Both Mets and Rockies had limited runs and hits for them but a Rockie HR put the Mets away in 2-1 loss. Capuano had another nice start, bullpen was lights out, but once again, the offense fell flat.
So when both teams only get five hits each in a game, both starting pitchers go into the sixth inning with one or two runs scored against them, and only one player from each team having two hits, what made the difference between the Rockies scoring two runs and the Mets only scoring one run?
The answer relies on one small number found on the box score. Team LOB. The Mets had a 10 on their side, while the Rockies only had 4 on theirs. This has been the Mets major problem this season, players left on the basepaths, leaving runners in scoring position, and just the lack of clutch hitting from the star players.
The pitching from fill-in number five starter, Chris Capuano, has improved over his last few starts. Going 6.2 innings with two runs on five hits, three walks, and one solo homerun. He also racked up four strikeouts. Of the twenty-seven batters he faced, he threw a first pitch strike to eighteen of them, thew 98 pitches and lowered his ERA to 4.93. Capuano will prove to be very effective in the ‘pen once/if Santana returns. Cap gets his fourth loss though.
Former Rockie, Taylor Buchholz with a hitless inning and a strikeout. Tim Byrdak retired the one batter he faced.
Ike, Wright, Murphy, and Willie Harris are the only ones to get a hit for the Mets, with Ike getting two. They were all singles, and Bay was the only one to get an RBI. The Mets had more walks (6) than hits (5) in the game. But the ten runners left on base is still a concerning number that continues to plague the Mets.
Iannetta’s solo homerun.
Chris Capuano with another good start.
Mike Pelfrey tries to tie up both the Rockies series and his own win-loss record as he goes up against the Rockies who have Jason Hammel on the mound for them. Game time is 8:40 PM on SNY.