The Mets’ starter was once again jumped on early, as the Rockies tagged Zack Wheeler for five runs in the first inning at Citi Field. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run homer in the bottom of the first inning represented the only runs the Mets managed against German Márquez. Todd Frazier contributed another two-run homer in the 8th inning off Chris Rusin.
Wheeler did manage to pitch into the seventh inning, but was forced to exit after surrendering a single and a walk to lead off that inning. Seth Lugo would allow one of those inherited runners to score, cementing Wheeler’s ugly line: 8 runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, three walks, and three strikeouts over 6+ innings.
Lugo finished out the game for the Mets, holding the Rockies at eight runs and throwing three strong innings in relief, striking out three, making his case to potentially join a beleaguered rotation.
The Mets attempted some ninth inning heroics, scoring three runs off Jake McGee and Rockies’ closer Wade Davis, but fell just short with the game ending on Michael Conforto’s fourth strikeout of the night.
Jay Bruce made his first start at first base for the Mets, looking pretty good defensively, and even making a nice diving stop on a shot by Tony Wolters to rob him of a hit.
Full recap to follow.
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