Rockies’ fans have made it a point this year on social media — and with many strongly worded emails to beat reporters’ inboxes — to suggest that perhaps the best course of action for Colorado’s struggling bullpen would be to pawn off its stragglers to another club.
That plan somewhat came to fruition in a form of sweet mile-high irony on Friday night, when the Rockies topped the Dodgers 5-4 on a two-run seventh-inning home run by Ryan McMahon off former Colorado reliever Zac Rosscup, claimed off outright waivers by Los Angeles on July 11.
Rosscup, who battled a blister problem for much of the season before finally finding footing with Triple-A Albuquerque shortly before being outrighted, came on for Kenny Maeda with one out in the sixth and the tying run on second base.
The southpaw proceeded to strike out both Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon on breaking balls in the dirt, but Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts pushed his luck when he trotted Rosscup — who had a 5.14 ERA in nine innings for Colorado last season — back out the next inning.
DJ LeMahieu led off the frame with a single to right, and then McMahon launched a 412-foot home run 101.5 mph off the bat to dead center a couple batters later to bring the LoDo crowd to its feet.
McMahon’s clutch long ball came on his second at-bat of the game after he subbed in for Nolan Arenado at third base in the fifth inning, as the all-star exited with right shoulder soreness from a double play he turned in the third.
Neither starter had their best stuff on the night, beginning in the first inning with Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single off Jon Gray and DJ LeMahieu’s two-run home run off Maeda. It was the second baseman’s ninth homer on the season, but first since his season-shifting swing in the ninth inning on June 28 in San Francisco.
And after Colorado padded its lead with a Trevor Story’s RBI double in the third to make it 3-1, Los Angeles struck right back via Max Muncy’s two-run home run that evened the game the next inning.
But Cody Bellinger’s RBI single in the fifth would give Los Angeles its final lead of the night, 4-3, before McMahon turned the tide with his home run as the Colorado bullpen — fresh off yielding five dingers in a blown series opener — closed out the game.
First Harrison Musgrave recorded the final out of the sixth to strand Muncy on third. Then, after McMahon’s home run, Jake McGee pitched a one-two-three seventh and got the first couple outs of the eighth before Scott Oberg induced a Yasiel Puig groundout to end the frame.
Adam Ottavino, unavailable to pitch on Thursday due to illness, earned his fifth save of the season in the ninth. The bullpen held its ground as Colorado squandered numerous opportunities to pull away, as the Rockies finished the game 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports