The New York Mets allowed a total of 4 runs against the Miami Marlins in their sweep of the floundering fish this week. Tonight, the club multiplied that 4-run total by 4 and added 3, just for good measure.
The New York Mets (11-9) dropped the series opener against the Colorado Rockies (10-9) 19-8 tonight behind atrocious pitching and a few defensive mishaps. After the Mets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, Chris Schwinden quickly surrendered 2 runs to put the Mets behind. The Mets would jump ahead 6-2 following an energetic top of the 5th inning, but the wheels fell off for Schwinden, Manny Acosta and the New York Mets in the bottom of the 5th.
15 Colorado Rockies made plate appearances in the bottom half of the 5th inning and 11 came around to score. Both Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler connected with 3-run bombs that helped to break the game open, with Fowler flipping his bat as an exclamation point. Ultimately, Schwinden allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, in 4 innings of work before handing the ball over to Manny Acosta. Acosta could only wish his line read similar to Schwinden's, as he was hammered for 7 runs, 4 earned, in 1/3 of an inning. Ramon Ramirez allowed 4 runs, none of them earned, and Bobby Parnell allowed a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th to Ramon Hernandez that put the exclamation point on the Rockies night.
The Mets offense continued to show encouraging signs coming off of their walk-off victory last night, especially as Scott Hairston achieved a major milestone in becoming only the 10th Met to hit for the cycle in franchise history. Hairston drove in 4 on the night after struggling heading into the night and was the first Met to hit for the cycle since Jose Reyes did so in 2006.
Ruben Tejada collected 4 hits on the evening and joined Scott Hairston, Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas in having multi-hit nights.
The Mets will look to avoid a series defeat tomorrow evening at 8:10 PM ET in Colorado as Dillon Gee will look to rebound from a horrific outing in one of the best hitters environments in baseball.