In a game that featured the coldest first pitch temperature in the majors since 1991 (28 degrees), the Mets opened the scoring in the first. After Daniel Murphy singled, he moved to second after a ball in the dirt, and advanced to third when the throw from Wilin Rosario sailed into the outfield. He was promptly driven in by David Wright, who lined a single to center to make it 1-0 Mets.
With Jonathon Niese unable to properly grip the baseball due to the cold, the Rockies answered right back in the first. After an infield hit from Eric Young, Jr. and a passed ball, Carlos Gonzalez hit a soft liner into left to tie the game at 1.
The game remained tied until the fourth when a fly ball, scratch that, Coors Field home run off the bat of Josh Rutledge gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The Mets got that run back in the sixth on a double by Daniel Murphy and an RBI single from David Wright that caromed off Jon Garland‘s glove and drew the Mets even at 2.
The tie lasted about three minutes, as Jordany Valdespin (in his first ever start in left field), played Carlos Gonzalez‘ leadoff hit in the bottom of the sixth into a triple. Gonzalez was then driven in on a single by Troy Tulowitzki to make it 3-2 Rockies.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, the Mets’ bullpen surrendered six runs as the game got completely out of hand. First, Wilin Rosario delivered a two run single off Scott Atchison (who had replaced Josh Edgin) to right center to expand the Rockies’ lead to 5-2. The next batter, Todd Helton, ripped a two run double off the right field wall to make it 7-2 Colorado and blow the game open. After Jeurys Familia entered, he allowed consecutive run scoring singles that made it 9-2 Rockies.
After allowing the game to get out of hand, the Mets got one back in the eighth on an RBI single from Ike Davis to make it 9-3. The Rockies got that run right back when Dexter Fowler lined a homer to right off Jeremy Hefner to open the ninth. That made it 10-3. Two batters later, Troy Tulowitzki sent a bomb over the left field fence to make it 11-3 and close out the scoring.
- Jonathon Niese got the start for the Mets and was solid despite allowing nine hits. He went six innings and gave up three runs (all earned). He walked one and struck out three.
- David Wright, who has always mashed in Colorado, drove in two runs.
Simply put, I’m glad this trip is finally over. During their time in Minnesota and Colorado, the Mets were snowed out three out of four days, forced to play a doubleheader in frigid conditions, and then had to play a game where the temperature for the first pitch (28 degrees) was the coldest it had been for a game in 22 years. Playing games in cold weather cities during April is unavoidable. However, having the Mets make mid-April trips to two notoriously cold weather cities that they weren’t scheduled to return to was foolish. The Mets paid for it during this trip, and they’ll pay for it two more times with unscheduled trips to Minnesota and Colorado later this season.