While the first game of the Mets’ and Rockies’ doubleheader in the mountains went to the Mets, by way of some late heroics by Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor, game two was far less kind to them, as they dropped it by the score of 7-2.
The game got off to an auspicious start and followed from there, as the Mets were retired in order in the top of the first by the ace of the Rockies staff, Germán Márquez. Joey Lucchesi, making his first start as a member of his new club, did not fare as well as his counterpart. A lead off double by Garrett Hampson and a single by Ryan McMahon (which could have very easily been an error charged to Villar), put Luchessi in immediate danger, and the Rockies would score three in the first inning to put them ahead for the game.
Offensively, Márquez kept the Mets bat quiet for the most part. The only time the Mets did much of anything against him was in the 4th inning. Brandon Nimmo led off with a single and Francisco Lindor walked, putting two on with none out. Back to back strikeouts by Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso would threaten the rally, but Jeff McNeil ripped a double to make it a 3-2 game. The Mets had just one base runner from that point on.
The bullpen, which relieved Luchessi after the third, was up and down. Robert Gsellman and Trevor Hildenberger had strong innings, but Jacob Barnes gave up a three-run homer that iced the game and saw Sunday afternoon’s game turn into a rubber game.
Full recap to follow.
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