PHILADELPHIA -- The road to the Major Leagues can be long. D-backs right-handed reliever Chaz Roe took that to an extreme on Saturday. He woke up in Reno, Nev., where he was pitching for the Triple-A Aces. Recalled after J.J. Putz was placed on the disabled list with a dislocated right little finger, he flew to Philadelphia, changing planes in Denver.
He arrived at Citizens Bank Park in time for a game that eventually went 18 innings. The team bus back to the hotel left the park at 3 a.m. ET.
But first, he came out of the bullpen to strike out Phillies pinch-hitter Erik Kratz with two out and two on in the 11th inning, then stayed on to set the side down in order in the 12th, notching two more strikeouts.
He pitched two more shutout innings Sunday, walking one and striking out one.
That's the sort of success Roe, 26, has had at Double-A Mobile and Reno this season, where he has a combined 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. He hasn't been able to duplicate that in the big leagues to this point -- 5.40 ERA in five games in three separate stints before Saturday since making his Major League debut on July 1 -- but Kirk Gibson said that's not unusual for younger players.
"If you just look where he came from last year, he jumped many levels. He's done good to get this far," Gibson said. "He's in Triple-A and he's pitched good. He throws strikes, he moves the ball around, good slider.
"Ultimately, you try and do what you did at your previous levels. You try to duplicate it when you increase your level. But it's a different game, so it's harder. There is a period of adjustment. But he's been up here a couple times. And you find that every time they do come up that they're more comfortable, even with the surroundings and the schedule and what you're doing. They tend to trust themselves and their stuff better, and they tend to execute better."
Prado delivers on promise to special-needs fan
PHILADELPHIA -- His first name is Josh. D-backs third baseman Martin Prado doesn't know his last name, only that he's a special-needs Phillies fan whom he became acquainted with five or six years ago, when Prado was still with the Braves.
They talk almost every time Prado comes to Philadelphia. Saturday night, though, was different. After presenting Josh with a bat, he said he would hit a home run, then point to him afterward.
"I don't know why," Prado said. "I was just talking to him, and it just came to my mind. I just said it. At that moment, it just felt good to tell him that."
Sure enough, with two out in the first inning, Prado launched a two-run homer off Phillies rookie starter Ethan Martin. And as he rounded the bases, he pointed to Josh and his family sitting behind third base.
"That's just one of the times that shows you that words can be powerful. I'm glad that it made his day," Prado said. "He's a special kid. I told him before the game, 'Hey, Josh, where are you going to sit?' And he told me where his family was going to be. So I said, 'I promise you I'm going to hit a homer and I'm going to point at you.' It was a good feeling. Bringing that kind of moment for him and a lot of people, that's what we're here for."
The two met through former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur. And here's the really amazing part: This was the second time this season Prado has called his shot. Earlier this season, at Chase Field, he was introduced to another special needs fan through teammate Willie Bloomquist, told him he'd hit a homer for him and delivered.
"It was very cool," Prado said.
Gosewisch laughs off pair of outs vs. position players
PHILADELPHIA -- No matter what Tuffy Gosewisch does the rest of his career, this will always be part of his resume: He made two outs in the 18th inning of Saturday night's 12-7 win over the Phillies, against two different position players, outfielder Casper Wells and infielder John McDonald, who were pressed into mound duty.
"You can't think about that," he said with a smile. "I just wanted to win. I didn't look at it like that. Nobody wants to strike out against a position player, but you can get ticked off or laugh about it. Johnny Mac is a good guy, and he's got that on me for the rest of his life. I've already gotten a good ribbing about that, but it's not bad.
"Wells was throwing 90-91, throwing a changeup to right-handed hitters. He was throwing harder than [Phillies pitcher Tyler] Cloyd. He has a good arm. I think he could probably be a pitcher."
Noted right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who will start against the Padres on Monday night at Chase Field: "It had gotten to the point where you start counting down how many hours of sleep you can get."
McCarthy said he wasn't inclined to give Gosewisch a hard time.
"I think, in a game like this, no matter what you do, you'll end up a historical footnote," he said. "We were playing a baseball game that turned into a cricket match. It took forever."
The D-backs are 14-5 in extra-inning games this season.
"We don't work on it in Spring Training, how to keep the game tied," McCarthy said wryly. "It starts to get aggravating."
• The D-backs are still trying to figure out who will start Tuesday night against the Padres at Chase Field after Trevor Cahill, who had been penciled into that spot, pitched four innings of relief in Saturday's 18-inning win. Gibson hinted that bringing a starter up from the Minors was a strong possibility.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.