Home cookin’ couldn’t comfort the Rockies.
A 2-0 loss to New York on Sunday afternoon — with the chant “Let’s Go Mets” reverberating throughout Coors Field — left the Rockies in a bad place after a 3-6 homestand in which they lost all three series.
Sunday’s game featured a terrific pitcher’s duel between New York right-hander Taijuan Walker and Rockies left-hander Austin Gomber. Walker won out, thanks, in part, to excellent defense behind him.
Walker dominated the Rockies, blanking them for seven innings and limiting them to five singles and two walks. He struck out six.
Gomber certainly pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs on seven hits, with no walks, over seven innings. But Colorado’s shaky defense and its Jekyll-and-Hyde offense let him down.
Basically, Gomber got robbed in the Mets’ decisive two-run sixth inning.
Brandon Nimmo hit a routine single to right field, but Randal Grichuk let the ball go between his legs and Nimmo eased into third on the two-base error. Francisco Lindor’s single through a drawn-in infield score Nimmo to put the Mets ahead, 1-0. Jeff McNeil’s bloop double into no man’s land behind third base advanced Lindor to third, and Lindor scored on Pete Alonso’s groundout to first.
The Rockies’ best chance to score off Walker came and went in the seventh.
Back-to-back singles by Grichuk and Brendan Rodgers put Colorado in prime position to score, but a terrific double play rescued the Mets. Jose Iglesias grounded to Lindor at short, who shoveled the ball to second baseman Jeff McNeil, who gunned the ball the first. Brian Serven’s groundout to third base left Grichuk stranded at third.
The Rockies didn’t have many scoring chances but couldn’t convert when they did, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Colorado — 19-21 overall and 5-10 on the road — opens a seven-day, seven-game road trip on Monday at Pittsburgh. The Rockies play a three-game series vs. the Pirates before moving on to Washington D.C. for a four-game set against the Nationals.
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