The Mets-Rockies game on Thursday afternoon started with temperatures at 28 degrees. It ended with the Mets bullpen once again failing, as the Rockies swept the snow-shortened series.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead. Daniel Murphy singled in the first, moved to third on a wild pitch and throwing error on the catcher and scored on a David Wright hit.
But Jonathon Niese gave the run right back in the bottom of the inning. With a runner on first Niese threw a wild pitch (which should have been ruled a passed ball — the ball was off the plate but John Buck tried to backhand it and it bounced off his glove), and Carlos Gonzalez tied the score at one with a single.
In the fourth Josh Rutledge hit a solo home run to give the Rockies the lead, 2-1.
The Murphy-Wright combination managed to tie the game in the sixth. Murphy doubled and Wright hit a ball that hit off of pitcher Jon Garland’s glove that trickled to the empty second baseman’s spot. Murphy hustled home to make it a 2-2 game. Wright now has 14 RBIs, which is tied for second in the National League. John Buck is tied for the top spot with 19.
Carlos Gonzalez led off the bottom of the inning with a shot into the left field gap. Jordany Valdespin, making his first start in left, hurried to cut it off and booted the ball. Gonzalez ended up on third on the double and an error. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a single to score Gonzalez and break the tie.
Niese went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Niese struggled with the cold for the second straight start, but he fared much better than he did in Minnesota, when he allowed five runs in five innings.
Josh Edgin came in for the seventh and turned in another poor appearance. He allowed two hits and gave way to Scott Atchison with two outs. Atchison was even worse in his first bad outing of the season. He walked a batter to load the bases, then Wilin Rosario dumped a single into right to score two runs to make it 5-2. The runs were charged to Edgin who now has a 9.45 ERA. Todd Helton doubled off the wall in right to score two more runs, and that was all for Atchison. Jeurys Familia, just up from the minors for the terrible Greg Burke, walked his first batter and then allowed singles to Chris Nelson and Reid Brignac to make it 9-2. All with two outs.
The Mets added a run in the eighth on an Ike Davis RBI single to cut the deficit to 9-3.
Dexter Fowler and Tulowitzki both homered in the bottom of the eighth off of Jeremy Hefner to make it 11-3. That was the final score.
The Mets-Rockies series technically is not over — there is still one more snowed-out game to make up on June 27. But as of now, it is a Colorado sweep as the Mets fall to .500 for the season.