Showing posts with label Rockies at Mets. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 112 - Rockies (1) at Mets (2) - Mets Scratch Out Sweep of Rockies


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W: D. Gee (8-8) L: J. Manship (0-1) S: L. Hawkins (2)
HR: COL - C. Dickerson (2)   NYM - None

Recap:

Dillon Gee pitched 7 2/3 strong innings as the New York Mets completed a three-game series sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 2-1 win at Citi Field.

Gee (8-8) allowed just one run on eight hits, striking out three without a walk, as the Mets went 4-2 during a six-game homestand and recorded a three- game sweep at home for the first time this season.

Rookie Wilmer Flores and Anthony Recker each drove in a run for New York, which won despite being outhit by the Rockies, 8-6.

"We didn't knock the ball all over the ballpark, but it shows you can win games doing the little things," said New York manager Terry Collins.

Flores now has four RBI in his first three games. He had a three-run double in Wednesday's 5-0 win over Colorado after going 0-for-4 in his major league debut in the series opener on Tuesday.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits for the Rockies, who ended a 10-game road trip just 1-9. Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer to account for the only run, one of three for the Rox in the series.

Colorado starter Jeff Manship (0-1) suffered the loss in his debut with the club, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three, in five innings.

The right-hander spent the entire season in Triple-A Colorado Springs, but was called up when scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation prior to the game.

Dickerson started the scoring with a homer to lead off the fourth inning, but the Mets responded with a pair of runs off Manship in the home half. With the bases loaded and no outs, Flores' groundout to second scored the first run and Recker followed with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

New York could've had a chance to add more, but, after Omar Quintanilla drew a free pass, Ike Davis got caught too far off third base after an infield single by Gee and was tagged out to end the inning.

The Rockies threatened in the eighth, but didn't break through. Gee was pulled after a two-out single by LeMahieu in favor of Scott Rice to face the lefty hitting Dickerson. However, Colorado countered with pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, whom Rice walked on four pitches. Reliever David Aardsma then came on and got Michael Cuddyer to fly out to left to end the frame.

Colorado also stranded a pair of runners in the first inning as well.

"I thought he pitched very effectively after the first inning," said Collins of Gee. "Once the game went on he got better."

LaTroy Hawkins worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets embark on an 11-game, four-city road trip starting on Friday in Arizona ... Manship last pitched in the majors last season as a member of the Twins. This was his seventh career start and 42nd career appearance ... Gee has pitched into the seventh inning in seven straight starts, the longest such streak of his career and longest for a Met this season ... New York starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or less in 10 straight games ... Juan Lagares stole his fourth base of the season.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 112


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 112

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Ike Davis, 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  7. Anthony Recker, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Dillon Gee, RHP

Preview: Game 112 - Rockies at Mets - Manship vs Gee


Colorado Rockies (52-63) at New York Mets (51-60) 12:10 PM ET

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J. Manship (R) 0 0-0 0.004.10-00.003/23--ND0.0000-00.00.00
D. Gee (R) 22 7-8 3.976.03-32.348/2KCND7.0310-121.02.14

Preview:

Matt Harvey continues to give the New York Mets hope for the future.

Dillon Gee's recent success may be adding to it.

Gee looks to continue his home dominance and help the Mets complete their first series sweep of the Colorado Rockies in over five years Thursday.

New York (51-60) hasn't reached the postseason since 2006 and has finished with a losing record in each of the past four years.

While at least the playoff drought is likely to continue, the Mets are feeling much better about their future thanks in large part to Harvey, who is second in the majors with a 2.09 ERA and leads the NL with 178 strikeouts.

The 24-year-old right-hander only added to his resume Wednesday, when he tossed a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado (52-63) for his first career complete game.

Gee (7-8, 3.97 ERA) gets the ball next as the Mets attempt to complete their first sweep of the Rockies since July 11-13, 2008, at Shea Stadium.

Gee has been superb at Citi Field of late, going 2-0 with a 1.34 ERA in his last five starts. However, some help from his teammates could've made his record much more flattering.

The right-hander has compiled a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts at home, but he doesn't have a decision since the team has backed him with five runs and the bullpen has been shaky.

The relievers let Gee down Friday, when he yielded one run and three hits in seven innings before Eric Young's two-run, walkoff homer salvaged a 4-2 win in 11 over Kansas City.

Happy Recap: Game 111 - Rockies (0) at Mets (5) - The Future is Now - Harvey Pitches First Complete Game Shut-Out, Flores Gets First MLB Hit - Drives in Three


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W: M. Harvey (9-3) L: J. Chacin (10-6)
HR: COL - None   NYM - None

Recap:

Matt Harvey continued his impressive season on Wednesday by tossing his first career complete game shut-out.

Harvey gave up just four hits and struck out six in the New York Mets' 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies in the middle test of a three-game series.

For the 24-year-old Harvey (9-3), it's the second time he's pitched nine innings this season. The other occurrence was on May 7 against the White Sox, but that game went into extra innings. The Mets' ace has allowed three runs or less in all but three of his starts this season.

Wilmer Flores, in his second career game, went 2-for-4 with a three-run double while John Buck and Omar Quintanilla drove in a run apiece for the Mets.

Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (10-6) gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings.

The Rockies are on a four-game losing streak.

In the second, Flores, Buck and Quintanilla hit consecutive one-out singles, the last of which drove in a run. The Mets had a chance to score more, but Harvey grounded into a double play.

Two innings later, Buck delivered a two-out RBI single to right.

After that, it was Harvey's show. Following a two-out single to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth, Harvey retired the next 11 batters before giving up a one-out infield single to Nolan Arenado in the eighth. DJ LeMahieu grounded into a double play on the next at-bat.

In the bottom of the eighth, Juan Lagares was walked with one out. Two batters later, Marlon Byrd hit a two-out ground-rule double and Ike Davis was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Flores cleared them with a double down the left field line.

In the ninth, Charlie Blackmon hit Harvey in the knee with a two-out line drive and advanced to second on a fielder's indifference. Harvey finished the job by getting Troy Tulowtizki to pop out.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, the Rockies placed Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained joint of the right middle finger and recalled pitcher Jeff Francis from Triple-A Colorado Springs ... Chacin has a 1.80 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Mets. He also holds a 1.87 road ERA this season ... Harvey has a 0.981 career WHIP over 33 starts. He also has 178 strikeouts, most in the National League ... Colorado's Tyler Chatwood was scheduled to face New York's Dillon Gee in Thursday's series finale but will miss it after experiencing right elbow inflammation.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 111


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 111

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Juan Lagares, cf
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Preview: Game 111 - Rockies at Mets - Chacin vs Harvey


Colorado Rockies (52-62) at New York Mets (50-60) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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J. Chacin (R) 21 10-5 3.405.24-21.788/2@PITW8.0611-122.02.86
M. Harvey (R) 22 8-3 2.216.13-22.038/1@MIAL5.2531-120.21.31

Preview:

Matt Harvey and Jhoulys Chacin have shown this season that they have the stuff to be top-of-the rotation hurlers. The two young right- handers square off on Wednesday night as the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies continue a three-game set.

The 24-year-old Harvey is 8-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 22 starts this season for New York, but has lost two of his past three decisions. The Mets have also wasted a number of his solid performances and have managed just one run in his last two outings.

Harvey did not get a decision in a 2-1 setback at Washington on July 26 despite giving up just one unearned run over eight innings. He then picked up a 3-0 loss in Miami on Thursday, giving up just one hit through the first five innings before yielding three runs in the sixth. He recorded two outs in the frame before his exit and fanned eight in all.

"My job is to go out and put up zeroes, and obviously I didn't do that today," Harvey said. "I'm not happy about it."

Harvey faced the Rockies once during the 2012 season and did not get a decision at home on Aug. 22, allowing a run over six innings and striking out nine.

Chacin counters for the Rockies having gone 7-2 with a 2.24 ERA over his last 10 starts. He gutted out an eight-inning victory in Pittsburgh on Friday, retiring the last 14 batters faced despite taking a liner off his forearm in the fifth inning.

The 25-year-old yielded just a run on six hits and fanned three without a walk.

