Friday night at Coors Field there was enough long ball on tap to go around for both teams, but it was the prevailing Mets who walked out of the park without paying the 14-9 tab.
Yoenis Cespedes rocked the house that the Rockies built with three homeruns, one of which, a second inning grand slam, giving NY a seemingly safe six run lead.
But when baseballs fly off of bats into thin air, the high altitude leaves nothing up for outfielders to grab, so, it’s only safe to say, you have to be very cautious when competing in Colorado.
After giving up two more singles in the second, Rockies starter John Gray got the hook in a hurry, and then that pesky thin air plagued Mets’ pitcher, Bartolo Colon. Colon was clinging to a one run lead when reliever Sean Gilmartin replaced him in the fourth.
In the 6th, Cespedes, with Daniel Murphy on a free ride to first, fired a 2 run shot to right, to give NY, this time, a safe lead for good.
Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud connected with back-to-back blasts, but it was Cespedes, whose five hits, gave him the best career day of his life.
Saturday the Mets hit the déjà vu jackpot with their consecutive 14-9 defeat, and their lucky lefty Jonathon Niese picked up his 8th win in spite of a shaky start.
With the game tied at three, the Mets roughed up the Rockies in the third, scoring eight runs, which began on Juan Uribe’s 367’ homerun to right. Colorado’s Chris Rusin could not surrender one batter, even getting tagged by Niese who savored his run scoring single.
All of the Mets’ usual suspects poked one through the hole, in fact every position player who stepped to the plate was fortuitous, even pinch hitter Kelly Johnson got on base with an infield single.
After Carlos Torres continued to struggle in relief, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia came to his rescue to close it out.
On Sunday, the Mets did the right thing by resting the million-dollar arm of ace pitcher Matt Harvey, and were rewarded with rookie reliever Logan Verrett’s startling first Major League start.
The ex-right handed Ranger, made quite an impression, giving up one run, scattering 4 hits, striking out eight over eight innings, to complete NY’s consecutive sweep of the Rockies.
Colorado’s David Hale had a hard time on the mound giving the Mets the upper hand with four wild pitches; two of them run scoring. But on this night, no rally cap could help them recover.
It’s uncanny how Terry Collins and his crew keep cranking out the perfect combination no matter who comes out of the dugout. Michael Conforto making his second appearance this series went 3-4. And no disrespect to Michael Recker, but you know your team is in a groove when, your rarely played back up, back up catcher, doubles in a run.
Going into Monday, the Mets retain their fab five game NL East lead, and after a three day weekend consisting of 33 runs, on 45 hits, 2 unearned, they will fly to Philadelphia to face the Phillies, who are coming off of their weekend sweep of the Marlins.