On Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies brought their bats out in full force against the St. Louis Cardinals as they defeated St. Louis by a score of 16-5. It was the most runs the club has scored in a game since 2019 and the most hits they’ve had in a game since 2012.
Every player in the Rockies’ starting lineup recorded a hit and eight of the starting nine also recorded an RBI. Rockies’ third baseman Ryan McMahon also made some history during the game. He went 1-for-4 in the game with a two-run home run and a walk but that home run was the longest home run recorded by a Rockies player in the Statcast era (since 2015).
Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon on his 495-foot home run at Coors Field
Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon came in the bottom of the seventh inning off of St. Louis Cardinals left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland. It ended up being the last of the scoring for the Rockies and the last of the scoring overall but the 495-foot blast will definitely be one to remember for years to come.
In the moment, though, McMahon wasn’t thinking about how long he hit it or how long of a homer it is in comparison to others (it’s the sixth-longest in the Statcast era).
“It felt really good,” McMahon said. ‘That’s about all I was thinking. I mean after you hit it, you don’t really have much control over it but it was pretty cool to hit like that.
“I (knew) I really got a hold of it. It was really cool. The boys in the dugout were hyped for me — a couple of them yelled down and told me [the distance], so it was a fun experience for me,” McMahon said.
Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers was on second base when McMahon hit the homer and he knew it was gone right away.
“I had a pretty good view of that from second base,” Rodgers said. “I told him I kind of pimped it from second base for him just in case he didn’t know it was gone. But yeah, it’s impressive. I haven’t I haven’t seen a ball hit up there … That just goes to show how much power he has.”
McMahon now has 11 home runs on the season but three have come in the last five days. He also has 52 RBI. Nine of those have come in his last six games.
As McMahon said, the Rockies are hoping to “parlay” their historic success against All-Star Miles Mikolas and the Cardinals bullpen on Tuesday into Wednesday, when the Rockies will face José Quintana, who has been very good in his own right on the season. He, like Mikolas, has struggled at Coors Field in his career, as he has a 5.93 ERA at Coors in five career starts.