"We gave him the responsibility of being a top-of-the-rotation guy, and he's taken it and has run with it," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said on his team's website. "He took a bullet off the forearm. That thing hit him square, and I thought he might be done after the fifth. He goes out there and gives us three more innings."

Happy Recap: Game 110 - Rockies (2) at Mets (3) - Juan Lagares drives in all three runs


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W: S. Atchison (2-0) L: W. Lopez (1-4) S: L. Hawkins (1)
HR: COL - C. Blackmon (2)   NYM - None

Recap:

Eric Young scored from second on an infield single by Juan Lagares in the eighth inning, as the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Lagares finished 2-for-4 and drove in all three runs for the Mets, who ended a two-game slide and won for the second time in six games.

With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth, Eric Young led off the inning against Wilton Lopez with a single. He moved to second on a one-out fly out by Marlon Byrd and, after Ike Davis was intentionally walked, he scored when Lagares legged out a slow roller to second. Young never stopped as he rounded third. Colorado first baseman Todd Helton threw home but Young slid in before the tag.

LaTroy Hawkins then came on and worked out of trouble in the ninth to earn his first save of the season and just his third save since recording 11 for the Houston Astros in 2009.

Colorado put runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Davis made a diving catch in foul territory off the bat of pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to end the game.

Hawkins was forced into the closer roll after New York placed regular closer Bobby Parnell on the 15-day DL with a herniated disc in his neck earlier in the day.

Charlie Blackmon hit a pinch-hit home run and Nolan Arenado drove in a run for the Rockies, who have lost three straight and seven of eight during their current 10-game road trip.

Lopez (1-4) was hit with the loss, yielding the one run in two innings of work.

New York reliever Scott Atchison (2-0) got the win, tossing one perfect inning.

Lagares started the scoring for the Mets in the first inning with a two-run triple that chased home Byrd and Davis.

New York starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia cruised through the first four innings, but Colorado got a run in the fifth on a sac fly by Arenado and then tied it in the sixth when Blackmon hit a pinch-hit solo homer.

Blackmon's homer came on an 0-2 pitch and happened after a 17-minute delay caused when Blackmon fouled off a bunt attempt that bounced back and hit home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez under the facemask and on the chin. Gonzalez was forced to leave the game and second base umpire Larry Vanover moved behind the plate after taking time to go to the locker room and change.

Mejia continued to struggle to find his groove after the delay, eventually loading the bases with one out before being relieved by Carlos Torres, who got Wilin Rosario to fly out to shallow center and then retired Helton when Young made a diving catch in left to end the threat.

Mejia was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on four hits, matching a career high with seven strikeouts and in 5 1/3 innings.

Colorado starter Chad Bettis also received a no-decision, yielding two runs on four hits in five frames. He struck out two and walked one, working on just three days' rest due to a hamstring injury to starter Tyler Chatwood, whose turn it was in the rotation but he has been skipped indefinitely to get extra rest.

Game Notes

Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez did not start the game due to a finger injury ... Wilmer Flores made his debut with the club, going 0-for-4 and starting at third base in place of the injured David Wright ... Flores celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday ... Flores was leading the Pacific Coast League with 86 RBI while batting .321 with 15 home runs in 107 games with Las Vegas prior to his call up ... New York made room for Flores on the roster by placing Parnell on the 15-day DL prior to the game.

Box Score:

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 110


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 110

  1. Eric Young Jr. - LF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd - RF
  4. Ike Davis - 1B
  5. Juan Lagares - CF
  6. Wilmer Flores - 3B
  7. John Buck - C
  8. Omar Quintanilla - SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia - RHP

Preview: Game 110 - Rockies at Mets - Chatwood vs Mejia


Colorado Rockies (52-61) at New York Mets (49-60) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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T. Chatwood (R) 15 7-4 3.155.03-32.777/31@ATLL2.11072-115.15.87
J. Mejia (R) 2 1-1 2.084.20-00.007/31@MIAL6.0631-113.02.08

Preview:

The New York Mets have struggled to score as their slump has deepened over the past two weeks. The Colorado Rockies have had even bigger problems of late, pairing a similar lack of hitting with ineffective pitching.

