The Mets bullpen have been the best player for the Rockies for the third game in a row, playing as bad as the Rox are playing good. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the 1 in NY’s errors column tonight, but the play on the field was anything but pristine, and nobody is complain’.
Well, nobody other than Mets fans that is.
Tonight’s game followed the same pattern put down over each of the previous two games: outlast the starter and then let the real game begin. Just like last night, when Chris Young came in and really put the screws to Rockies hitters by striking out the first four he faced on his way to six strikeouts of the first 12, Matt Harvey came in tonight and dominated the Rox for six innings. He only gave up one run, a sacrifice by Wilin (tonight’s RWO MVP) Rosario, and left the game tied at 1-1, with nine strikeouts to his name.
That was when the fun began.
Wilin Rosario welcomed former Rockies pitcher Ramón Ramírez to the game by taking his second pitch deep into the left field seats, making it 2-1 for the Rockies.
Next up was Tyler Colvin, and he saw six pitches before doubling to left. Chris Nelson moved him over, and faster than you can say “suicide” DJ LeMahieu laid down a perfect bunt to bring Colvin home.
The comedy of errors that Coach Collins warned his team about, and requested it come to an end in a pre-game meeting, continued. On the squeeze play Ramirez missed the ball and ran into the catcher Shoppach, which gave LeMahieu all the time in the world to make it to first. Then in the ninth, after Colvin singled and with Chris Nelson batting, Colvin stole second. The throw by Shoppach was horrible, giving Colvin third standing up. Nelson proceeded to single him home and then with a Josh Rutledge pinch-hit double to bring in Nelson, the score settled on a nice 5-2 number and that was pretty much all she wrote.
Well, that is unless you count the nail-biting ninth where Rafael Betancourt needed 25 pitches, 18 of them to Turner and Cedeno, to retire the Mets. He pretty much kept throwing heaters and they pretty much kept fouling them off, pitch after pitch. It was nice to see Rafi win the battle, what with the tying run at the plate, and as luck would have it the Rockies got all of the breaks.
Speaking of luck, some bad luck once again hit the Rockies in the form of injury. In the top of the fourth Dexter Fowler singled and then moved to second on a bad throw. As he was stepping on the bag he twisted his ankle severely and had to be helped off the field.
It was just one of those weird things that happened…It doesn’t feel good now, but I don’t think it will be a DL situation.
- Jeff Francis was solid, scattering five hits over five frames with only one earned given up. He did walk two, but made up for it by striking out four.
- Tyler Colvin was 2-4 with a double and two runs.
- Rosario’s home run tonight gives him 20. That is the most HR’s of any rookie in the National League, and second only to Mike Trout in the Majors.
- The ankle Fowler hurt was the same one he messed up in Miami on the dugout steps.
- The Rockies have won eight of their last 10 games. They have also won seven consecutive games at Citi Field going back to April 11, 2011.