In the second game of the Rockies vs Mets doubleheader, the Rockies entered the field having only 4 errors as a team, which was tied for the fourth best record in the majors. When they left the game they were sitting at seven. If the game ended with a loss, that would have been the main focus for fans and media alike.
And yet it was the errors committed by the Mets that led to the Rockies first WALK OFF of 2013.
The Mets also committed three errors, bringing their total to 11, which is tied for third worst in the majors. The play was so bad, by both teams, that of the combined 17 runs on 24 hits, only 12 runs were considered earned, thanks to the six combined errors on the night.
It was one specific error that gave the Rockies hope, and another that gave them the game.
With the Mets up 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth, Michael Cuddyer hit a routine grounder to Ruben Tejada. Rutledge and Gonzalez were both off with the hit since there were two outs, but it looked like it wouldn’t matter. That is until the ball completely airmailed itself past Justin Turner, giving Cuddyer the bag and allowing two unearned to cross home.
That brought the score to 8-8, which is how it would stay until the bottom of the 10th.
The turning point, and most important error of the night, was made by none other than David Wright. Wright had gone 70 games without an error. Seventy games was the longest streak in the majors by an active player, and Wright looked to continue his good fortune well past Tuesday. But, with CarGo at first and, ironically, Cuddyer swinging the bat, Wright couldn’t stop a ball in his area code and Cuddyer ended up on base without earning it for the second time in as many at bats. Cargo smartly went first to third on the error, and almost tried to steal home after the ball was bobbled. He smartly went back to third.
And then it was Pacheco time…
Jordan Pacheco stepped up to the plate, laced the second pitch thrown his way into right, and the party started just like that…
ROX WALK OFF BABY!