These teams open a three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday night in a matchup of scuffling clubs that have fallen toward the bottom of their respective divisions.

New York (49-60) has totaled 11 runs while losing four of five and has scored 13 times in its past nine defeats. The Mets have dropped seven of 10 after a 6-2 loss to red-hot Kansas City on Sunday.

Center fielder Marlon Byrd misplayed two flyballs and New York committed two errors, while Zack Wheeler wasn't at his best in allowing four runs -- three earned -- in five innings. The Mets -- missing recently injured slugger David Wright -- managed eight hits, the eighth time in 10 contests they were held to single digits.

New York could move second baseman Daniel Murphy back to third to fill Wright's spot. Murphy, though, struggled in the field when he was being moved from position to position before settling in at second.

"He's played over there enough in the past that I don't think that's going to be a huge transition," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website Sunday. "It's just that that ball gets to you a lot faster, too."

Friday, August 24, 2012

Recap: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - McHugh gives them a chance, But Mets Still Lose


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: R. Brothers (8-2) L: B. Parnell (2-3)
S: M. Belisle (1)
HR: COL - None   NYM - None

Recap:
Chris Nelson's RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 1-0 victory on Thursday.

Rex Brothers (8-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, while Matt Belisle left the tying run on second in the ninth to secure his first save of the season for Colorado, which has won five straight overall.

Collin McHugh made his major league debut for New York and gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out nine over seven innings in a no-decision.

"I was really impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said about McHugh. "He did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Bobby Parnell (2-3) surrendered the game's lone run to take the loss for the Mets, who have dropped five straight.

The Rockies, who did not advance a runner past first base after stranding a man on third in the first inning, broke the scoreless tie in the eighth when Nelson followed Tyler Colvin's leadoff triple with a base hit up the middle.

Colvin said he was happy to see his triple get over the head of Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin to set up the lone run.

"I knew I hit it well and it had good backspin on it," Colvin said. "I saw him take a couple of steps in there and I knew I had him."

New York, meanwhile, squandered McHugh's impressive outing by leaving a runner on second base in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. The Mets hit 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base over that span.

The trend continued into the final two frames as Will Harris worked around a two-out double by Ruben Tejada in the eighth inning before Belisle stranded Justin Turner on second in the ninth by inducing a pair of fly outs by Daniel Murphy and David Wright.

Game Notes

McHugh got the start in place of Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with back problems that have been plaguing him all season ... Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits and walked three in a three- inning start for Colorado ... New York finished the game hitting 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base ... The Mets have been held to two runs or less in their last six games ... Colorado has won eight straight games at Citi Field dating back to April 11, 2011.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Preview: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - Collin McHugh's First MLB Start


Colorado Rockies (49-73) at New York Mets (57-67) 1:10 PM ET
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T. Chatwood (R) 4 3-3 5.465.11-14.918/18MIAL4.0962-115.04.20
C. Mchugh (-) 0 0-0 0.000.00-00.00---ND0.0000-00.00.00

Preview:
Rookie right-hander Collin McHugh makes his major-league debut with the New York Mets Thursday when they host the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The 25-year-old Georgia native gets the call in place of former ace lefty Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back problems that have been plaguing him all season.

An 18th-round pick of the Mets in the 2008 draft, McHugh spent his initial three pro seasons at Single-A before climbing the ladder to Double-A in 2011.

He's made 12 starts apiece this season at Double-A and Triple-A, combining to post a 2.88 earned run average with 132 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings.

In five seasons in the minors, he's struck out 520 batters in 521 innings.

McHugh is opposed by fellow youngster Tyler Chatwood, who makes his fifth start of the season and 30th in his career.

The 22-year-old was 6-11 in 27 appearances - 25 starts - with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season before he was sent to the Rockies in a November deal that sent Chris Ianetta to the Angels.

He began this season with seven straight relief appearances and was 1-2 with a save and a 7.62 ERA, but has since gone 2-2 in four starts.

