Roles reversed today. The Rockies hit the Mets with a barrage of offense. The Mets’ starting pitcher wasn’t able to record an out in the second inning. And the Rockies ultimately avoided the sweep with a 13-4 to wrap up the quick, three-game road trip.
The Rockies hit around in the first inning against Steven Matz, plating four runs in the process. All the runs came with two outs. DJ LeMahieu singled in between a Charlie Blackmon strike out and a Nolan Arenado pop out. LeMahieu finished with four hits on the day, including two doubles. With one on and one out, Mark Reynolds, who also had four hits, doubled for his first to put runners on second and third. Ian Desmond brought them both home with a single. Gerardo Parra singled on a bunt to put two runners on again, and this time Trevor Story brought both of them home to make it a 4-0 game. Jeff Hoffman struck out to end the inning after the Mets intentionally walked Ryan Hanigan.
The Rockies’ bats stayed hot in the second. It started with three vintage hits—each batter playing to type. Blackmon led off with a double to right field, and LeMahieu made it runners at the corners with an opposite filed single. Arenado brought both of them home, along with himself, with a home run to center field.
That made it 7-0 Rockies. Reynolds ran Matz from the game after knocking a single.
The fourth inning saw even more runs for the Rockies. LeMahieu led off with a double to right-center field, and Reynolds brought him home with a single. Desmond pushed LeMahieu to third base with a double, and Parra brought him home with a sacrifice fly. That made it 9-0.
Jeff Hoffman got in to and out of some trouble in the third inning. René Rivera and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. But Hoffman got Curtis Granderson to fly out for the first out, and he impressively struck out Asdrúbal Cabrera and Michael Conforto to end the inning. After the second strikeout, he let out a bellow heading back to the dugout. Hoffman isn’t afraid to show emotion on the mound.
Hoffman had a good but not great day. He allowed a couple of no-doubt home runs. The first was a solo shot from Lucas Duda in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Cabrera hit a long one out to right field with a runner on. The Mets added another against Hoffman in the sixth inning. Once again, they started off with back-to-back singles. Two consecutive sacrifice flies led to a run, making it 9-4, but that was all the Mets got. Hoffman had a little help from Charlie in center field:
Caption this catch:— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 16, 2017
Ready.... Go! pic.twitter.com/kTH88LMND6
In all, Hoffman gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings of work. He walked just one batter, but he only struck out three. Add to that the two home runs he gave up, and that’s where we get “good not great.” Sixty of the 91 pitches he threw were strikes.
The Rockies got a couple runs back in the seventh. With a runner on Blackmon hit what was ruled an inside the park home run to left-center field. The ball clearly was out of the park, but there was no reason to review the play because Charlie rounded the bases anyway. That made the score 11-4.
Was this an Inside-the-park or just a home run?— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 16, 2017
You decide. pic.twitter.com/XwfvqawqCa
Parra knocked a two-run homer of his own in the eighth to make it 13-4. Which is how it ended. Scott Oberg, Mike Dunn, and Zac Rosscup wrapped up the win for the Rockies with three scoreless innings.
The Rockies are headed back to Denver for a six-game home stand against the Padres and the Pirates. The Padres series kicks off at 6:40 MT. Luis Perdomo will start for the Padres, and the Rockies respond with Germán Márquez.