After splitting a pair in Baltimore, the Mets arrived in the nation’s largest functioning pinball machine for the second leg of their 9-game road trip.
Aug 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is greeted by teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Not for long, though…
After the Mets and their hosts exchanged runs in the opening frame, New York chased Jon Gray from the game with 6 runs in the 2nd inning. By the 4th inning, however, Colorado likewise chased Bartolo Colon from the game.
After 5 long innings of play, the game lay tied 8-8, with no hope of expediency in sight.
But, in typically generous Coors Field fashion, the Mets regained the lead with a trio of home runs, giving them 5 for the game through 7 innings of play.
They tacked on one more in the 9th for good measure. And after 4-hours of long balls, base trotting and pitching changes, the Mets finally won the damn thing by a 14-9 margin of victory.
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That’s because with 2-outs in the bottom of the 1st, right fielder Carlos Gonzalez tied the game with a home run to right.
The Mets then exploded for 6 runs in the top of the 2nd inning. Kelly Johnson led things off with a hit. Michael Conforto drew a 1-out walk, and Bartolo Colon was then HBP loading the bases. Curtis Granderson‘s base hit advanced all runners, Johnson scored. Daniel Murphy likewise singled, scoring Conforto. Yoenis Cespedes then connected on an opposite field grand slam home run to right.
Three batters and 2 hits later, Jon Gray was mercifully pulled from the game after just 1.2 innings of work.
In the bottom of the 3rd, third baseman Nolan Arenado just missed hitting the third. His resulting double off the center field wall scored Carlos Gonzalez. Friendly scoring saved Kelly Johnson from an error on DJ LeMahieu‘s grounder which allowed Arenado to score, making it a 7-4 game.
- Through 3 innings pitched, Bartolo Colon threw 55 pitches with 39 going for strikes. He allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked one and fanned one.
- Bartolo Colon‘s line: In 3.2 innings he allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, while fanning just one. He threw 74 pitches with 50 (67%) going for strikes, and allowed 3 home runs.
In the top of the 7th, Travis d’Arnaud deposited yet another souvenir directly behind the 415 marker in left/center. Michael Conforto then made it back-to-back homers with a shot to right, giving the Mets a 12-8 lead.
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Tyler Clippard entered the game in the bottom of the 8th.
Jeurys Familia closed out the victory with a scoreless inning of work in the 9th.
- Bottom 1st inning – Carlos Gonzalez solo home run.
- Top 2nd inning – Kelly Johnson single; Michael Conforto walk, and Bartolo Colon HBP loaded the bases. Curtis Granderson singled, Johnson scored. Daniel Murphy singled, Conforto scored. Yoenis Cespedes grand slam home run off Jon Gray.
- Bottom 2nd inning – Ben Paulsen solo home run.
- Bottom 3rd inning – Carlos Gonzalez singled. Nolan Arenado doubled, Gonzalez scored. An E-4 allowed Arenado to score from second base.
- Top 4th inning – Yoenis Cespedes solo home run.
- Top 6th inning – Daniel Murphy walked; Yoenis Cespedes 2-run home run.
- Bottom 7th inning – Nolan Arenado doubled. After advancing to third, he scored on JD LeMahieu’s grounder.
- Top 8th inning – Yoenis Cespedes singled, and stole second. Wilmer Flores doubled, Cespedes scored.
- Top 9th inning – Juan Urube doubled. Granderson advanced him to third. Uribe scored on Murphy’s sac-fly to right.
- Mets 14; ROCKIES 9
- By my eye, the Mets have now played 6 straight defensively poor games. This evening, Wilmer Flores and Kelly Johnson weren’t the smoothest looking combo the Mets have featured up the middle this season.
- The Mets hit 5 home runs in a game for the first time this season.
- !La Potencia! – Yoenis Cespedes went 5 for 6, with a double, 3 home runs, 5 runs scored, 7 RBI, and a stolen base for good measure.
- Former Mets shortstop, Jose Reyes went 0 for 5 with a strikeout.
- Bartolo Colon, 42, was let off the hook with a no decision. His record remains at 10-11, while his ERA grew from 4.58 to a 4.90 mark. He still leads the league with a 1.0 W/9 average, and maintains a respectable 6.7 K/9 average, but also leads the N.L. with 171 hits allowed. In his last 4 starts, Colon allowed 30 hits over 25.1 innings pitched, and has surrendered 5 home runs over his last 2 starts.
- The Mets are now 2-1 on this trip, but more importantly are 8-7 on the road since returning from the all-star break.
- Not sure I agree with Terry Collins‘ use of Jeurys Familia in a 14-9 game. This is a mistake Collins has committed repeatedly this season.
- The first place Mets now own a 5-game lead over the Washington Nationals.
8/22 – Saturday, 8:10pm (ET)
Mets @ ROCKIES