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Rockies 6, Phillies 2: Ryan McMahon returns to lift the Rockies to their first home victory

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Kyle Freeland was great but Ryan McMahon’s two home runs lifted the Rockies

The Colorado Rockies earned their first 2019 win at Coors Field on Thursday, defeating the Phillies 6-2. Rockies pitching managed to limit the vaunted Philadelphia offense to two runs on five hits, while their so-far-not-so-great offense produced six runs on 11 hits. Kyle Freeland tossed six shutout innings but it was Ryan McMahon’s two home runs and five RBI that really carried the day.

Welcome back, RyMac Jack

The Rockies activated David Dahl and Ryan McMahon from the IL before the game. Dahl, who was the best hitter on the club before he got hurt, went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored and is now hitting .342 on the year. Pretty good. But, then again, McMahon did this...

And then this...

McMahon hit the ball pretty well overall tonight and finished 3-for-4 with a career high five RBI. With these two back in the lineup the offense gains a lot of length.

You can go home again

Kyle Freeland hasn’t had the best start to 2019. Since his Opening Day start in Miami he’s allowed 12 runs and nine walks over his last 14 23 innings. He put that behind him tonight. Six shutout innings with seven strikeouts, two hits, and, perhaps most importantly, no walks. The two hits he allowed: a pitcher poking a line drive to right and a Baltimore chop infield hit. It’s exactly the kind of night Kyle needed.

Those strikes below the zone? Lots of swings and misses for Kyle tonight.
Baseball Savant

Nolan Being Nolan

Look, this format for recaps means we can cover whatever we want. Which means if there’s video of a great play from Nolan, you best believe I’m going to include it.

Up Next

Game two of the four game set will happen Friday night. The Phillies will send Vince Velasquez to the mound and the Rockies will see how long German Márquez can keep his scoreless streak up. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm MT.