Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rockies 8, Mets 4
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: After winter-related postponements in two different cities, the Mets resumed play and were cooled off by the Colorado Rockies.
David Wright homered twice, but Dillon Gee struggled and the Mets lost to the Rockies, 8-4, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday at Coors Field.
WRIGHT STUFF: Wright produced the 19th two-homer game of his career.
He opened the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning, then produced a solo shot in the fifth that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead. Both homers came against Rockies starter Juan Nicasio.
Only Darryl Strawberry (22) has more multi-homer games as a Met.
Wright is now batting .398 (45-for-113) with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 30 career games at Coors Field.
The Mets have now homered in 12 straight games, matching the longest streak in the majors to open a season since Tampa Bay in 2007.
OH GEEZ: Gee’s woes continued. He walked Michael Cuddyer with the bases loaded in the fifth to force in a run, then surrendered a two-run single to Todd Helton that gave Colorado a 5-4 lead.
Gee earlier had surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Gonzalez.
Gee was charged with five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also had a wild pitch and plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the left elbow with a pitch.
Gee had lasted only three innings and surrendered seven runs at Philly last Tuesday. He is now 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA.
SNOW WORRIES: Game 1 started at 5:12 p.m. ET, which was 122 minutes after scheduled.
The reason: eight inches of snow fell overnight at Coors Field, and the staff struggled to remove the accumulation.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort -- who joined in with a shovel -- said the large snowfall caught the organization off-guard and they nearly did not have enough staff on hand to remove the snow.
Office workers, some wearing suits, volunteered to shovel during the nearly seven-hour snow removal process. Otherwise, Monfort said, the Rockies did not have enough personnel on hand for even a delayed start.
The Rockies borrowed some shovels from the Denver Broncos.
It was 39 degrees at the first pitch.
“As you can tell now, had we not had 100 or 150 people out there, we would have never got it off,” Monfort said. “… I know this: I talked to ‘Razz’ (head groundskeeper Mark Razum) right when I got here and he said, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to get this done.’”
WHAT’S NEXT: After a quick turnaround, Aaron Laffey gets the start in the doubleheader nightcap. He faces fellow left-hander Jeff Francis at 8:40 p.m. ET.