Saved by McMahon
With the Rockies down 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth and with thoughts of yet another loss due to the bullpen, Ryan McMahon came through in a pinch:
The three-run home run was McMahon’s second of the season (as well as his career). It gave the Rockies the lead back for good. Charlie Blackmon added a homer of his own an inning later for a little bit of cushion.
This is getting ridiculous
Chad Bettis was not sharp Wednesday (he gave up five walks and nine hits in 42⁄3 innings), so it wasn’t just the bullpen this time. But there was another one of those bullpen moments that we’re unfortunately getting used to. Chris Rusin replaced Bettis with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning and the Rockies up 6-5. Rusin walked the first batter he faced, which tied the game. Asdrúbal Cabrera then hit a two-run single to give the Mets an 8-6 lead.
Rusin walked one more batter to load the bases again, but Bryan Shaw entered the game and got the Rockies out of it. It was a critical moment of the game, and the bullpen handled it about as well as anybody expects anymore.
While Harrison Musgrave, Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino, and Wade Davis held the Mets scoreless for the final four innings, Rusin’s appearance earned some boos and was exemplary of the way the bullpen has been pitching pretty much all of June.
The Rockies and Mets finish their four-game series tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:10 MT. Lefties Kyle Freeland and Steven Matz get the starts.