When the Mets play the Rockies, fans might as well expect torture. As if you can prepare for such a thing. The Mets blew a 6-0 lead, then came from behind to take a 10-9 lead in the 9th, before losing on a pinch hit walk-off home run. A gut wrenching loss for the Mets who have now lost three straight in the mile high city, dropping their impressive early season record to 15-14.
It looked like it was going to be an easy night.The Mets bats finally were alive. Facing Franklin Morales, the Amazins put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy and David Wright sparking the early rally with back-to-back extra base hits, followed by RBI singles by Anthony Recker and Lucas Duda. In the third, the lead ballooned to six runs. Curtis Granderson joining the hit party with a RBI single. Recker collected another big hit with a double, and the sixth run scoring on an error by Nolan Arenado.
Jenrry Mejia looked a lot like he did in his last Saturday night start. He was retiring the Rockies in order, or close to it, before completely losing it in the fifth inning. Terry Collins made the fatal mistake of either warming up Dice-K too late or plain leaving in Mejia too long. Nolan Arenado hitting a grand slam home run to put an exclamation point on an eight-run inning.
Since it is Coors Field, no lead is safe, even for the home team. The Mets would fight back with two runs to tie the game in the sixth inning. Chris Young and Curtis Granderson providing the big hits.
The Rockies would take back the lead in the 7th on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Pacheco with the bases loaded. Chris Young wouldn’t let that lead stand for long, as he drove in the ninth and tying run in the top of the next inning. It was 9-9 heading into the 9th in a wild but typical Coors Field game.
Juan Lagares was having a tough night. He was 0-5 with three strikeouts when he came to bat with two outs and a runner at third in the 9th. He didn’t let his poor start to the night deter him, driving in Eric Young to give the Mets a 10-9 lead.
On a night like this, it was almost expected. The Mets gave Kyle Farnsworth a 10-9 lead to hold in the 9th, and the red hot Rockies stole the game back. Charlie Culberson the hero with a pinch hit walk-off home run.
The Rockies won the game 11-10.
It has to be the walk-off…
Mets Starter Focus
In order to provide a better breakdown of the starter’s performance, the graphic below shows Mejia’s outing tonight in context of his season and overall league averages.