The Mets lost the first three games. Centerfielder, Juan Lagares was the star of the game for the Mets, going 3-5 with two runs scored. Lagares was originally supposed to have the day off but outfielder Eric Young Jr. was hit in the face by a ball during batting practice. Young Jr. was taken to the hospital where x-rays and concussion tests came back negative. The speedy outfielder was diagnosed with a contusion on his cheek. Mets ace Dillon Gee picked up the win, improving his record to 3-1 on the year, while Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin took his first loss falling to 0-1 on the season.
Lagares led off the game with a single to center, and second baseman Daniel Murphy singled to left moving Lagares over to second. Third baseman David Wright flied to right for the first out of the inning, but right fielder Curtis Granderson singled to right scoring Lagares and advancing Murphy to third, giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
Left fielder Chris Young flied out to shallow left. Murphy was doubled off trying to get back to third by third baseman Nolan Arenado on a relay from left fielder Carlos Gonzalez to retire the side.
Right fielder Charlie Blackmon flied out to left to start the bottom of the first. Last night’s hero shortstop Charlie Culberson then doubled to deep right. Gonzalez grounded out to second, but advanced Culberson over to third on the play. Arenado flied out to left to end the inning. Neither team scored in the second inning.
Juan Lagares struck out swinging to start the top of the third, but Daniel Murphy followed with a walk. David Wright then crushed a double to center scoring Murphy making it 2-0 New York.
Curtis Granderson then walked and Chris Young doubled off the left field wall scoring Murphy and moving Granderson to third, extending the Mets lead to 3-0. First baseman Lucas Duda was intentionally walked but catcher Travis d’Arnaud grounded in to a double play to retire the side. The Rockies went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.
After shortstop Omar Quintanilla lined out to first and Dillon Gee lined out to center to start the top of the fourth, Juan Lagares doubled to center. Daniel Murphy then doubled in the gap in left center easily scoring Lagares increasing the lead to 4-0 New York. David Wright then fouled out to first to retire the side. The Rockies failed to score in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the fifth Curtis Granderson grounded out to second to lead off. Chris Young then singled to left and immediately stole second base. Lucas Duda walked, but Travis d’Arnaud and Omar Quintanilla both struck out swinging to retire the side.
Centerfielder Corey Dickerson grounded out to first to start the bottom of the fifth and second baseman DJ LaMahieu followed with a walk. Brandon Barnes then pinch-hit for Jhoulys Chacin and singled to right. Charlie Blackmon then grounded in to a fielder’s choice and Barnes was forced out at second. With runners at the corners and two outs, Charlie Culberson grounded out to second ending the inning. The Mets failed to score in the top of the sixth and the Rockies went in order in the bottom half of the inning.
After pitching the sixth inning for the Rockies, Tommy Kahnle stayed on for his second inning of work in the top of the seventh. Curtis Granderson grounded out to leadoff, but Chris Young followed with a walk. Lucas Duda then lined a double to deep center that scored Young, making it 5-0 New York. Travis d’Arnaud flied out to right but Duda moved over to third. Omar Quintanilla then grounded out to second to retire the side.
Catcher, Michael McKenry and Corey Dickerson both singled off Dillon Gee to start the bottom of the seventh. That would end Gee’s day, going 6-plus shutout innings up to that point, allowing six hits, but striking out five and walking only one batter. In came Carlos Torres in relief. DJ LaMahieu grounded out to shortstop but McKenry and Dickerson moved into scoring position. Outfielder Drew Stubbs was called to pinch-hit for Kahnle and Torres struck him out swinging. Lefty specialist Scott Rice then entered the game and induced a fly ball to center by Charlie Blackmon to end the inning.
The Mets went in order in the top of the eighth and the Rockies did not score in the bottom half of the inning. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. First baseman Justin Morneau lined a home run off Jeruys Familia who pitched a scoreless eighth for the Mets, putting the Rockies on the board at 5-1. Michael McKenrey then grounded back to Familia, Corey Dickerson lined out to center, and DJ LaMahieu struck out swinging to end the game.
The Mets travel to take on the Miami Marlins Monday night when Mets lefty veteran starter Jonathon Niese takes on Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
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