The New York Mets were crushed by the Colorado Rockies Friday night at Coors Field by a score of 10-3. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzski led the charge for Colorado, going 3-4 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Starter Zack Wheeler took the loss for the Mets lasting just four innings while allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, dropping Wheeler to 1-3. Rockies lefty ace Jorge De La Rosa picked up the win, pitching six innings, allowing three runs, while improving his record to 3-3.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares led off the game by lining a double off the third base bag, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then blooped a singled to left advancing Lagares to third. A wild pitch brought in Lagares and advanced Murphy to second giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. It was their only lead of the game. With third baseman David Wright at the plate, Murphy made a dash for third. Murphy was thrown out, ending his consecutive successful stolen base attempts at 28. Wright then singled to left, but was left stranded. Left fielder Chris Young lined out to left and right fielder Curtis Granderson grounded out to first to retire the side.
Centerfielder Charlie Blackmon singled to right to start the bottom half of first. Nolan Arenado followed with a walk. Troy Tulowitzski then singled to right center scoring Blackmon, advancing Arenado to second and tying the game at 1-1. First baseman Justin Morneau doubled in the gap in left center scoring Arenado making it 2-1 Rockies. Catcher Willin Rosario hit a swinging bunt for an infield single that scored Tulowitzski and advanced Morneau over to third, extending the Rockies lead to 3-1. Corey Dickerson then hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Morneau and increasing Colorado’s lead to 4-1. On the same play Willin Rosario was thrown out trying to advance to second. Right fielder Brandon Barnes lined out to right to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score in the top of the second inning. DJ LaMahieu grounded out to second to start the bottom of the second. Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa then hit a dribbler right at Zack Wheeler, which Wheeler could not field and De La Rosa was safe at first. Charlie Blackmon singled to right, moving De La Rosa over to second. Nolan Arenado then grounded out but Blackmon and De La Rosa advanced to second and third with two outs. Troy Tulowitzski singled to left center scoring both De La Rosa and Blackmon widening the Rockies lead to 6-1. Tulowitzski was tagged out between first and second, trying to take the extra base on the play, ending the inning.
After Juan Lagares flied to right and Daniel Murphy grounded out to second for the first two outs of the third inning. David Wright then reached on an infield single to short. Chris Young hit a single to right, advancing Wright over to third. With runners on the corners and two outs, Curtis Granderson struck out swinging to retire the side. The Rockies were held in check in the bottom half of the inning, going 1-2-3.
he Mets were retired in order in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Brandon Barnes reached on a throwing error by shortstop Ruben Tejada that pulled first baseman Josh Satin off the bag. DJ LaMahieu followed with a walk. Jorge De La Rosa laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced both Barnes and LaMahieu into scoring position. Chase Blackmon grounded out to first but Barnes scored and LaMahieu moved to third on the play, stretching the lead to 7-1 Colorado. Nolan Arenado struck out swinging to end the inning, but Wheeler’s night was over. The young righty lasted just four innings on 69 pitches, allowing seven runs, six earned on seven hits, walking two batters, and striking out just one batter. It was the worst start of Wheeler’s career.
The Mets were held scoreless in the top of the fifth and the Rockies went in order in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Young started the top of the sixth with a walk. Curtis Granderson then hooked a shot to right field for a home run, his second of the year, and his first extra base hit since April 11th. Josh Satin walked and Travis d’Arnaud blooped a broken bat single moving Satin to second. Ruben Tejada then grounded into a double play. d’Arnaud was forced out at second and Tejada was thrown out at first, Satin advanced to third on the play. Bobby Abreu was called to pinch hit for Jeruys Familia who pitched the fifth inning. Abreu struck out looking to retire the side.
Carlos Torres relieved Familia in the bottom of the sixth. The veteran right-hander struck out Corey Dickerson for the first out. Brandon Barnes then doubled to left. DJ La Mahieu then grounded to short for the second out. Outfielder Drew Stubbs then pinch-hit for Jorge De La Rosa. Barnes advanced to third on a wild pitch by Torres, but Stubbs flied out to center to end the inning.
Reliever Chris Martin entered the game for the Rockies and retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Charlie Blackmon blasted a home run to right off Torres to start the bottom half of the inning. Colorado’s lead was 8-3. Nick Arenado and Troy Tulowitzski each singled to center. Justin Morneau then singled in the gap in right center scoring Arenado broadening the lead to 9-3 Colorado and moving Tulowitzski over to third on the play. Willin Rosario followed with a sacrifice fly to score Tulowitzski, making it 10-3 Colorado. Corey Dickerson lined a shot that Daniel Murphy made a diving catch for the second out. Brandon Barnes struck out looking to halt the Rockies rally and end the inning.
Veteran righty reliever Matt Belisle came in to replace Chris Martin in the top of the eighth. Chris Young started by grounding out to third but Curtis Granderson singled to center, his first multi-hit game since April 3rd. Josh Satin walked, moving Granderson over to second. Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to second, but Granderson and Satin advanced to scoring position. Ruben Tejada then lined out to right to retire the side.
The Rockies did not score in the bottom of the eighth and the Mets were retired 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game. The two teams face off again tomorrow evening when Jenrry Mejia toes the rubber for the Mets against lefty Franklin Morales for the Rockies.
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