He's defeated San Francisco and Milwaukee while allowing just two runs on seven hits in 11 innings, but lost decisions to the Giants and Miami while giving up 11 hits and nine runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Chatwood won his lone career meeting with the Mets after allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

On Wednesday, Wilin Rosario belted the tie-breaking solo home run in the seventh inning, as the Rockies continued their domination of the Mets with a 5-2 victory.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, who will aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon. Colorado, which has won four in a row and eight of its last 10 contests, has won seven road games against the Mets.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have been held to two runs or less in five consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Sept. 15-19, 2003.

"Each one of us is going out and taking our jobs seriously. We don't take it lightly," Hairston said. "We play our hearts out. Our best wasn't good enough today."

Colorado lost center fielder Dexter Fowler with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the fourth inning.

The Mets won two of three games from the Rockies in April in Denver, while the Rockies won five of seven between the teams in 2011.

Recap: Game 124 - Rockies at Mets - Mets Lose Another - 5-2


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: C. Torres (2-1) L: R. Ramirez (2-3)
S: R. Betancourt (25)
HR: COL - W. Rosario (20)   NYM - None

Recap:
Wilin Rosario belted the tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, as the Colorado Rockies continued their domination of the New York Mets with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, who will aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon. Colorado, which has won four in a row and eight of its last 10 contests, has won eight straight road games against the Mets.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have been held to two runs or less in five consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Sept. 15-19, 2003.

"Each one of us is going out and taking our jobs seriously. We don't take it lightly," Hairston said. "We play our hearts out. Our best wasn't good enough today."

Colorado lost center fielder Dexter Fowler with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the fourth inning.

Ruben Tejada doubled leading off the bottom of the first, With men on first and third and one out, Hairston lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.

Colorado didn't get its first hit until the fourth inning when Jonathan Herrera lined a leadoff single to left field.

Fowler then grounded a single into right field. The throw to first base went awry and Fowler cruised into second base. As he touched the base, Fowler's right foot bent awkwardly and he collapsed to the ground in pain, holding his ankle.

Fowler was helped off the field by two trainers and Jordan Pacheco entered as a pinch-runner.

Rosario's sacrifice fly to center field plated Herrera.

Ramon Ramirez (2-3) gave up Rosario's 20th homer of the year, a leadoff blast to left field. Colvin followed with a double and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on DJ LeMahieu's squeeze bunt that was overrun by Ramirez.

Hairston doubled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Davis greeted reliever Matt Reynolds with a line drive RBI single to right-center field.

In the ninth, Chris Nelson's soft liner to right field plate Colvin, and pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge added an RBI double into the right field corner, with both hits coming off Frank Francisco. After coming back to the dugout, a frustrated Francisco threw a water cooler to the ground.

Rafael Betancourt ran into trouble in the bottom half, but notched his 25th save of the year. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter singled with one out, and with two down pinch-hitter Justin Turner drew a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat. Betancourt then retired Ronny Cedeno on a fly ball to the edge of the warning track in left field.

Jeff Francis pitched the first five innings before yielding to Carlos Torres (2-1), who gave up one hit over 2 2/3 frames.

Mets starter Matt Harvey allowed three hits and had nine strikeouts over six innings.

"I feel like there's more I could have done and more I could have helped the team with," Harvey said. "Going eight innings and not giving up a run would have been nice."

Game Notes

New York has lost 14 of its last 16 home games ... The Mets are 10 games under .500 (57-67) for the first time since the end of the 2009 season ... Both teams announced roster moves prior to the game. The Mets placed Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list and announced the left-hander would not pitch again this season due to lower back inflammation ... The Rockies reinstated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the bereavement list and also optioned pitcher Guillermo Moscoso to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Preview: Game 124 - Rockies at Mets - Harvey tries to right the ship


Colorado Rockies (48-73) at New York Mets (57-66) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Francis (L) 15 4-4 6.075.22-15.098/17MIAND5.0541-014.16.28
M. Harvey (R) 5 2-3 3.006.00-13.008/16@CINW7.2411-218.23.86

Preview:
Rookie right-hander Matt Harvey aims for consecutive wins for the first time in a brief big-league career Wednesday when the New York Mets host the Colorado Rockies in the third test of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft, Harvey debuted this season with 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in a 3-1 defeat of Arizona on July 26 in Phoenix.

