It feels like so long ago that Antonio Senzatela was skipping Triple-A after barely a cup of coffee in Double-A to make the Colorado Rockies 2017 starting rotation out of the gate.

And the fact that the then 22-year-old managed to beat Clayton Kershaw to the mark of first pitcher in the National League is something that the kid they call “Senza” appears determined to make more than a trivial footnote in history.

He eventually fell out of the rotation last season and wouldn’t get his chance to start until Jon Gray was unexpectedly sent down for a brief stint in the minors. But none of it – from the passing of his mother a year before his debut to the ups and downs from rotation to bullpen or MLB to the minors – has dampened his spirits or stunted his will to give everything he can, each time out.

Picking a heck of a time to pitch arguably the best game of his career, especially given the context, Senzteal retired the first 14 Arizona Diamondbacks he faced. He would allow just three hits in total, did not walk a batter and struck out four over seven innings in a game his club needed to win with both of the teams ahead of them in the NL West and Wild Card races picking up victories on the day. (*Unless the Padres make an epic comeback.)

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.