Sunday, May 7, 2023

Bryant, Rockies Roll Past Mets To Take Series


Kris Bryant connecting on an RBI single in the third inning off Joey Lucchesi. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Colorado Rockies rolled to a 13-6 win over the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field, as they were led by Kris Bryant, who had a home run and three RBI. This gave Colorado, who improved to 14-21, two wins in this three-game weekend series, which dropped the Mets below .500, at 17-18.

The Rockies wasted no time against Mets starter Joey Lucchesi, as Randal Grichuk blasted a home run to the second deck in left field, a solo shot, in the top of the first.

The Mets responded in the bottom half of the frame, as Rockies starter Ryan Feltner walked Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor, and Jeff McNeil got an RBI single. Then, after Pete Alonso bounced one back to the pitcher, Brett Baty singled in Lindor, and McNeil came in on a throwing error by Bryant in right, and that made it 3-1 Mets.

In the top of the third, Brenton Doyle singled and came in to score on a double by Jurickson Profar, and then he came in to score on a single from Bryant.

The Mets rallied in the fourth when Francisco Alvarez led off with a double, and then Nimmo was hit by a pitch and Lindor walked to load the bases. 

That was all for Feltner, and left-hander Brent Suter came on to face McNeil, who singled in Alvarez to make it 4-3 Mets. Suter then struck out Alonso and Baty grounded back to the pitcher to end the frame.

The Mets turned to Jimmy Yacabonis for the fifth inning, as Lucchesi, who was pitching on three days' rest, had thrown 70 pitches.

Yacabonis walked Grichuk before Bryant blasted a two-run homer to left field to put the Rockies up 5-4. 

Kris Bryant being greeted by Randal Grichuk after crossing the plate on his fifth-inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.

C.J. Cron followed with a walk, and Ryan McMahon doubled. Then, after Alan Trejo popped out to shortstop, Ezequiel Tovar laced a two-run double on a cue shot past first base down the right field line.

That was all for Yacabonis, and Tommy Hunter came on and was greeted by an Austin Wynns RBI single, and then Brenton Doyle blasted a two-run homer to make it 10-4, capping the seven-run inning.

Suter came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth for the Rockies, and the Mets were only able to get back one of those runs, as Mark Canha doubled and came in to score on a single from Luis Guillorme. 

Since he became the pitcher of record, Suter earned his first win of the season. The Rockies' bullpen then allowed just one run over the final four innings, with Nick Mears, Daniel Bard, Brad Hand, and Justin Lawrence pitching an inning apiece to finish off the Mets.

The Mets will now head on the road, as they play three games at the Cincinnati Reds (Tuesday-Thursday) and three in Washington next weekend.

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