He subsequently lost three decisions in succession and allowed 14 hits and 10 runs in 17 innings against San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta.

Win No. 2 followed on Aug. 16 in Cincinnati, when he pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in an 8-4 defeat of the Reds.

In 30 innings, he's pitched to a 3.00 earned run average and struck out 34 batters while allowing an opposition batting average of .191.

The Rockies reply with 31-year-old lefty Jeff Francis, who starts for the sixth time against the Mets in his 197th major-league appearance.

Recap: Game 123 - Rockies at Mets - Mets Get Fowled Up 6-2


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: J. Chacin (1-3) L: C. Young (3-7)
HR: COL - None   NYM - None

Recap:
Dexter Fowler drove in a pair of runs as the Colorado Rockies took a 6-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of a four-game set.

Charlie Blackmon scored twice and drove in a run while Jonathan Herrera had an RBI and a run scored for the Rockies, who have won three straight.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-3) was activated from the disabled list before the game and got his first win of the year as he gave up just one run on four hits over six innings.

"The win came about thanks to the starting pitching we got tonight," said Colorado manager Jim Tracy. "It was so nice to see him back on the mound and pitch as well as he did."

Daniel Murphy and Andres Torres each drove in a run for the Mets, who have dropped six of their last eight. Chris Young (3-7) gave up four runs -- two earned -- on five hits with a walk over seven innings in the loss.

Young carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, but it then fell apart starting with a leadoff single by D.J. LeMahieu. Herrera followed with a single and Chacin laid down a bunt which Young fielded, but he threw it away and LeMahieu came home to tie the game.

It didn't stay tied long, though, as Blackmon dropped a bloop single to shallow left to plate Herrera. Two batters later, Fowler singled home another run and Ramon Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to open up a 4-1 lead.

"After he made the throwing error, they just kept pecking away at him," said Mets manager Terry Collins about Young. "They got some hits and ran the bases real well from then on."

The Mets almost got a run back in the bottom of the sixth as David Wright singled with Ruben Tejada on second, but Andrew Brown gunned down Tejada at home to end the inning.

New York did get one back in the seventh on a sac fly from Torres that scored Jordany Valdespin, who doubled and stole third, but Fowler answered in the eighth with an RBI single to score Blackmon, who doubled two batter prior, for a 5-2 game.

Brown doubled to start the ninth and moved to third on a sac bunt from LeMahieu. Herrera then hit a grounder to first and Brown was caught in a run- down between third and home, but no one was covering the plate on Wright's throw back to home and it was a 6-2 game.

Rex Brothers set the Mets down quietly in the ninth to end the game.

The Mets got the first run of the game in the fourth inning when Murphy's sacrifice fly scored Tejada.

Game Notes

Collins was ejected in the fifth inning after arguing a run-down call ... Chacin had been out since early May with right shoulder inflammation. The team also placed outfielder Eric Young Jr. on the 15-day disabled list for a left intercostals muscle strain ... Colorado has won three of the five games against New York this season ... On Monday, the Mets recalled pitcher Robert Carson from Triple-A Buffalo and placed pitcher Jeremy Hefner on the paternity leave list.

Box Score:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Preview: Game 123 - Rockies at Mets - Chacin vs Young


Colorado Rockies (47-73) at New York Mets (57-65) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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J. Chacin (R) 5 0-3 7.306.00-16.005/1LADL4.21170-216.28.10
C. Young (R) 13 3-6 4.505.10-34.888/14@CINND5.2801-117.04.24

Preview:
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin returns to the majors for the first time since May when the Colorado Rockies visit the New York Mets in the second of four games at Citi Field.

A 24-year-old Venezuelan, Chacin was 0-3 in five starts to begin the season before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on May 2.

The DL trip came a day after Chacin's third loss, in which he was roughed up for 11 hits and seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings of a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles.

In 24 2/3 innings across five outings, he's allowed 20 runs on 31 hits and walked 15 batters, while surrendering a .304 opposition batting average.

Chacin was an 11-game winner in 31 starts last season and allowed a .231 average.

