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Ian Thomas part of MLB-record 58 players (24 pitchers) used in Rockies-Dodgers 16-inning game

Ian Thomas 58

This photo explains it all. Former Revs lefty Ian Thomas was one of a MLB-record 58 players used in a single game when the Rockies and Dodgers played 16 innings on September 15 (and into 9/16).

The jersey number former York Revolution pitcher Ian Thomas (’12) has worn in his two Major League seasons with the Braves and Dodgers will now carry some coincidental significance; by pitching one third of an inning on September 15 during the 16-inning game between Colorado and Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, Thomas was part of a game which featured a MLB-record 58 players used.  24 pitchers were used in the game, also a big league-record.

Tied 3-3 in the top of the 10th with two out, Thomas came in and retired the only man he faced, Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez on a ground out to short.  It always seems to happen in marathon extra-inning games:  Each team scored a run in the 11th to keep the game going.  After Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies ahead with a one-out RBI single to center, staffed at the time by Lancaster native Chris Heisey, it was Heisey who returned the favor with a one-out run-scoring infield single of his own to extend the game.  Go figure there ends up being a York and Lancaster connection to this bit of Major League history.

In the 16th, Nolan Arenado’s solo shot tied him with Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs (39), and after five hours and 23 minutes the Rockies finished it a half-inning later for a 5-4 win.  The game ended after 12:30 Pacific Time, and after 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  If any of you stayed up to watch the whole thing to see Ian Thomas pitch, hear Vin Scully, or both, kudos.

Of course, a record like this for players used in a single game could not occur prior to September 1, as on that date any player on the 40-man roster is eligible to be active in the Major Leagues, in addition to the usual 25-man active roster.  On the 1st, Thomas was re-called by Los Angeles from Triple-A Oklahoma City, his fifth MLB call-up of 2015 between the Braves and Dodgers, as Atlanta traded Thomas to L.A. earlier this season as part of the Juan Uribe-Alberto Callaspo deal.  On July 24 of this season, Thomas made his first MLB start and beat the Mets in New York, stepping in for Zack Grienke as Greinke’s wife had the couple’s first child.

Click here for the insane box score from the game.

-Paul Braverman




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