After a rainout Wednesday in Philadelphia, the New York Mets lost 7-4 Thursday night to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was the star of the game, throwing seven shutout innings allowing just three hits, while helping his own cause with three RBI’s. Mets veteran starter Bartolo Colon allowed all seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, the first time all season a Mets starter did not last five innings. Before the game the Mets recalled centerfielder Juan Lagares from the 15 day disabled list and optioned outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis back to AAA Las Vegas.
Lagares led off the game with a shot off left field wall for a double. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then lined out to third for the first out. Third baseman David Wright smoked a ball, but Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made a diving catch and doubled off Lagares at second to retire the side.
Rockies right fielder, Charlie Blackmon lined out to left to start the bottom half of the first. Third baseman Nolan Arenado struck out swinging for the second out. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez then crushed a pitch that hit off the back wall over the fence in right-center and into the bullpen for a home run, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Troy Tulowtizki lined out to left to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score in the top half of the second. In the bottom of the second, first baseman Justin Morneau and catcher Willin Rosario each grounded out to short for the first two outs. Centerfielder Corey Dickerson then singled to left and second baseman Charlie Culberson singled up the middle, advancing Dickerson to third on the play. Pitcher Juan Nicasio sliced a ball down into the right field corner for a single, scoring both Dickerson and Culberson making it 3-0 Colorado. Charlie Blackmon then flied out to center, ending the Rockies rally.
New York was retired in order in the top of the third, and the Rockies failed to score in the bottom half of the inning. The Mets again went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Willin Rosario started the bottom of the fourth with a walk. Corey Dickerson laid down a sacrifice bunt that first baseman Lucas Duda threw into the outfield allowing Rosario to advance to third and Dickerson to second on the throwing error. Colon then hit Charlie Culberson with an errant pitch, loading the bases.
Juan Nicasio plunked a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rosario and extending Colorado’s lead to 4-0. Charlie Blackmon followed with a scoring Dickerson stretching the Rockies lead to 5-0 and moving Culberson over to third. Nolan Arenado hit a sac-fly to right, allowing Culberson to come home making it 6-0 Rockies. Brandon Barnes was called to pinch-hit for Carlos Gonzalez who was removed due to a bruised left index finger. Barnes grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada to end the inning.
The Mets went in order for their third consecutive turn at-bat in the top of the fifth. Troy Tulowitzski struck out to start the bottom of the fifth. Justin Morneau singled to right, and Willin Rosario struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Corey Dickerson, now playing left field, tripled to right, scoring Morneau pushing the Rockies lead to 7-0.
Bartlo Colon’s night was done, the 40-year-old pitcher allowed seven runs on 10 hits, walking three batters. In came hard throwing righty reliever Jeruys Familia, who struck out Charlie Culberson to end the fifth.
Ruben Tejada grounded out to shortstop for the first out of the top of the sixth. Outfielder Eric Young Jr. walked; giving the Mets their first base runner since left fielder Chris Young hit a one out single in the top of the second. Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy both followed by lining out to right to retire the side. Gonzalez Germen relieved Familia in the bottom of the sixth and quickly retired the Rockies in order to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score in the top of the seventh, right fielder Brandon Barnes struck out leading off the bottom half of the inning. Troy Tulowitzski then doubled to left and advanced to third on a groundout by Justin Morneau. Willin Rosario grounded to third for the final out of the inning.
Reliever Chad Bettis entered the game in the top of the eighth for Juan Nicascio. Travis d’Arnaud flied to left to start the top of the eighth with a fly out to right. Ruben Tejada followed by flying out to right. Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu was called to pinch-hit for Gonazlez Germen, and was walked. Juan Lagares followed with a double in the gap in right-center scoring Abreu making it 7-1 Rockies. Daniel Murphy then grounded out to retire the side. Jose Valverde pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the Mets in the bottom of the eighth.
David Wright lined out to left for the first out, and Lucas Duda grounded back to the pitcher for the second. Chris Young and right fielder Curtis Granderson both followed with a single to right. Travis d’Arnaud then crushed a pitch to center for a home run cutting the lead to 7-4 Colorado. Ruben Tejada then hit a shot but right at Brandon Barnes to end the game. It was too little, too late for the Mets offense.
Bartolo Colon took the loss to drop his record to 2-4 on the season, while Juan Nicasio improved to 3-1. Zack Wheeler takes the bump tomorrow for the Mets against Colorado’s lefty ace Jorge De La Rosa.
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