McMahon’s clutch blast pushes Rockies to walk-off victory

Aug 26, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon (24) hits a walk-off two run home run against the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the ninth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon at Coors Field 3-1 via a walk-off home run from Ryan McMahon.

Monday’s game was a makeup game following an April 10 postponement.

Ahead are takeaways from the victory.

Yet another McMoment for Colorado

After the Braves tied the game in the top of the ninth inning, things were looking bleak at 20th and Blake, especially after the Rockies lugged themselves back from a pitiful 1-6 road trip.

However, infielder Ryan McMahon did his part to lift the spirits of Rockies’ fans everywhere by smashing a game-winning two-run home run, propelling the Rockies to a 3-1 win.

The longball was good for McMahon’s second career walk-off home run. McMahons’ first came on August 11 of last season versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McMahon has a knack for hitting home runs in clutch situations. Of the 23 longballs McMahon has hit in his career, more than half have either tied the game or given the Rockies a lead.

New faces hold down the fort 

The Colorado Rockies’ current roster is completely different now then it was on opening day. Due to a heap of injuries, the Rockies have been forced to deplete a major portion of their farm system this season, notably within the pitching department.

After German Marquez hit the 10-day injured list with right arm inflammation, the Rockies’ rotation officially became a shell of what it was to start the season with all original five starters currently inactive.

Tim Melville was on the mound for Colorado Monday afternoon at Coors Field, his first home start as a member of the Rockies.

He was sharp in his first start of the season last week against Arizona, pitching Colorado to their only win on a seven-game road trip. The 29-year-old tossed seven innings of one-run ball en route to his first big league win of the year.

Melville spent time with Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins before landing within the Rockies’ minor league affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Triple-A proved to be a bit of a challenge for Melville who pitched to a 5.42 earned run average in just under 100 innings pitched for the Isotopes.

Melville came out firing against the NL-east leading Braves, hurling five scoreless innings of ball. Melville’s final line was rather impressive, considering he allowed five hits and issued three walks.

In addition, Wes Parsons, who the Rockies claimed off waivers from the Braves earlier in August, hurled two scoreless innings while striking out three batters.

Desmond preserves a scoreless game

While Ian Desmond’s time in a Rockies’ uniform has yielded mixed reviews, he was a key contributor in Monday’s ballgame versus the Braves.

With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Atlanta had a runner on second with only one out after Freddie Freeman worked a walk to start the frame.

Matt Joyce then poked a single into left field. Freeman booked it around third base and was speeding home in an attempt to break the scoreless tie; however, a laser throw from Desmond to catcher Dom Nunez beat Freeman to the plate. Nunez applied the tag just in time to secure the out and preserve the score.

Atlanta wound up challenging the play only to see it upheld by the officiating crew on the east coast.

Diaz fails to close game

The Rockies have been going with a closer-by-committee type ordeal since blood clots sidelined Scott Oberg for the season.

Colorado was able to scrape together a run in the eighth inning to establish a 1-0 lead, and rather than calling upon former closer Wade Davis, skipper Bud Black decided to roll with Jairo Diaz for the ninth inning.

Diaz made his return to the big leagues this season after a slew of injuries, and personal tragedies paused his career for a couple of seasons. However, Daiz has bounced back nicely in 2019, pitching to 4.65 earned run average prior to Monday’s game.

That said, Diaz has never recorded a save in his professional career, questioning the rationale of the decision to insert him at that stage of the game.

Francisco Cervelli hit a one-out triple and later scored after Adeiny Hechavarría hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Luckily, Diaz was bailed out by the Rockies’ offense in the end.