The Mets were unable to recover from another first inning deficit, as they fell to the Colorado Rockies 8-7.
Maybe it was the negative aura of the designation for assignment of Matt Harvey still in the air, or maybe it just wasn’t Zach Wheeler’s day on the mound as he gave up 5 first inning runs to begin the game. These hits were all hard hit, with Wheeler looking destined for a short start like Jason Vargas yesterday. Wheeler was able to settle down though, and ended up throwing six innings. Over those six innings, he eventually would give up an additional two runs for a final line of eight earned runs, three walks, and two home runs given up. After a promising start in his last outing, this start should be considered a major step backwards for Wheeler. My Gut Reaction is that Wheeler will take this game as a learning experience, and will go out in his next start and pitch like the third arm that the Mets need him to be.
The bats of the Mets were more awake than their previous two games. The Mets registered nine hits on the night, including two two-run home runs. The first was struck by Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the first, with Brandon Nimmo on first following a leadoff single. The second was delivered in the bottom of the eighth inning off of the bat of Todd Frazier. After Yoenis Cespedes drew a walk to lead the inning off, Frazier blasted a shot off of the face of the second deck in left field.
A rally was started in the bottom of the ninth by Wilmer Flores, who doubled to lead off the inning. He was driven in by Amed Rosario in the following at bat, as the shortstop laced a single up the middle to make the score 8-5. The Rockies then decided to put Wade Davis in, much to the liking of Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera tripled to drive in Rosario and make it an 8-6 game.
After striking out Cespedes and walking Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier came to the plate with two away and runners on the corners. Frazier delivered by lining a single to score Cabrera. Michael Conforto came to the plate then with Frazier having after stealing second base. Conforto struck out swinging, which gave him an 0-5 day at the plate.
Despite the loss, this was a huge game for the Mets after being shut out the past two games. Their three run ninth inning gave the feeling to Mets fans that this team still has life.
This was the fourth consecutive loss for the Mets, and it drops their record on the season to 17-13, and 7-8 at home. Tomorrow at 7:10 PM, the Mets will be back at Citi Field again to take on the Rockies. Steven Matz will try to get back to winning ways on the mound against Chad Bettis.