The Colorado Rockies rode a ninth inning rally to a victory in the first of an important four-game series against the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon. Playing a strange day game after a night game in a different city, the Rockies were able to put together a rally against closer Jeurys Familia after being unable to muster any offense against Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom and relievers Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins.
Before the ninth inning, the game’s lone run came on a Rene Rivera double in the second inning that brought home James Loney, while the Rockies managed just six singles and never seriously threatened.
Rookie starting pitcher Tyler Anderson did his thing and was outstanding yet again today, as he allowed just a run on seven hits in six innings of work to lower his ERA on the season to 3.33. He struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, and now boasts an impressive 46-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 innings.
deGrom, however, brought his best stuff as well and threw seven shutout innings of his own, lowering his ERA to a sparkling 2.56. The 28-year-old righty allowed just five hits and a walk to go with six strikeouts.
What ultimately proved to be a critical seventh inning was nearly a disaster for the Rockies. The Mets loaded the bases with nobody out against Jake McGee, who was pulled in favor of Scott Oberg. As I’m sure you all predicted, Oberg got a ground out, strikeout, and fly out to escape the inning unscathed and give the Rockies a chance in the last two innings.
In the ninth inning, the good work from the Rockies' pitching staff finally paid off. Rookies Trevor Story and David Dahl led off with a single and a walk, respectively, before Daniel Descalso came up in a clear bunting situation. He failed to get his first two attempts down, but with two strikes tried again and had his ball stop rolling right on the chalk of the first base line for an infield single to load the bases. Cristhian Adames then came up to pinch hit with one out and reached on a ground ball that was booted by Loney to tie the game, 1-1. A wild pitch with Charlie Blackmon at the plate brought home Dahl and put the Rockies ahead by what would ultimately be the final score of 2-1.
Yet another rookie Carlos Estevez came on and slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the victory and pick up his 11th save of the season.
The win improved the Rockies to 50-52 on the season, 3-1 on their current seven-game road trip, while the Mets fell to 53-48. Game two of the series is tomorrow night at 5:10 pm mountain time. Tyler Chatwood will take the hill for the Rockies against Steven Matz of the Mets.
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