The Mets and Rockies waited a long time for this game to start after getting rained out yesterday and rain delayed this afternoon. As bad as the Mets' B-lineup looked on paper, they had no problem scoring runs off Ubaldo Jimenez, who did a fantastic impression of Oliver Perez by walking six Mets, including Jon Niese twice, through only 3.2 innings of work.
Carlos Beltran got things started for the Mets with a two-run bomb to center field, and after they went down rather quietly in the second and third, they broke out for three mor runs in the fourth inning. Josh Thole knocked in their third run of the day on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and shortly thereafter, the bases were loaded again for Jose Reyes, who drilled a two-run single.
In the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran hit another two-run home run, this time batting right-handed. While the Mets had been scoring all of those runs, Jon Niese was pitching pretty well. Through six innings, he had only allowed a pair of relatively harmless solo home runs.
The bottom of the seventh did not go so well. After allowing three straight hits and a run to score, Niese was pulled in favor of Mike O'Connor, who wound up allowing a long double to Seth Smith. The Rockies had pulled within two runs of the Mets, and all five of their runs were charged to Niese. Taylor Buchholz wound up saving the day, coming in to face Troy Tulowitzki, the Mets killer who was the go-ahead run at the plate, and getting him to fly out to left field.
After Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless but very shaky eighth inning, the Mets added some insurance in the top of the ninth. How'd they do that? Just another two-run home run by Carlos Beltran that he practically golfed from below his knees and drove well into the seats in right-center field.
Francisco Rodriguez threw his third straight 1-2-3 inning to close out the game, and the Mets took the series from the Rockies.
The Mets play in Houston tomorrow, and all that really matters is that Carlos Beltran will be there.
Carlos Beltran is awesome.
Big winners: Carlos Beltran, +28.5% WPA
Big losers: Mike O'Connor, -11.8% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Carlos Beltran home run in the first, +15.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Seth Smith double in the seventh, -14.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +22.1% WPA
Total batter WPA: +27.9% WPA
GWRBI!: Carlos Beltran
Nice job by sp0rtsfan86; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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