Colorado Rockies: 3 things to know before the Boston Red Sox invade
A one-game series provided plenty of positive moments for the Colorado Rockies on Monday afternoon at Coors Field.
With a postponed game from April jammed into a mutual off day for the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, Ryan McMahon‘s walk-off heroics and a solid pitching performance from Tim Melville and the Colorado bullpen turned into a 3-1 Rockies win.
In the midst of a 20-game stretch without an off day until September 5, Colorado was coming off a 1-6 road trip and needed something positive on a sun-splashed day at Coors Field. McMahon provided just that and leads off our three things to know before the Boston Red Sox come to Denver to open a two-game series on Tuesday night.
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McMahon stays hot at Coors Field
RyMac’s two-run walk-off shot off Atlanta reliever Jerry Blevins was McMahon’s seventh home run in his last 10 home games (since August 1). It was also his second career walk-off homer and RBI, with both of the other moments happening in a memorable game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 11, 2018.
Charlie Blackmon is cold at the plate
It’s not often that we’ve been able to say this this season, but Chuck Nazty is going through an offensive funk.
Blackmon is now in an 0-for-13 stretch and has gone hitless over a career-high tying four games. The last time he went without a hit for four games was August 10-13, 2015.
Nolan Arenado hopes Tim Melville sets an example
Sitting at his locker following Monday’s win, Colorado’s All-Star third baseman had praise for his starting pitcher (Melville), who ended his day on his 100th pitch by getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning to keep the game scoreless.
"“You want to get out of those situations. We’ve been losing a lot and it seems like those situations don’t really go in our favor a lot lately because we’ve been losing a lot,” Arenado told Rox Pile and other reporters. “It was awesome to see. He didn’t give in. I think we could learn a lot from him. I hope some of our pitchers were watching how he didn’t give in to people and he made the right pitches at the right time. He did a really great job.”"
With Melville suddenly as the oldest member of a Rockies rotation that currently has its five members from Opening Week on the injured list, Arenado’s comments are interesting and likely meant to send a message. Can Melville not only be a YouTube sensation (winning both of his starts that have been broadcast on the medium) but also an example to follow for Colorado’s young pitchers?
By the way, with German Marquez now on the disabled list, the Rockies will need to adjust their rotation heading into Tuesday night’s Red Sox opener. According to this tweet, the Rockies will be calling up Rico Garcia for his first-ever Major League start.
We will keep you updated with the latest news from Coors Field on Tuesday.