Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Rockies needed some late inning life if they were going to complete the sweep of the Mets and Ryan Raburn gave them exactly that. Along with Tyler Chatwood’s best start at home this season, the Rockies were able to take the final game of the series by a score of 4-3.
Some early scoring from the Mets and dominant pitching by opposing pitcher Jacob DeGrom spelled trouble for the Rockies early. Yoenis Cespedes started the second inning off with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Rockies did counter in the bottom of the inning when Cargo doubled and DJ drove him in, but the Mets came right back.
A leadoff double by Eric Campbell gave DeGrom a chance to help himself. He singled up the middle and Campbell scored easily. Back-to-back singles then gave the Mets another run in the inning and they took a two run lead.
Jacob DeGrom was cruising and the Rockies could not get anything started against the long haired righty. They had managed only three hits off of DeGrom until Cargo stepped to the plate in the sixth. With nobody on, Cargo drove a ball to deep left-center out of the park. It was Cargo’s first home run in 100+ at bats and snapped a homerless streak that was one of the longest of his career. But the Rockies were still down 3-2.
DeGrom continued into the next inning, but walked leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu. He got Dustin Garneau to strike out before manager Terry Collins came to take him out of the game. That turned out to be the mistake of the game as pinch hitter Ryan Raburn stepped to the plate against Jim Henderson. Raburn, who was hitting .340 with limited at bats, smashed a ball to right-center field. The ball cleared the raised fences and Raburn gave the Rockies the 4-3 lead.
Tyler Chatwood who looked like he was running into trouble early, actually ended up going seven terrific innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3, but he limited the damage to the second and third innings and pitched his best ball at home yet. The outing gave the bullpen a chance to reel in the win and they did just that.
Boone Logan worked a good eighth inning and Jake McGee came in for the save. He got the first two batters out on two pitches before allowing a hit. David Wright came to pinch hit as the potential winning run, but he grounded out to short and Trevor Story made the easy flip to second for the win. It was McGee’s 12th save of the year.
Even though the Rockies offense only got six hits over the course of the game, they were able to get some timely hits and their pitchers picked up the team at home. It concluded a big series sweep of the Mets who have handled the Rockies in previous years. Jacob DeGrom has had great success against the Rockies in his career as well, but this game he was out dueled by Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies have an off day on Monday and will travel to St. Louis for a series against the Cardinals starting Tuesday.