Thursday night Bartolo Colon looked very much like a pitcher who will celebrate his 41st birthday later this month; the Rockies just beat him up. Combine that with a Mets offense that cannot hit even in the thin air of Denver and you have all the ingredients of a Mets loss.
Juan Lagares, just back from the disabled list picked up where he left off, leading off the game with a double. He was stranded there.
Colon got hit early and often. Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the first to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
The Rockies mounted a two-out rally in the second. Two singles put runners on first and third, and then opposing pitcher Juan Nicasio singled to deep right to make it 3-0.
Bartolo Colon got through the third but the Rockies resumed their attack in the fourth. A walk, a bunt single (complete with a throwing error by Lucas Duda) and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Nicasio hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. A single and another sacrifice extended the lead to 6-0.
Corey Dickerson tripled in the fifth to bring home another run to make it 7-0 and chase Colon from the game.
Bartolo Colon went 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits. He’s now 2-4 with a 5.65 ERA on the season.
The Mets finally got on the board in the eighth. Bobby Abreu walked with two outs and scored on another Lagares double.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth to make it less embarrassing, but the Mets still lose, 7-4.