Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Rockies 6, Mets 2
By Andrew Marchand
WHAT IT MEANS: Following a 6-2 loss to the Rockies, the Mets (57-66) are nine games under .500, which is the worst they have been in the past three years. They still have no perfect games. The Mets have lost 12 of their last 14 games at home so no wonder they are giving away tickets for free. Since the All-Star Break, they are 11-26.
PERFECT, THEN IMPERFECT: Chris Young retired the first 15 Rockies he faced, taking a perfect game into the sixth. Of his first 15 outs, none were close to a hit. He struck out his first four batters.
Then the sixth happened. He gave up a leadoff single to DJ LeMahieu on a weak, but legit, infield hit. Next, Jonathan Herrera singled to right. Mix in a Young throwing error and two more hits and Young went from perfecto to being down 4-1.
Overall, Young went seven, gave up the four runs (two earned) on five hits. He struck out nine and walked one. At one point, it looked as if it might be a historic start, but it was a pretty good one still, even if he took the loss to drop to 3-7.
YOU'RE OUTTA HERE: In the bottom of the fifth, Terry Collins was ejected after arguing a call. Initially, Andres Torres was called safe after a rundown. Rockies manager Jim Tracy came out to argue and the umps changed the call. Well, this got Collins all hot and bothered and he voiced his own displeasure. This got him run. In the end, the umps made the call right as Torres was out.
SCOREBOARD: The Mets were on the board first with a run in the fourth. Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis singles preceded a Daniel Murphy sac fly.
HE IS GOOD FOR WIN ABOUT EVERY 12 MONTHS:Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin last won on Aug. 28th of 2011. Chacin went six innings and only gave up one run.
WHAT'S NEXT: Jeff Francis (4-4, 6.07 ERA) vs. Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.00), Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.