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Mets 7, Rockies 4: Bullpen melts down in the ninth

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Too bad baseball games aren’t eight innings long

The Rockies were able to hang on against Thor and the Mets, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth. All seemed to be going well until Jairo Diaz was unable to convert a five out save. He allowed a run to score in the eighth to make it 4-3, but then walked the leadoff man in the ninth who eventually came around to score and tie the game. He then walked the next batter to load the bases with nobody out. Joe Harvey came in to relieve Diaz, but he just added to the damage with an RBI walk to Pete Alonso. Robinson Canó then grounded into a double play, but still scored Brandon Nimmo. The nail in the coffin came with an RBI single from Mets’ closer Seth Lugo — his first plate appearance in 2019. The Mets scored five runs in the final two innings to secure their victory in the rubber match.

Swipin’ bags

The Rockies stole five bases today, four of which were swiped in the bottom of the sixth inning. Garrett Hampson stole two, which gave him 11 on the season. That mark made him the sixth Rockies rookie to record at least ten steals in a single season, joining the likes of Dexter Fowler and Eric Young, Jr. (who was the last to do so in 2010). Raimel Tapia and Trevor Story also stole bases in the sixth inning, and Nolan Arenado stole one in the second. This was the fourth time that the Rockies have stolen four bases in a single inning, with the last coming in 2012 at Miller Park against the Brewers.

Sam Goes (Hill)Yard

Sam Hilliard homered in his first two at-bats against fellow Mansfield, TX native Noah Syndergaard. He hit one to the second deck in right and the other to the left field bleachers. The second one gave the Rockies the lead in the fourth, which they held onto until the ninth. Hilliard now has four homers in his short major league career. This kid has a bright future ahead of him.

Just give him the Gold Glove now

The entire Rockies’ infield defense was absolutely stellar today, but it was Trevor Story who recorded some of the best plays of the afternoon. In the early innings, he made three Gold Glove caliber plays that helped keep the Mets off the board. The Gold Glove isn’t just a want for him and Rockies fans right now, it’s a need. Hopefully the rest of the league thinks so too.

Up Next

The Rockies have an off day tomorrow as they travel to California for the last road trip of the season. Peter Lambert is scheduled against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday. First pitch is at 8:00 p.m. MT.