On Sunday afternoon the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim routed the New York Mets 14-2 as Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon floundewred all night.
The right-handed veteran allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning to center fielder Mike Trout, Albert Pujols starting at DH, and Raul Ibañez starting at first base. Colon took one for the team, going five innings allowing nine runs on 11 hits. The Mets had worn out their bullpen after back-to-back extra innings games. After Colon’s exit, the bullpen allowed five more runs including a home run by third baseman Ian Stewart. The Mets offense failed to get anything going.
Eric Young Jr., the Mets left fielder, walked off Angels lefty starter C.J. Wilson to start the game. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then grounded out to Wilson, but advanced Young over to second on the play. Mets captain and star third baseman David Wright then singled to center, scoring Young and giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. First baseman Josh Satin struck out for the second out and Wright was thrown out as well completing the “strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out” double play.
After getting Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck to groundout to short to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed a moonshot home run to center fielder Mike Trout, tying the game at one. Albert Pujols, getting the start at designated hitter, followed with his own bomb, this one to left, putting the Angels up 2-1. Raul Ibañez, starting at first in place of Pujols, then smoked a ball over the right field wall giving the Angels a 3-1 lead. Right fielder Kole Calhoun came close to making it four consecutive home runs but instead doubled off the center field wall. Colon got second baseman Howie Kendrick to ground out to second for out number two. Shortstop Ian Stewart then doubled off the right field wall furthering the Angels lead to 4-1. Colon then struck out catcher Hank Conger to finally get out of the inning.
Both the Angels and Mets failed to score in the next two and a half innings, scattering hits but unable to string them together. In the bottom of the fourth the Angels struck big again, two runs scored on a triple by Angels shortstop Eric Aybar with Stewart and Conger on base making it 6-1, then Aybar scored on a single by J.B. Shuck furthering the lead to 7-1.
The Mets got one more run in the top of the fifth inning. The Angels scored seven more runs on the afternoon, including four by the long ball, hit by Ian Stewart and Hank Conger winning by a final score of 14-2.
After the laugher the Mets look to rebound against the Arizona Diamondbacks. New York will send Zack Wheeler to the mound against Josh Collmenter.
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