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.
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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.
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.