Big third inning pushes Rockies to win

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The Rockies scored in each of the first three innings and took a 7-1 lead. The final score was 7-4, but the bullpen and a decent performance by Eddie Butler held off the Mets to give the Rox the win.

Trevor Story had two hits on the evening, the first being a double in the first inning, and boosted his average to .281. The double by Story and error by pitcher Logan Verrett that allowed him to move to third put a man in the perfect position for RBI man Nolan Arenado. Nolan couldn’t get a hit, but he hit a ground ball to third that David Wright made a nice play on that gave Story the opportunity to score. This gave the Rockies the early lead.

The top of the second would see the Mets counter with a double and single to start the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera popped up for the first out of the inning, but an infield single by Kevin Plawecki tied the game up. Starter Eddie Butler was able to limit the damage to one and struck out the next two batters of the inning.

The Rockies came right back in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead. Mark Reynolds legged out a double and DJ LeMahieu drove him in on a single to right. The rally was cut short when DJ got thrown out on a hit-and-run. Tony Wolters then singled and Butler moved him over on a sac bunt. Charlie Blackmon singled to run his hitting streak to 11 games, but Story was unable to drive either of them in as he grounded out to short.

The Rockies came charging back for a big inning in the third against Verrett and sent him packing early. Arenado and Gerrardo Parra each singled to start the inning, but a struggling Carlos Gonzalez flew out. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and scored a run to put the Rockies up 3-1. Then the pivotal moment of the game happened. With two strikes, Tony Wolters swung and missed on a pitch in the dirt. The home plate umpire however ruled it as a foul tip. Manager Terry Collins came out to argue, and rightfully so, but the play was not one that could be challenged and Collins was ejected. On the next pitch, Wolters drove a ball to deep center that touched down for a two run double. On what should have been a strikeout, Wolters turned the out into a clutch double. An unsuccessful safety squeeze by Eddie Butler put two on and two out for Blackmon who drove in two more with a single. The score was then 7-1 and the Rockies were cruising towards the win.

The Mets scored a run in the fourth off of a homer and they would score two more in the sixth driving Butler from the game. Eddie wasn’t terrific, but he pitched well enough for the offense to show their stuff and for the bullpen to come in with a lead. Gonzalez Germen, Boone Logan, and Carlos Estevez kept the Mets off the board and Walt Weiss was able to hand the ball off to closer Jake McGee with a three run lead. McGee gave up a leadoff single, but retired the next three batters to earn the save, his 11th of the year.

The bullpen has really come together for the Rockies and with the starters going more innings than they did last year, the longevity should be a little better. If this pitching continues the Rockies will compete. They will look for the sweep on Sunday as Tyler Chatwood takes the mound. Chatwood has not been good at home and he will be facing Jacob DeGrom so he will need to be good. If the Rockies earn the sweep they will go to one game over .500.

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