Takeaways from the Mets 14-9 win over the Rockies on Friday…
The Mets pummeled the Rockies by the score of 14-9 at Coors Field in Denver on Friday night. Here are my takeaways from the win…
The adventures of Coors Field.
And so it goes in Denver.
The Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead on Friday night thanks in part to a second inning grand slam from Yoenis Cespedes as part of a six-run third inning. But as is the case all too many times at Coors Field, that lead evaporated faster than it could be processed.
The Rockies came back in a hurry with a run in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game at eight a piece.
It wasn’t really unpredictable, especially with Bartolo Colon pitching, a guy who usually gives up a lot of flyballs. A lot of those flyballs went out, too – he allowed a solo home run to Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning, a solo home run to Ben Paulsen, and a three-run home run to Nolan Arenado.
It happens, but of course the concern for Colon at this point and the concerns as to whether or not he can effectively contribute to a pennant drive were not eased with this start. Wherever anyone pitches, it’s about location, especially for Colon who throws more than 80 percent fastball and is not overpowering. Once again, his location was poor, and in that ballpark, forget it.
Fortunately, the Mets got back on the horse and took the lead back with a two-run home run from Cespedes in the sixth inning, and then two more solo home runs in the seventh inning to stretch the lead back out to four runs, and the Mets were able to hold the Rockies off for a slog of a win in a rare slugfest.
Thank you for gifting the Mets Cespedes, Sandy Alderson.
What a night for Cespedes. He doubled in the first inning, but that served only as the key note for his evening at Coors Field.
He hit his grand slam in the third, and in his next at-bat he hit a solo home run. Then, after the Rockies tied the game in the fifth, he hit a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead back in the sixth. Then after singling to leadoff the eighth inning, he came up with a chance for a 6-for-6 night with two outs in the ninth.
But alas, it took a nice running play in the right field gap to deny him of his sixth hit, and matching Edgardo Alfonzo’s 6-for-6 night at the Astrodome in 1999.
The great thing about his night was his homers were all to right or center field. It’s significant because he’s been out ahead of a lot of pitches and pulling the ball way too much as of late. He clearly took a step back and took advantage of the hitter friendly atmosphere a mile high on Friday, and had himself a career night with a five-hit performance.
A quietly key play.
Curtis Granderson made one of the finer plays he’s made since joining the Mets. With a runner at third and one out in the fifth, he camped under a flyball in right field, and made the catch. He then made a great throw to nail Kyle Parker at the plate for the third out, preventing a run from scoring.
In a game when runs were quite common, cutting down on as many as possible is critical when it comes to surviving nights like this. Granderson really helped the club with this play, and perhaps made the difference for them as well.
A very entertaining game.
Of course, the Mets needed to win, and they took care of business. But, as aggravating as it was for them to blow the 7-1 lead, this sure was an entertaining ballgame. It’s not often the Mets crush the ball the way they did like this, and have a player set some marks in the process.
It wasn’t pretty, but most of these fun games aren’t conventional.
Other notes from Friday:
Cespedes’ three home runs were a career high, his seven RBI were a season high. His five hits were the most by a Met in a single game since Ronny Paulino had five hits in a game on May 1, 2011 against the Phillies. He also scored five runs on Friday.
The Mets hit five home runs on Friday night, and seven extra-base hits overall.
The Mets scored in seven of the nine innings on Friday.
Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, the sixth time they’ve done so this season.
The Mets bullpen allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Friday was the first time this season the Mets hit five home runs in a game.
The Mets are now 17-1 when they score seven or more runs in a game this season.
The Mets have outscored the Rockies 37-14 in five games this season.