DENVER, CO - APRIL 27: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his two-run home run, part of his five RBI effort ,in the fifth inning as the Rockies scored 11 runs in the inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field on April 27, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
That might have been the most enjoyable random inning I've ever seen.
After Drew Pomeranz had left a 2-2 game after four innings with forearm tightness, Esmil Rogers allowed 4 runs with two outs in the top of the 5th inning to make it a 6-2 deficit. And then the bottom of the 5th happened.
Pinch hitter Eric Young Jr started the frame off innocuously enough with a comebacker to Steve Schwinden -- except Schwinden's throw was a little off and EY2's head first slide avoided the tag. He was the first of 7 straight Rockies to reach base. Every time EY gets on base it seems like this has happened this year -- he steals a base and forces the other team to make an error. After a Marco Scutaro walk, Jonathan Herrera drove in Young with a single, then Carlos Gonzalez tied it up with a 3 run shot (3). That was it for Schwinden, but reliever Manny Acosta didn't fare much better.
He allowed two hits, a walk, and a RBI groundout that gave Rockies fans tacos. Up came Dexter Fowler, who seconds after I predicted a bomb dutifully complied, making it a 10-6 game. Young (who went 0-1 with 2 runs in the inning) walked, Scutaro singled, Herrera was hit, and Gonzalez got his 4th and 5th RBIs of the inning with a single -- while Herrera scored on a poor throw and catch by the Mets' 1st baseman and catcher. Mercifully for the Mets, that was it for the 5th.
In all, Colorado scored 11 runs on just 7 hits in the bottom of the 5th. The Mets committed 3 errors in the frame (of the 6 they had in the game), walked 3, and hit a batter. And the scoring wasn't done, as Ramon Hernandez added a 7th inning grand slam (4), the 7th of his career.
The Rockies pounded out 19 hits in the game, including 4 HRs that directly accounted for 11 of the runs. Scutaro was 4-5 with 4 runs, Gonzalez was 3-6 with 3 RBI, Hernandez had 5 RBI, Troy Tulowitzki had 2 hits and a solo homer. Fowler went 3-5 with 3 RBI on his T-shirt day and Todd Helton also added 3 hits. There was a lot of offense to go around tonight -- every starter had a hit, Pomeranz included.
Matt Reynolds was awarded the win (3-0), though he came on with the Rockies already up 13-9. It wasn't much of a pitching night.
We Salute: Gonzalez (.306 WPA), Scutaro (.133), Fowler (.106)
We Are Disappointed In: Rogers (-.355 WPA)
Panda Rating: Happy Panda -- Rockies are 4-0 with me writing these