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Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 2: Tim Melville brilliant in return to the majors

The Rockies avoided the sweep with the help of their bench and their emergency starter

The Rockies avoided the sweep in their final game against the Diamondbacks in 2019, winning 7-2. The Snakes were limited to four hits and their two runs were scored on solo homers by Ketel Marte and Alex Avila.

Tim Melville was brilliant

Tim Melville is a great story. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 and started this year out in the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks. He signed with the Rockies in May and has spent the year in Albuquerque.

Today, he did it all. Not only did he pitch seven innings of two-hit baseball (the first Rockies pitcher to do that since April), but he also had his first major league hit and recorded his first two RBI. One of those RBI was on a beautifully executed sacrifice in the sixth.

Per Elias Sports, Tim Melville joined Jason Jennings as the only two pitchers with multiple RBI in their Rockies debuts. This was also Melville’s first major league win. Despite this being an emergency start, hopefully this is a sign of things to come from Tim Melville.

“Singled to Death”

Beyond the great Tim Melville story, the offense also put together a great game despite the lack of Nolan Arenado and Daniel Murphy in the starting lineup. Of the Rockies’ 14 hits, 12 of them were singles. Dom Nuñez recorded two hits — a double and a single — and the double was the only extra base hit from the starting lineup. This was Nuñez’ first multi-hit game in the major leagues. Daniel Murphy also hit a pinch hit double in the ninth and Raimel Tapia, Charlie Blackmon, and Yonathan Daza also had two hit days today. The only starter to not hit today was Ryan McMahon, who snapped a nine game hit streak.

Up Next

The Rockies fly to St. Louis next to face the Cardinals. German Márquez is the projected starter against righty Miles Mikolas. Hopefully he drinks enough water this time!