Potential walk-off home run taken away by fan interference

DENVER – Before the Rockies ended their six-game losing streak with a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Mariners in Sunday afternoon’s first doubleheader, they suffered another punch to their collective gut nauseous.

Jacob Stallings thought he hit at least a double, or even a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth. After a replay, it was called due to fan interference.

“It was deflating,” said Ryan McMahon, who brought the wind back into the Rockies’ sails with an RBI single to the left side of the infield near M’s closer Andrés Muñoz after singles by Charlie Blackmon and Ezequiel Tovar – the latter of whom made the equalizing point.

“You always hope that things like this will move you forward,” added McMahon, who had his sixth career hit, his fifth career hit and his first plate appearance that wasn’t a walk-off hit. circuit. McMahon won the April 5 home opener with a grand slam against the Rays.

However, the success stopped as soon as it started. Peter Lambert allowed six runs in the second inning and the offense managed only six hits as the Rockies lost the nightcap, 10-2. Their 5-17 mark is the worst to this point in franchise history, and their 22 games without a consecutive win is the longest streak in season starts in the club’s 32 seasons.

At least there was some joy in Denver at the end of the first game.

The Tovar RBI – which McMahon graciously called “the reason we won that game” – broke the Rockies club record for a 23-game scoreless streak at home. They last scored at Coors in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks on April 10.

Given the club’s start to the season, which includes a vicious stomach virus that has claimed members of the team for over a week (and attempted to spoil Sunday’s game), no one would be blamed for wondering if Stallings’ play would lead to another. stomach ache for the Rockies.

Stallings’ fly ball to deep left field to Ryne Stanek brought the crowd to its feet. One member of that crowd stretched with all his might to catch what could have been a home run. In doing so, however, his glove knocked the ball away from Mariners left fielder Dylan Moore.

“I was hoping for the best – I thought it could have been a home run from the start,” Stallings said. “I wasn’t really sure what was going on. I saw the ball come back up the field, so I just thought it hit the fence or something.

Stallings beat Moore’s throw to second base. But the Rockies contested, taking the risk that it would be a home run that would end the game.

“It looked like it went over the wall,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “But generally speaking, in the judgment of the New York officiating crew, they thought Moore might have had a chance to catch it without the fan.”

Hadn’t the Rockies already suffered enough?

Since the opening game of the team’s last road trip on April 12 – the Rockies’ last victory before Sunday – Blackmon, Brendan Rodgers, Jake Cave and third base coach Warren Schaeffer have all missed at least one game cause of stomach virus. McMahon said he had it in Toronto, but was able to play. Rodgers missed four games before returning Sunday afternoon.

And the bug hit right-hander Cal Quantrill, the Rockies’ starter on Sunday.

“I told him before the game I bet six zeros would make him feel better,” Stallings said.

Well, Quantrill hosted half a dozen donuts, despite taking five walks. He completed his outing by working a two-out situation with no outs in the sixth.

He was also involved in a lot of action between innings.

“Full disclosure, he had a little stomach virus going around, he was throwing up between innings, he was fighting and he really played — he made some pitches when he needed to,” said Black, who watched Relievers Jake Bird (two innings), Nick Mears and Justin Lawrence (one each) combined to strike out six and not allow an earned run. Lawrence thwarted the Mariners after JP Crawford singled off the automatic runner to open the 10th.

The Rockies went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position through the first six innings. They had loaded the bases and one out in the sixth, when Mariners reliever Trent Thornton struck out Micahel Toglia and forced a Stallings fielder’s choice on the ground.

But the Rockies accepted the call against Stallings and earned a victory in the first game — a brief relief they had been seeking for more than a week.

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