If it looked familiar when Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon launched a home run in the second inning against Arizona’s Luke Weaver on Tuesday night, well, there’s a good reason.
Here’s why Ryan McMahon’s first home run on Tuesday night was historic and familiar for the Colorado Rockies.
McMahon’s solo blast at Coors Field came on a 3-0 pitch from Weaver, the Arizona starter, to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead. McMahon’s home run on a 3-0 pitch marked just the 22nd time in franchise history that a Rockies player had smacked a round-tripper on that count.
The last time it happened when a Rockies player had hit a homer on a 3-0 count? Well, it was McMahon against Weaver, this time at Chase Field, on August 12, 2020.
McMahon became the fourth player in Rockies history to have multiple home runs on 3-0 pitches, but still trails Wilin Rosario and Troy Tulowitzki, each of whom had three blasts on a 3-0 count.
And as if hitting that long ball on a 3-0 count wasn’t enough on Tuesday, McMahon followed that with another home run in the fourth inning, taking a 1-1 pitch from Weaver just off top of the center field wall for his second homer of the night and third homer of the season.
There was a bit of confusion as the ball caromed off the top of the wall, with McMahon and several Diamondbacks wondering if it was really a home run or not. Umpires, however, signaled home run as McMahon trotted home.
The confusion around McMahon’s home run brought back memories of Colorado’s season-opening series against the Dodgers when Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia nearly caught a home run hit by Cody Bellinger, but a baserunning mistake by Justin Turner caused Bellinger’s home run to become a single officially.
Watch the mayhem from the Opening Day home run mistake below.
Cody Bellinger hit a home run with Justin Turner on base, but Turner thought it was caught for an out and ran back to first base.
Bellinger passed Turner on the bases and was ruled out.
The home run counted for one run instead of two. pic.twitter.com/ErecD0td3d
— ESPN (@espn) April 1, 2021
Kudos to McMahon for a very familiar, history-making swing on Tuesday night … and for providing an early power attack for the Rockies against their division rivals.
UPDATE: How about a three-homer night? Touch ’em all, Mr. McMahon.
3 home runs.
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 7, 2021