MLB: Nicasio’s Stellar Performance, Mets Respond Too Late
The Mets have been hot recently, winning seven of its last nine games, but its bats did not prove to be on fire Thursday night. Colorado hit the ground running to score seven runs before New York could manage to put one on the board.
It was a pitching matchup between Bartolo Colon and Juan Nicasio, but Nicasio proved to be the dominant pitcher, both on the mound and at the plate. Including a career-high three RBI’s from Nicasio, the Rockies went on to take the first game of a four-game series with a 7-4 win.
Colorado managed to hold the Mets to seven scoreless innings, which contained only three hits, digging a hole that was too deep for the Mets to climb out of.
Carlos Gonzalez put the first run on the board with a homer to right center field in the bottom of the first. Chris Young hit a single to left in the top of the second, then stole second base with two outs, but the Mets would not manage to bring home the runner in scoring position.
Colorado rallied with two outs in the second to earn two more runs. Corey Dickerson singled to left followed by a Charlie Culberson single to center. Juan Nicasio earned his first two RBI’s of the night with a 350-foot single down the right field line, scoring Dickerson and Culberson.
The bottom of the third didn’t see any runs from either side, but Nolan Arenado’s single to center field advanced his hitting streak to 21 games. Michael Cuddyer holds the club’s record with 27 games. The inning also advanced the number of fielding errors accumulated by the Mets this year after an error by Troy Tulowitzki, putting it at 13.
In the fourth the Rockies saw its next big inning. Wilin Rosario started it with a walk, followed by a bunt to first by Dickerson. A throwing error would advance the runners, putting two in scoring position. Nicasio earned his third RBI after hitting a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Rosario. The bats kept heating up as Charlie Blackman singled to right and Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to right, giving Colorado a 6-0 lead.
The final run scored by the Rockies came in the fifth with a Dickerson triple to right field. Jeurys Familia replaced Colon on the mound and the Rockies would not see another run on the night.
New York finally managed to score runs in the final two innings, but it was too late as it could not manage to catch up to the Rockies. Bobby Abreu walked in the eighth and later crossed the plate after a double to center by Juan Lagares. The ninth saw the Mets’ greatest effort to make a comeback. New York’s ninth inning hits resembled Colorado’s, as plenty made its way to right field. Young and Granderson each earned singles, followed by a Travis d’Arnaud home run to decrease the deficit.
This is all the Mets would see the remainder of the game, giving the Rockies a three-run victory. Colorado advances to 17-13 on the season as the Mets fall to 15-12. Each team is currently ranking third in its division. Game two of the four-game series will be played Friday night at Coors Field.