The Colorado Rockies jettisoned franchise player Nolan Arenado this past offseason, but getting offense from third base was not an issue Tuesday night thanks to Ryan McMahon. McMahon started at the hot corner and swatted three solo home runs in his first three at-bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field (ARI 10, COL 8 in 13 innings).
McMahon had three opportunities at a fourth home run. He lined out to second base against Chris Devenski in the ninth inning, grounded out to short against Matt Peacock in the 11th, then doubled against Peacock in the 13th. Peacock made his MLB debut Tuesday night and McMahon was the first batter he faced.
As you’d expect, McMahon’s three-homer night is the first three-homer game in baseball this season. The season is only six days old, after all. There were 10 three-homer games during the 60-game season a year ago, including two on the same day (Jose Abreu and Trent Grisham on Aug. 22).
The Rockies have now had 18 three-homer games in franchise history, including 11 at Coors Field. Trevor Story had the club’s last three-homer game back in September 2018. The Rockies have never had a player hit four home runs in a single game.