MLB: Arenado Continues Hitting Streak in Rockies Win
The Rockies continued to run up the scoreboard on Friday night against the Mets. Zack Wheeler gave up a career-high seven runs over a period of four innings pitched. Colorado treated the game like it was batting practice, earning a 10-3 victory.
Colorado’s pitching staff has been dominant this series and only looks to improve. The team is currently missing pitchers Brett Anderson, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood. New York’s bullpen has been unable to fend off the offensive attacks made by the Rockies. Missing from the rotation are pitchers Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell. Each underwent tommy john surgery, likely to return in 2015. In 2013 Harvey put up a 2.27 ERA, and Parnell a 2.16. The return of these pitchers will likely decrease the amount of runs allowed by the Mets’ bullpen.
Unlike the first game, the Mets were able to score first but it would not last long as the Rockies easily answered back in the bottom of the first.
Juan Lagares scored off a wild pitch by Jorge De La Rosa, but that’s all the Mets would be given in the first. Charlie Blackmon led off the bottom of the first with a base hit to right field. Troy Tulowitzki earned his 23rd RBI of the season, scoring Blackmon to tie the game at one. A Justin Morneau double, Willin Rosario single and Corie Dickerson fly would give the Rockies a 4-0 lead going into the second.
In the third, Tulowitzki saw his second of three hits to drive in two runs with a single to left, increasing his RBI count to 25.
Jeurys Familia pitched his second night in a row against Colorado after replacing Wheeler in the fifth. The Mets saw its second home run of the series by Curtis Granderson to leave the Mets trailing 7-3 in the sixth.
The second home run of the game would come in the seventh, as Blackmon crushed the ball to earn his sixth homer of the season. Nolan Arenado followed with a single to center, increasing his hit streak to 22 games, tied for fourth longest in club history. Morneau and Rosario each hit the ball to center, adding two more runs to the already substantial lead.
New York did not put up much of a fight the remainder of the game, unable to overcome the seven-run deficit.
The Mets fall to 15-13, remaining in third place in the NL East. The Rockies improve to 18-13, jumping to second in the NL West, a mere one game behind the Giants.
Game three of the series will take place at Coors field on Saturday night. The pitching matchup is likely going to be Jenrry Mejia facing Franklin Morales. Mejia currently holds a 3.49 ERA while Morales is at a 4.40.