The Mets (11-9) were blown out by the Rockies (10-9) by the score of 18-9 at Coors Field tonight.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
The Least You Should Know:
- Chris Schwinden started for the Mets and he was awful, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
- Manny Acosta added fuel to the fire, allowing seven runs, all earned, on five hits.
- The Mets allowed 11 runs in the fifth inning, all on one out, and allowed two, three run home runs before recording the second out as well.
- The Mets committed four errors in the fifth inning – all throwing errors – a franchise high for one inning.
- Ramon Ramirez allowed three runs, thanks in large measure to an opposite field grand slam by Ramon Hernandez off of Bobby Parnell in the seventh inning.
- The Mets fashioned five straight two out hits to help plate four runs in the fifth inning, including an RBI triple from Scott Hairston, and RBI singles from Lucas Duda, Zach Lutz, and Chris Schwinden.
- Hairston hit for the cycle and became the first Met since Jose Reyes in 2006 to hit for the cycle and the tenth player in club history to hit for the cycle – Hairston recorded ten total bases and four RBI on the night.
- Ruben Tejada had four hits, all singles, and scored two runs.
- Daniel Murphy had a really tough night at the plate, going 0-for-5, leaving a runner at third on two separate occasions while striking out twice – Murphy also committed two of the Mets six errors on the night.
Schwinden was completely ineffective, to say the least. He pitched pretty well innings 2 – 4, but he didn’t have an effective out pitch which resulted in a lot of foul balls early and the flood gates opening in the fifth inning. Until he can develop an effective out pitch, he is going to have a hard time sticking at this level.
It’s hard to believe Acosta’s outing tonight. He was throwing rather than pitching, but there were absolutely no cheap shots against him from any of the batters he faced. He was basically a human pitching machine tonight and he got lit up in rare fashion. Consider this – Acosta faced nine batters, committed a throwing error, hit and walked a batter, allowed three singles, one home run, and recorded one out. Unbelievable.
Normally, catchers interference happens once, maybe twice a year to any one individual. But Josh Thole has averaged one per week so far this season, and to keep with the theme of utter craziness tonight, he recorded one on a pitchout with the hitter swinging. It was the Mets fifth error of the game and naturally, resulted in more runs in the seventh inning.
Daniel Murphy had a night to forget on both sides of the ball. He left two runners at third with less than two outs and recorded two errors which contributed to this meltdown tonight. He has struggled against left-handed pitching lately as they’ve consistently worked him towards the outside part of the strike zone.
On a lighter note, congratulations to Hairston for his cycle. He certainly did all he could do to give the team a chance to win tonight. Other than that, all the Mets can do is turn the page on this one and pick themselves up tomorrow night.
I think we learned tonight Zach Lutz’s future is not at first base after tonight. That is all.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: