Rapid Reaction: Rockies 18, Mets 9
April, 28, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Ugggh!
The Mets matched franchise records by surrendering 11 runs and committing four errors in a debacle of a fifth inning as the good feelings of a three-game home sweep of the Marlins dissipated in Denver's thin air.
The Rockies turned a four-run deficit into a seven-run lead while facing Chris Schwinden and Manny Acosta in the disastrous frame. The Mets ultimately lost 18-9 on Friday night at Coors Field.
The Mets committed six errors overall, one shy of matching the franchise record -- seven against Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, 1996.
The 18 runs allowed were the most since an 18-6 loss to San Diego on May 31, 2010.
Scott Hairston did hit for the 10th cycle in franchise history in the loss. The other cyclists:
• Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006 vs. Cincinnati);
• Eric Valent (July 29, 2004 at Montreal);
• John Olerud (Sept. 11, 1997 vs. Montreal);
• Alex Ochoa (July 3, 1996 at Philadelphia);
• Kevin McReynolds (Aug. 1, 1989 at St. Louis);
• Keith Hernandez (July 4, 1985 at Atlanta);
• Mike Phillips (June 25, 1976 at Chicago);
• Tommie Agee (July 6, 1970 vs. St. Louis);
• Jim Hickman (Aug. 7, 1963 vs. St. Louis).
Schwinden, who had picked up his first pro RBI in a four-run top of the fifth, opened the bottom half with a throwing error. Zach Lutz, who had his first major league hit that previous half-inning, committed an error, too. Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas also had errors as a 6-2 lead turned into a 13-6 deficit.
The final tally for the bottom of the fifth: 11 runs, 10 earned runs, seven hits, four errors, two Terry Collins arguments with umpires, three-run homers by Carlos Gonzalez (off Schwinden) and Dexter Fowler (off Acosta), three walks and a hit by pitch among the 15 Rockies batters.
The other times the Mets allowed 11 runs in an inning: at Atlanta on April 7, 2004; at San Diego on April 1, 1997; vs. Houston on July 30, 1969; and at St. Louis on July 18, 1964.
The other times the Mets committed four errors in an inning: vs. St. Louis on April 4, 1996; vs. San Diego on May 1, 1991; and at Chicago on June 9, 1987.
Hairston's and Tejada's four hits apiece set/matched career highs.
Schwinden was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings.
How strange was the game? Josh Thole was charged with catcher's interference in the seventh inning -- on a pitchout.
WHAT'S NEXT: Collins said pregame that this was not intended to be one start and done for Schwinden in Mike Pelfrey's vacated rotation spot.