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Don’t look now but the Rockies are quietly creeping into playoff contention while holding one of the better pitching staffs since the second half started. Some timely hits, along with a very solid performance by Tyler Chatwood sent the Rockies on their way to a series win as they toppled the Mets by a score of 6-1.
The Mets are struggling in the second half while the Rockies seem to be clicking in all facets of the game. They are now just a game under .500 and have won four straight on their difficult east coast road trip. The only loss they have came against the Orioles in the extra inning walk off as the result of an error. The Rockies may have lost that game, but they certainly didn’t let it get to them as they have won each game after that.
Friday night saw the Rockies taking a game from the Mets with some timely hits and quality pitching. The Rox jumped out to an early lead in the first when Cargo doubled in DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu reached when he beat out his ground ball that would’ve been a double play.
The lead didn’t last for long as Tyler Chatwood allowed a home run to James Loney in the bottom of the second. Following that, Neil Walker singled but the next two batters were retired. Then Chatwood ran into some major command issues and was nearly pulled. 8 of Chatwood’s next 10 pitches would go for balls and we walked two men to bring up Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded. Luckily for Chatwood and the Rockies, the Mets have been absolutely terrible in the clutch and Chatwood got Granderson to pop out to end the inning.
After that tough second inning, Chatwood started to groove. He allowed only one hit and one walk over the next five innings and finished strong. He ended up allowing only the home run to Loney and was never really threatened again after the second. He completed seven innings in the end and earned his tenth win of the season.
It took until the sixth for the Rockies to score again. Trevor Story led off with a single and Mark Reynolds followed that up with a double. David Dahl popped out and Nick Hundley then came up to try and drive someone in. He hit a hard ground ball to the left side of the infield that deflected off the glove of the third baseman to get into left field for a run scoring base hit. That broke the tie and the Rockies would need no more runs to win.
The Rockies would run into some brief trouble in the eighth inning. After loading the bases with no outs and giving way to Scott Oberg on Thursday, Jake McGee came on and got into more trouble on Friday. Two straight singles got McGee pulled and Oberg had to come on for damage control again. It took only three pitches and Oberg got the three outs he needed on two ground outs and a pop out. Oberg has proved himself valuable, especially when it comes to limiting the trouble McGee gets in to.
They did get some insurance however in the eighth when Reynolds hit a solo home run, his 11th of the year, to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead. They wouldn’t be done and in the ninth they got some more insurance. Charlie Blackmon doubled with one out, his fourth hit of the game, and a batter later Terry Collins elected to walk Nolan Arenado. Arenado has been struggling mightily this series popping up what seems like every time he’s at the plate, but the Rockies were certainly not complaining as Cargo made the Mets pay. On a full count, Cargo got ahold of one and launched it to right center field for a three run home run.
The Rockies can reach .500 on Saturday with a win as two veterans go at it. Bartolo Colon faces Jorge De La Rosa in a battle between two older pitchers. This game could go any way, but with the Mets struggling and the Rockies clicking, this game could very well end up bad for the Mets.