He's posted a 1.29 earned run average in seven innings against the Mets over two career appearances.

New York starts Chris Young, a 33-year-old with just one win since late June.

The Texas-born right-hander was 2-1 on the season after defeating Los Angeles, 3-2, on June 28, but has since dropped five of six decisions while watching his ERA swell from 3.30 to 4.50.

He tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a tough-luck no-decision against Cincinnati on Aug. 14, in a game the Reds won, 3-0.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Recap: Game 122 - Rockies at Mets - Rockies get passed Mets 3-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Recap:
Jonathan Herrera scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning on a passed ball as the Colorado Rockies downed the New York Mets, 3-1, in the opener of a four-game set.

Herrera reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Josh Edgin's (1-1) throwing error to first. He scampered to third on Chris Nelson's sacrifice bunt and scored when Kelly Shoppach was unable to hang onto an Edgin slider.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the home half. Jordany Valdespin bounced one down the first-base line, but Tyler Colvin made a backhanded stab and flipped to the covering Matt Belisle, who just got to the bag in time to nab the sliding Valdespin.

Colorado added an insurance run in the ninth on Ramon Hernandez's RBI single to left field and Rafael Betancourt tossed a scoreless home half to notch his 24th save of the season.

Colvin smacked a solo homer, while Rex Brothers (7-2) struck out two over 1 1/3 scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Alex White started the game for Colorado and allowed a run on three hits and two walks in four innings.

R.A. Dickey fanned six and surrendered a run on three hits and two walks in seven innings for the Mets, who have lost five of their last seven games. With a no decision, Dickey still has 15 wins on the year, one behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto and Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the National League lead.

Daniel Murphy lined a two-out RBI single in the opening frame before Colvin crushed a homer to right field in the fifth to knot the contest at 1-1.

Game Notes

The Mets were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base, while Colorado finished 1-for-5 with RISP and stranded five ... Colvin's homer was his 14th of the year.

Box Score:

Preview: Game 122 - Rockies at Mets - Dickey tries for number 16 again


Colorado Rockies (46-73) at New York Mets (57-64) 7:10 PM ET
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A. White (R) 14 2-6 5.745.01-36.978/16MIAND4.0320-012.03.75
R. Dickey (R) 24 15-4 2.896.07-12.668/15@CINL6.01051-222.03.27

Preview:
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey comes back off a loss for just the fourth time this season tonight when the New York Mets host the Colorado Rockies in the first of four games at Citi Field.

The 37-year-old Tennessee native has won 15 of 19 decisions in 2012, but was beaten, 6-1, by the Cincinnati Reds in his most recent outing on Aug. 15 after allowing 10 hits and five runs in six innings.

He's unbeaten in three previous starts coming off losses, combining to allow 12 hits and three runs in 23 innings.

A seven-time winner in eight decisions across 12 home appearances in 2012, Dickey has held opponents to a .203 batting average in New York while striking out 81 batters in 81 1/3 innings.

He dropped his lone career decision against Colorado.

The Rockies start righty Alex White, who turns 24 at the end of the month and faces the Mets for the first time in his 25th big-league start.

He debuted with Colorado by making three starts in 2010 and made seven more last season before becoming a more regular fixture in the rotation across 14 starts in 2012.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 13 - Rockies vs Mets (Game 2 DH)


Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop in 2007.
Final Score: Colorado 9, New York 4

Jonathan Herrera hit a three-run homer during a six-run sixth inning, as the Colorado Rockies completed their first ever four-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 9-4 win in the conclusion of a doubleheader.

In the opener of the twinbill, which was made necessary due to Tuesday's rainout, Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 with a solo shot in a 6-5 win.

The second contest featured Tulowitzki homering for a fourth straight game, while Dexter Fowler was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Rockies, who have won six straight to improve to 10-2.

Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) went 6 2/3 innings to get the win. He gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Jose Reyes and Mike Nickeas both drove in two runs for the Mets, who have dropped five in a row and eight of nine. Chris Capuano (1-1) was tagged for seven runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, and fanned five.

The Mets were holding a 4-2 lead going into the sixth inning, but the Rockies surged ahead in the frame.

