Sunday, April 29, 2012

Post Game: New York Mets Top Colorado Rockies 6-5

The New York Mets (13-9) topped the Colorado Rockies (10-11) this afternoon 6-5 behind a superb start from Johan Santana and a breakout performance from Ike Davis.

Johan Santana (ND, 2.25 ERA) finally received the first support that he's had all year with the Mets jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the ageless wonder Jamie Moyer in the first, and Santana took full advantage of the lead. Santana pitched 6 brilliant innings but threw a lot of pitches in the process of striking out 5. Santana allowed only 2 hits in his start but was unable to secure his first win of the year because of a faulty effort from the bullpen. Jon Rauch and Tim Byrdak combined to allow 4 runs through an inning of work, with Rauch allowing 3 base runners before Byrdak allowed a pinch-hit grand slam off the bat off Todd Helton to tie the game 4-4.

The Mets would regain the lead 5-4 on a go ahead single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the top of the 10th inning, but Frank Francisco blew his first save of the year after Carlos Gonzalez hit a scorching line drive out to right field that just cleared the wall with one out in the 10th. Francisco allowed the winning run to reach 2nd before finishing the inning unscathed.

Ramon Ramirez (S, 1) secured his first save as a New York Met in the 11th after the Mets jumped out to a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th. David Wright lead off the inning and drove a ball up the middle for a base hit, which Lucas Duda followed with a base hit of his own. Wright's superb base running put him in position to go 1st-to-3rd on the ball hit to CF, which set up Wright to trot in when Ike Davis chopped a ball through the left side of the infield for his 3rd hit of the night which ended up being the difference maker in the game.

The New York Mets will now embark on a long stretch of road games, as 18 of the next 25 will be played away from Citi Field. They'll head to Houston tomorrow night, facing a team that has lost 6 consecutive series in a row. The Mets record of 13-9 ties their high water mark for the season of 4 games over .500, which is the highest since they jumped out of the gate 4-0.

Boiling Points:

  • David Wright went 2-3 with a 2-RBI double and 3 walks during the twilight affair, raising his average to .397 and truly carrying the team on his back. The gutsy 1st-to-3rd move was a true sign of encouragement and Wright's enthusiasm shined through. He was already the undisputed leader of the club, but his performance this season has been a spectacle.
  • Ike Davis broke out and almost hit his way off the interstate this afternoon, collecting 3 hits including the go-ahead RBI single to raise his average to .169. Davis has been making much better contact and seems to be stepping back into a positive stride.
  • Ruben Tejada collected 3 more hits to bring his series final up to 10. Tejada entered the series on a skid and completely broke out, raising his average to an impressive .310.
  • The top of the order (Nieuwenhuis, Tejada and Murphy) once again proved to be the spark the Mets needed, collecting 8 more hits tonight. The top 4 hitters in the Mets order, Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Murphy and Wright are all hitting over .300.