appearances! Here are all ten:

Player W L ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP Tm
Clay Buchholz Ind. Games 3 0 1.50 2 1 1 0 18.0 9 3 0 8 17 0.94 BOS
Gerrit Cole Ind. Games 3 0 3.44 3 0 0 0 18.1 18 7 1 1 8 1.04 PIT
Jeremy Hellickson Ind. Games 3 0 1.35 3 0 0 0 20.0 9 3 1 3 18 0.60 TBR
Kazuhisa Ishii Ind. Games 3 0 1.53 3 0 0 0 17.2 12 3 0 9 21 1.19 LAD
Jason Jennings Ind. Games 3 0 1.23 3 1 1 0 22.0 16 3 2 9 15 1.14 COL
Scott Lewis Ind. Games 3 0 1.42 3 0 0 0 19.0 14 3 1 5 14 1.00 CLE
Alexi Ogando Ind. Games 3 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 6.1 1 0 0 4 6 0.79 TEX
Doug Waechter Ind. Games 3 0 2.08 2 1 1 0 17.1 12 4 2 5 16 0.98 TBD
Jered Weaver Ind. Games 3 0 1.86 3 0 0 0 19.1 11 4 2 3 17 0.72 LAA
Randy Wolf Ind. Games 3 0 1.74 3 0 0 0 20.2 15 4 1 8 21 1.11 PHI

Chase Anderson can join them, if he picks up the W tonight. For what it's worth, the record-holder over that time is Jered Weaver, who won his first seven games, and went 9-0 before tasting defeat at all.