The Colorado Rockies scored a bunch of runs early against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. It looked like it might be a blowout, but then you remembered the Rockies’ bullpen. Ten runs ended up being just enough as they held on for a 10-8 win.
Big third inning
The Rockies put up six runs in the third inning of this game, starting with back-to-back-to-back home runs off the bats of Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Ian Desmond. You know, the team’s all stars (it’s late—had to make sure you were still paying attention). Those three also had the big games overall, with Arenado delivering three hits and driving in three.
From there the team strung together hits and put up more runs. They added to their lead in the next couple innings, and thank goodness they did.
Adam Ottavino good, rest of bullpen bad
Among the scary moments once this game was handed to the bullpen was a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning. With a run already across, Ottavino let another run in on a cross-up with the catcher but ultimately saved the day. He also worked a clean eighth inning. Everything around him crumbled, but he propped this one up so the Rockies could hang on. Every other reliever gave up at least one run except for Chris Rusin, who only recorded one out.
Germán Márquez battled
He struggled early but was able to limit the damage and give the Rockies six innings in which he allowed four runs. Given the state of the bullpen, that’s a gift.
The Rockies face the Mets again on Wednesday night with Chad Bettis on the mound against Seth Lugo.