The Rockies lost Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-4 and the Mets avoided the sweep by way of Neil Walker’s three run home run. Noah Syndergaard was faced off against Chad Bettis and it actually turned into a game between the bullpens.
The Rockies got down to an early deficit when Neil Walker tripled as a part of his big day. The hit drove in Asdrubal Cabrera and the Mets got up 1-0 early.
The run was quickly erased in the top of the second when Daniel Descalso singled in David Dahl. Dahl reached on a double and continued his rookie hitting streak as he has hit safely in each game so far. Between him and Descalso, they tallied half of the Rockies eight hits with Descalso driving in half the runs and Dahl scoring half.
The lead for the Rockies would not last long as Alejandro De Aza broke the 1-1 tie with a single in the bottom of the second. The Mets extended their lead again in the third inning with another RBI single, this one coming from Brandon Nimmo.
The Rockies did manage to come back against Syndergaard in the fourth and fifth innings with a single and double respectively. The single came from Descalso and the double was Cargo’s one hit on the afternoon.
As far as game score goes, Chad Bettis actually out pitched Thor. He struck out more batters while walking two (just as Syndergaard did) and allowed the same amount of runs (Noah allowed one less earned run).
The Rockies took a very brief lead in the seventh. A bunt single and walk put two men on and Charlie Blackmon was able to bunt them into scoring position. An intentional walk then loaded the bases for Cargo with one out. Cargo hit a ball that was deep enough for a sac fly and the Rockies took the 4-3 lead for a short moment.
Then in the bottom of the inning, a recently more sure bullpen ran into trouble. Boone Logan did allow a walk but it was sandwiched between two outs. Then he walked another batter and Neil Walker got to the Rockies for the second time in the game. Walker hit his 17th homer of the year, a three run shot that would give the final score of the game in the seventh.
The Mets bullpen shut the Rockies down through the last two innings and the Rockies ended their road trip with a loss. It was far from a disappointing road trip as the Rockies got to .500 (and then dropped to a game under) but overall they went 5-2. It was probably the best road trip of the year and it gives the Rockies a meaningful stretch of games against teams ahead them in the wild card. They will play the Dodgers and Marlins, two good teams, and depending on what happens the Rockies could finish in a playoff spot.