The Colorado Rockies have a four-man rotation, but they keep their pitchers on a strict pitch count. Perhaps the Mets should do something similar with Chris Young, removing him before the sixth inning. Once again Tuesday Young cruised through the first five frames, but then collapsed as the Mets dropped their second straight to the terrible Rockies.
The game was scoreless into the fourth inning when Ruben Tejada singled and moved to third when Ike Davis also singled. Tejada came around to score on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
If you’re the kind of guy who is into sports betting, always wager on Chris Young to falter after the fifth inning. He was actually throwing a perfect game until the fateful sixth when he then became very imperfect. DJ LeMahieu led off with an infield single. Jonathan Herrera singled, moving LeMahieu to third. Pitcher Jhoulys Cachin laid down a sacrifice bunt. Young fielded the ball and threw wildly to first –LeMahieu scored on the error to tie the score. Cachin was safe at first and Herrera advanced to third. Charlie Blackmon then singled to short left to score Herrera to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Cachin went to third. Blackmon stole second to put runners on second and third. With one out Dexter Fowler singled to right to score Cachin to make it 3-1. Then with runners on first and third Ramon Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1.
Young was able to make it through the seventh inning without further damage. He allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. He struck out nine and walked one. His error was really the killer, though.
The Mets made it 4-2 in the seventh. Jordany Valdespin doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Robert Carson allowed a run in the eighth and a botched rundown in the ninth resulted in another run.
Mets lose 6-2.