Thursday, April 18, 2013

Game #14: Rockies 11, Mets 3

On a day that started out bad for Travis D'Arnaud, for his future team, it ended with a resounding "D'oh!"

The Rockies erupted for a six-run 7th to bury the Mets, 11-3, in a series that won't "officially" end until June 27.

The Bad Stuff:

  • Down 3-2 in the 7th, New York turned it over to the bullpen after Jonathon Niese's quality start (see Good Stuff below). The results weren't pretty, as Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison, and the recently-promoted Jeurys Familia combined to allow six Colorado runs in that one inning, with Atchison failing to retire any of his three batters.
  • In an 8th-inning tune-up before Saturday's scheduled start, Jeremy Hefner allowed solo home runs to Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki, which provided the final margin.
The Good Stuff:
  • Despite the intensely cold weather, Jonathon Niese was able to piece together a quality start, taking a relatively tough loss by allowing 3 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3 on 96 pitches.
  • The Mets' 1-4 hitters combined to go 7-11, as Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Murphy picked up a double and a single each, while David Wright's continued dominance at Coors Field included 2 RBIs, and Ike Davis drove in a run for the first time in what seems like forever.
Final Analysis:
Factor in a clean sweep at the hands of a team they should have beaten, an injury to their top catching prospect, and the realistic possibility that half the team got frostbite, and this road trip could not end soon enough. Now, weekend forecasts of 60 degrees on Saturday and 55 on Sunday certainly aren't summery, they should feel positively like Miami after the week the Mets spent in one of Dante's colder layers of hell. Good day, and good riddance to cold weather.


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