In a game that was scoreless through seven and a half innings, it was Ryan McMahon who ended up being the hero. After Jairo Diaz blew the save in the ninth, Nolan Arenado walked to start the Rockies’ half of the ninth. Daniel Murphy struck out swinging, but McMahon was able to square up a fastball and launch it into the right field pavilion. The Rockies were just swept by the St. Louis Cardinals and the Braves have won eight straight, including back-to-back sweeps of the Marlins and Mets, so this was a great win for this team.
In a game that didn’t feature a ton of offense, Trevor Story provided some spark on the bases. He recorded three of the Rockies’ five hits and also stole a base in the sixth. That was the first time a Rockie had reached second base. He attempted to become the second player in Rockies history with consecutive 20/20 seasons in home runs and stolen bases, but was caught stealing in the eighth. The play was reviewed and he probably should’ve been called safe, but the call stood.
The first runs came in the bottom of the eighth and the top of the ninth, both on sacrifice flies. Dom Nuñez led off the eighth with a double, the Rockies’ only extra base hit prior to the walk off. Yonder Alonso hit a “sacrifice broken bat” (that should be the technical term) to knock Nuñez to third and Charlie Blackmon knocked him home with a sacrifice fly to right field. In the top of the ninth, Jairo Diaz came on to try and record his first MLB save. Unfortunately he was unsuccessful when he gave up a triple to Cervelli and then walked Ortega. Hechavarria hit a sacrifice fly to right to score pinch runner Billy Hamilton.
Tim Melville pitched incredibly well again, but only lasted five innings this time. He ran into a little more traffic today than he did in Arizona, but was still able to shut down the Braves’ offense. He walked three and struck out six. Five of those strikeouts came with runners in scoring position. The most impressive play probably came in the fifth when Melville loaded the bases but was able to get Freddie Freeman to ground out and end the inning. Melville Magic lives on!
The Rockies welcome the Boston Red Sox to Denver for a quick two game set. With all of the recent injuries to the rotation, the Rockies’ starter is still unknown. However, whoever he is will go up against righty Rick Porcello. First pitch is at 6:40pm MT.