It was the type of game played today that the baseball purists love to watch. New York had a record of 19-3 when they score first entering the weekend series. They scored first on Friday night and still lost. They scored first again today on a Orlando Cespedes solo blast in the second. The Rockies again overcame that to sweep the Mets by a score of 4-3.
CarGo snapped out of his slump with a scorching double over the head of a left fielder who was surprised by the exit velocity of CarGo’s hit. Colorado had the equalizer when DJLM had a two-out RBI single to right field. A tweet said, “death, taxes, and DJLM opposite field hits.” So true.
Chatty had a totally unlucky third inning when he gave up four hits and two runs as the Mets took a 3-1 lead. All four hits were either rollovers that had seeing eyes or weak hits away from shifts the Rockies put on. Nevertheless, Chatty marched on giving the Rockies seven innings while keeping the Mets stuck on three runs.
Meanwhile Jacob deGrom was mowing down Colorado effortlessly until the sixth and seventh innings. CarGo hit an all-important home run with two outs in the sixth to make it a one-run game in a pitching duel. DJLM led off the bottom of seventh to draw a walk after a 12-pitch battle against deGrom. That made Mets’ manager Terry Collins a bit edgy and deGrom threw a WP with Dustin Garneau at the plate before striking him out. Collins called for Jim Henderson and Walt Weiss countered with Ryan Raburn as a pinch hitter against Henderson. Boom! One swing and the score was 4-3 in favor of the Rockies just like that.
Carlos Estevez was not available and Chad Qualls was feeling under the weather. So WW asked Boone Logan to be the setup guy. Logan struck out switch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera to start the eighth. Collins countered by sending in pinch hitter Juan Lagares to hit from the right side. It turned out to be the right move as Lagares doubled to get himself in scoring position. The home team decided to intentionally walk the dangerous Cespedes with first base open and left handed bat Lucas Dudas on deck. The double play happened but in an unconventional way; Dudas hit a weak one hopper to NoDo and Lagares crossed in front of NoDo and avoided the tag. So NoDo took the sure out by getting the second out at first base. The second base umpire ruled that Lagares went too far off the base paths and that completed the double play.
Jake McGee made his third straight appearance in the series to get his third save of the series. He got the first two outs on two pitches and as he usually does every appearance, gave up a hit before ending the game against pinch hitter David Wright.
It was Colorado’s fourth straight win which is a season high. It is also four straight wins at home but still a long ways from making up for a seven-game home losing streak from earlier in the season. They improved to 19-18 which guarantees them at least a .500 record until May 18th at the earliest. Colorado is starting to show their M.O.; they seem to play well against upper tier teams (except Pittsburgh) but cannot win against sub .500 teams (Reds and Padres come to mind). Despite the win streak, they are still chasing the Dodgers and Giants both of whom have winning streaks going of their own. They remain 1.5 games out of first place.