Much has rightfully been made of the Atlanta Braves prodigious rookies in Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies whose storming onto the scene has led directly to their surprising leap into contention.

But the Colorado Rockies have a pair of young players who have had far more tumultuous rides to and at the MLB level who have been coming into their own at the best possible time. Ryan McMahon once again played his part with a clutch hit, but it was David Dahl who was the key player in the Rockies 5-3 win over the Braves in the first of four in Atlanta.

Dahl has been the embodiment of the term “rollercoaster ride” for his entire professional career. And 2018 has been no different.

Getting out to a slow start in spring training only to go nuclear and fall in disappointment when he didn’t make the squad, he got his opportunities early and was beginning to cement himself into a starting role when he lined a ball off his own foot, breaking it and costing him the middle of the season.

But one thing has always been certain with this 24-year-old… when he’s on the field, he can play.

Dahl had one of the best games of his career, serving as the difference with a huge early home run and the go-ahead two-run single in the ninth.

That backed up another good-to-maybe-great outing from Jon Gray who went seven innings and allowed just one admittedly irritating rally. He did his part in keeping his club in the game against Julio Teheran who has always been tough against Colorado.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.