The Mets succumbed to the curse of the double header and couldn’t finish the sweep of the Rockies. Jonathon Niese started off well, pitching five solid innings before allowing a run in the sixth. The Mets held the Rockies to 27 2/3 scoreless innings.
It really fell apart in the seventh as Niese weakened visibly, allowing a two-run home run to Clint Barmes. He then allowed a double. With one out in the inning, Brian Stokes came into the game and gave up an uncharacteristic triple to Troy Tulowitzki for the fourth run. That would be all the Rockies would need as the Mets offense wasn’t as potent as it had been the rest of the series.
The Mets had a chance to take the lead in the first inning after Angel Pagan started off with a leadoff double. Pagan then stole third. Luis Castillo walked, but David Wright struck out. With Jeff Francoeur at the plate, Pagan was caught trying to steal home.
They scored their first run in the fourth inning after Wright hit a double, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Francoeur. They would not score another run until Fernando Tatis’s solo shot in the seventh inning. It was his second home run of the series, including the grand slam. Tatis also made an amazing catch in the top of the seventh to save a run for Niese.
So, the Mets lost the game, but they won the series. They are now six games out of the Wild Card race. After facing two red-hot teams in a row, they’ll now take on the rather cool Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Hopefully, they’ll be able to make up more ground in the next two series. Livan Hernandez pitches Friday night.