Who says change is hard?
Not Ryan McMahon.
The Rockies' second-round pick from this year's Draft recently made an adjustment to his swing, and he enjoyed the results on Tuesday.
McMahon swatted two home runs and doubled to pile up six RBIs and score three runs in Rookie-level Grand Junction's 13-11 loss at Ogden.
The 18-year-old native of Southern California is hitting .337 with a .429 on-base percentage and 22 RBIs through his first 28 games as a pro, but he hadn't knocked in a run in any of his previous six tilts and he wasn't pleased with his production against offspeed pitches.
"I was kind of diving at balls on changeups and curveballs," he said. But Tuesday's game was a different story. "Now I'm starting to stay back and wait. I was able to execute those changes tonight. I did it in BP today, and it carried over into the game."
With Grand Junction down in the top of the third, 5-0, the Rockies pulled within one by homering three times in the inning, including a long ball that extended Raimel Tapia's hitting streak to 27 games. In the process, Tapia tied David Dahl's run last year for the franchise's longest streak.
"That was kind of cool. It was my roommate, Jordan Patterson, who hit the second one," McMahon said. "I was really pumped for him, and he was stoked for me."
Two batters after Patterson, McMahon hit a two-run dinger to cap the rally. Best of all for the teenage third baseman, that homer came on a changeup, one of the pitches with which he'd been struggling.
"That was good," he said. "It finally clicked for me."
He went yard again to start the seventh, this time on a fastball. Both home runs were to center field.
"My approach is always just to hit the ball back up the middle," McMahon said. "I did that twice, and they happened to go over the fence."
The next inning, with Grand Junction trailing by seven, McMahon smacked a bases-loaded double to cut the lead to four. Correlle Prime followed with a homer.
"After [the double], I knew we had a chance to come back and win it," McMahon said. "When Prime hit his home run, I thought we were going to come back for sure. But Ogden came out with some good pitchers after that, and that's the game of baseball."
McMahon previously had two home runs as a pro, both of which came in another two-homer game on July 3. He doesn't believe he's a when-it-rains-it-pours kind of power hitter, though.
"I think it's just a coincidence truthfully," he said.
No. 12 Dodgers prospect Alex Santana tripled, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Raptors. Jesmuel Valentin, who's ranked four spots behind Santana, clubbed a two-run homer. Jordan Hershiser (2-1), son of former Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser, allowed a run over two innings for the win.