One night after a flat offensive performance, the Mets scored runs in the sixth and seventh innings to break a tie and emerge with a 5-3 win over the Rockies Saturday night at Citi Field.
Perhaps the best thing that happened in this game was being more aggressive with the good pitchers. Much like with Jacob deGrom the night before, Steven Matz was sent out to the mound in the sixth inning despite already having thrown 100 pitches. Matz got through the sixth unscathed and earned the Win for his troubles. He finished the game with 10 Ks and 120 pitches.
Seth Lugo had an easy time in the seventh inning and was sent back for the eighth. He retired all six batters he faced, with three strikeouts. Edwin Diaz allowed a baserunner in the ninth but kept the Rockies off the board for his 14th Save of the season.
Carlos Gomez had a two-run homer and Pete Alonso added a solo shot. Todd Frazier had a walk and two hits, including an RBI single. He also added a nice barehand play in the field, which helped make up for his earlier throwing error.
It was not the best game for the home plate umpire, who seemingly missed more calls than normal, including a terrible strike three call to Amed Rosario. Mickey Callaway was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and it’s possible that some of the ugly swings the Mets had in this game were due to the rotten umpiring. Bring on the automated strike zone.