The Rockies had a winning road trip but a disappointing loss on Wednesday night. There's not much better of a cure for that than facing the Mets in the friendly confines of Coors Field. While the Mets have been winning early and often this year, we all know that they are still the Mets and they proved it for much of the night Thursday as the Rockies showed why they are the number one offense in baseball en route to a 7-4 victory.
The biggest threat the Mets had against starter Juan Nicasio was to begin the game when Juan Lagaras led off with a double. However, they followed that up with a line drive outs to Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki, the latter of which resulted in an inning-ending double play Maybe the shouldn't try the left side of the infield.
Young players Arenado and Charlie Blackmon seemed shocked to see what one commenter referred to as R2D2 on the mound and were out quickly to start off the first. Carlos Gonzalez, though, was not amused and put the ball into the right field bullpen for his sixth home run of the season. That started a Rockies' onslaught in which they scored at least one run in every inning except for the third off of Bartolo Colon until he left the game in the fifth. By then, the damage was done and the Rockies held a 7-0 lead.
After his defense helped him out in the first, Nicasio settled down to have a solid game. He allowed only three more baserunners and struck out two while completing seven innings of shutout ball. He also had three runs batted in on a long single and a sacrifice fly. Freshly returned Chad Bettis came in for mop-up duty and still looked shaky. He gave up a run-scoring double in the eighth and three-run home run in the ninth to make things interesting before getting Ruben Tejada to line into the final out.
It wouldn't be the Rockies without some injury drama. Tonight it was Carlos Gonzalez, who left the game with a finger contusion, though thankfully not the same finger he had issues with last year. It seems to be the year of the hurt finger for the Rockies, so the rest of the team should consider investing in some really thick gloves.
Great conversation for a weeknight game, here is the row call:
Asauce, BubbaFan, Chrysicat, ColoradoZebo, ES46NE10, Goeldfinger, Jbronc, Jordan Freemyer, Junction Rox, Kevin V. Minor, Nephelimdream, NoDo Joe, Paleface Destro, PurpleToPurple, RhodeIslandRoxfan, RockyMountainWay91, Roxman4ever, SDcat09, Sjamb, The Ghost of Marv Throneberry, The Lodo Magic Man, WhiskeyDrinkingMan, Yokel, butterfly2, chickenfoof, dyzz, evers44, papality, purplesocks, rockiesfan4ever, vtmn_D
And game graph:
Rockies record: 17-13, one game out of first.