CINCINNATI - Luis Gonzalez passed another name on the career doubles list Sunday when he recorded No. 512 to move into 36th all time ahead of former teammate Mark Grace.
Next up is former Mariner Edgar Martinez with 514 doubles.
Grace, who played first base for the Diamondbacks before moving into the press box as a television analyst, didn’t seem all that excited about Gonzalez tying his mark with a double Saturday.
“I looked up and he was hanging halfway out of the (press box) window,” Gonzalez said. “I had to explain what he was doing to the umpire.”
It wasn’t the first time Grace has injected himself into a game he was broadcasting.
In the sixth inning of a game against the Mets last season, Grace good-naturedly attempted to jinx a Pedro Martinez no-hitter by yelling at the pitcher from the press box. The move worked, as Martinez gave up hit in the next inning.
“That’s the way he was when he played,” Gonzalez said. “He was always an easygoing guy and he was always pulling antics trying to keep the guys loose.”
A few hours after the Pirates and Astros wrapped up their 18-inning marathon Sunday morning, Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin recalled a 14-inning game in which he played back in 1987.
Though his recollection of the day’s events was fuzzy, Internet research came up with the following account.
Melvin’s Giants won a 14-inning affair against the Pirates, 8-4, on a sweltering day on the artificial turf field in Pittsburgh.
Though he didn’t start the game, Melvin caught the last seven innings after Bob Brenly was lifted in a double switch. He drove in the goahead run on a single in the 14th and then scored on a three-run homer by Chili Davis.
Though he remembered the home run being hit by Kevin Mitchell, who went hitless in the game, the story was too good not to print.
“I felt like picking him up and carrying him off the field,” Melvin laughed. “It was one of those games where, I didn’t have the weight to lose, and I got on the scale after the game and lost like 11 pounds.”
JULIO PLAYS, JARVIS SITS
Jorge Julio made his Diamondbacks debut Saturday night, tossing a perfect ninth inning with a seven-run lead.
The mop-up situation seemed better suited for recent call-up Kevin Jarvis to make his debut. But with rookie Enrique Gonzalez scheduled to start Sunday, the team wanted to keep long relievers Jarvis and Jason Grimsley fresh.
So Julio was the answer.
“It was a decision we had to weigh a little bit, but we wanted to get Julio involved,” Melvin said.
Reliever Terry Mulholland left his rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Tucson Saturday in the middle of an inning but it was due to his pitch count not a health concern.
No timetable has been established for his return, but it’s clear that numbers are about to get tight on the Diamondbacks roster with he and Russ Ortiz on the mend.
“Russ has another outing (Wednesday) and we’ve got a kid (Enrique Gonzalez) making his first start,” Melvin said. “We’ve got some things to talk about in the coming days.”