On a day the Mets got some devastating news about the health of Lucas Duda, the Zen presence of Bartolo Colon once again calmed everyone’s fears. Colon pitched seven mainly uneventful innings, allowing five singles and a bare first inning run.
For their part, the Mets battered erstwhile Met-killer Gio Gonzalez to the tune of ten hits, three homers and seven earned runs over the space of five innings. David Wright continued his personal renaissance with a shot that gave the Mets an early 3-1 lead, following a plunked Curtis Granderson and a single by Juan Lagares. Actually, it was singles night in Washington. Yoenis Cespedes followed Wright’s smash with a base hit. Neil Walker did the same and so did Asdrubal Cabrera for an RBI. Eric Campbell capped the five-run inning with a sacrifice fly. The Mets scored two runs in a more familiar way in the fifth, with back-to-back home runs by Cespedes and Walker. It’s worth noting that coming into tonight’s game, Gonzalez had not had a multi-homer-allowed game in 44 straight starts.
Colon cruised from there, though it wouldn’t be a true Colon start without some comedy. In the sixth, he allowed a two-out single — what else? — to Ryan Zimmerman, then forgot that Zimmerman was in fact on base and went into a full windup, allowing Zimmerman to cruise into second with an unlikely stolen base. Jerry Blevins and Logan Verrett finished up this rocking chair win.
Never has the following phrase been so fraught with portent and uncertainty: tomorrow is Harvey Day…