Tulowitzki led off the frame by ripping the first pitch he saw over the left field wall. Later in the frame with the bases loaded and one out, De La Rosa hit a grounder to second that had the potential to be a double play, but Brad Emaus bobbled the ball and was only able to get the force at second with the tying run coming home. Fowler then singled home the go-ahead run and Taylor Buchholz took over on the mound.

After a passed ball moved the batters up a base, Herrera deposited a pitch over the right field wall for his first home run of the season and an 8-4 lead.

Ty Wigginton's RBI single in the ninth scored Gonzalez for a 9-4 lead.

After the fourth inning, the Mets only got one runner to third base the rest of the game with Felipe Paulino working the ninth to close the series sweep.

Nickeas hit a two-run double in the second to give the Mets a 2-0 lead, but Colorado countered in the third on an RBI single from Fowler and a fielder's choice grounder that plated a run from Gonzalez to tie the game.

Reyes' two-run single with two outs in the fourth gave the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Game Notes

Tulowitzki leads the majors in homers this season with seven homers...The Mets open a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday...Colorado heads home to face the Cubs for a three-game set beginning on Friday...These teams split six games last season.

Box Score: Click here
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Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 12 - Rockies vs Mets (Game 1 DH)


DENVER, CO - APRIL 01:  Relief pitcher Matt Li...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Final Score: Colorado 6, New York 5

Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, as the Colorado Rockies held on for a 6-5 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a doubleheader at Citi Field.

Jose Morales added a two-run double for Colorado, which has taken the first three in the four-game series and will go for its first-ever four-game sweep against the Mets in Game 2. The twinbill was made necessary due to Tuesday's rainout.

The Rockies have won five straight overall and improved to 9-2 on the young season.

Greg Reynolds (1-0) went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks, and struck out a batter. Matt Lindstrom took over for a struggling Huston Street in the ninth and picked up his second save of the season.

Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer in the ninth and knocked in three for the Mets, who have dropped four straight and seven of eight. Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double and solo homer in defeat.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 11 - Rockies at Mets


Citi Field at NightImage via Wikipedia
Colorado Rockies (7-2) at New York Mets (4-6), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Esmil Rogers (1-0, 1.23) New York - Jon Niese (0-1, 6.55)

Perhaps a rain delay was the only thing that could cool down the Colorado Rockies. The New York Mets certainly hope so.

After last night's postponement, the Rockies take aim at a fourth straight victory and their best 10-game start to a season in franchise history this evening at Citi Field.

The Rockies won the opener of this series on Monday by a 7-6 margin, going ahead for good on Troy Tulowitzki's two-run homer in the eighth inning. It came right after Carlos Gonzalez plated a run on a fielder's choice grounder, and the three runs were big after New York came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame on David Wright's homer and an RBI single by Ike Davis.

"We did a good job of staying in the ballgame, keeping it close. When we had our chance to take over we did," said Tulowitzki, who along with Gonzalez finished with three RBI.

This game will stay a four-game series despite last night's postponement, with the two clubs set to play a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday. The first game will start at 12:10 p.m.

Monday's win improved Colorado to 7-2, matching the 1995 and '97 clubs for the best start in club history. Both of those previous teams lost their 10th game of the season.

Colorado's Esmil Rogers and Jon Niese of New York were set to start last night's game, but both will instead go tonight.

Rogers was excellent in his season debut in Pittsburgh last Thursday. He gave up just a run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings to get the win, striking out seven and retiring 18 in a row at one point in just his 10th big league start.

"I felt great with all of my pitches," said the right-handed Rogers.

The 25-year-old has never started against the Mets, but has faced them twice in relief. He has given up a run and two hits over three innings in that span.

With the Mets having lost five of six, they will hope that Niese can put a horrid outing last time out behind him.

The 24-year-old southpaw was decent in his season debut on April 2 in which he held the Marlins to a pair of runs over seven innings of a no-decision, but he was then tagged for six runs on eight hits over four innings of an 11-0 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Niese, whose earned run average ballooned to 6.55, has never beaten the Rockies, going 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.

These two clubs split their six meetings a season ago, with the Mets winning two of three at home.
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