The New York Mets were defeated by the Colorado Rockies 18-9 on Friday night in Colorado. The Mets called up Chris Schwinden to take the spot of starter Mike Pelfrey. Schwinden did not have a good debut at all. Pelfrey is 99 percent sure he will undergo season ending Tommy John surgery. Miguel Batista and Tim Byrdak were the only Mets pitchers to come away unscathed. It wasn’t a good night for the Mets pitching staff. Ruben Tejada and Scott Hairston had big nights with four hits each. Hairston hit for the cycle.
Schwinden pitched four innings giving up seven hits and six runs with five of them being earned. He walked one and didn’t strike out a batter. Manny Acosta took the loss pitching 1/3 of an inning giving up five hits and seven runs with two walks, Miguel Batista pitched 2/3 of an inning retiring both batters that he faced and Ramon Ramirez pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and four unearned runs. He walked one and struck out two. Bobby Parnell pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and one run and Byrdak pitched to two batters and retired them both. Drew Pomeranz started for the Rockies and pitched four innings giving up five hits and two runs, one of them earned. He walked three and struck out four. The Rockies used five pitchers out of the bullpen. Rogers struggled pitching an inning and giving up six hits and four runs with three strikeouts. Matt Reynolds picked up the win pitching an inning and giving up two hits and striking out one. He won his third game of the season without a loss.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a hit and drew a walk, Tejada had four hits and David Wright had a hit and drew two walks. Hairston had four hits and four RBI and hit for the cycle. Lucas Duda had two hits and two RBI, Lutz had a hit and Mike Nickeas had two hits, an RBI and a walk. Josh Thole had a hit, Schwinden had a hit and an RBI. Hairston had a double, triple and a homerun. The Mets were 5-14 with 11 men left on base. Wright was caught stealing. Shwinden, Nickeas, Tejada, Lutz, Thole and Murphy each had an error. The Mets did not have a good game at all with the bat pitching and six errors on the night.
The Rockies had four players with at least three hits on the night. Carlos Gonzalez had three hits and six RBI. Ramon Hernandez had five RBI, Dexter Fowler had three hits and three RBI and Marco Scutaro had four hits and drew a walk.
The Mets got a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Wright was picked off and caught stealing but a run scored on the play. The Rockies scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Gonzalez had an RBI groundout and Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homerun. Hairston hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning to tie the game at two. The fifth inning is when things got out of hand. Hairston hit an RBI triple, Duda hit an RBI single, Nickeas had an RBI single and Schwinden had an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game in favor of the Mets. The Rockies came back in the bottom of the inning with 11 runs. The score at the end of five was 13-6 in favor of the Rockies. In the sixth Hairston hit a two run double and Duda had an RBI single to make it 13-9. In the seventh Todd Helton hit an RBI single and Hernandez hit a grand slam to make it 18-9 and that was it for the scoring.
The Mets record dropped to 11-9 and the Rockies improved to 10-9. The two teams will meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday night.
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