Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Mets 8 (10)
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Ruben Tejada committed a costly throwing error that allowed the Rockies to overcome a six-run deficit.
Colorado completed a 9-8 win in the 10th as Jordan Pacheco delivered a two-out walk-off RBI single against Greg Burke to complete the doubleheader sweep. David Wright had been charged with an error to allow the winning run to reach third base. The official scorer later reversed the decision and awarded a hit on the tough play to Wright's left.
Bobby Parnell, bidding for a four-out save, had inherited runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth and the Mets’ clinging to a two-run lead.
After allowing Carlos Gonzalez to steal second without paying much attention -- which placed the tying run in scoring position -- Parnell coaxed Michael Cuddyer into a seeming inning-ending groundout to shortstop.
Instead, Tejada fired the ball into the Rockies’ dugout for his sixth error of April. Two runs scored on the misfire and the Rockies tied the score at 8.
Tejada had 12 errors all of last season.
He had a chance at redemption in the top of the ninth, batting with runners on the corners and two out in the ninth. But Tejada flied out to center against left-hander Rex Brothers.
PAIN IN THE BACK: Lucas Duda left the game in the fifth inning with lower-back tightness.
LAFFEY MATTER: The Mets had bashed Rockies starter Jeff Francis for eight runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, Aaron Laffey was pulled after four innings and 77 pitches, seemingly to set him up to return on short rest Saturday against the Washington Nationals.
Assuming that was the motivation, the projected matchups for the weekend series at Citi Field -- barring snow interruptions the next two days in Denver -- would be:
Friday: Matt Harvey vs. Stephen Strasburg
Saturday: Laffey vs. Gio Gonzalez
Sunday: Dillon Gee vs. Jordan Zimmermann
Collin McHugh tossed 102 pitches for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night (allowing one unearned run), indicating he is not a candidate to start Saturday.
Laffey was charged with two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings.
UGLY FIFTH: After Laffey departed, Josh Edgin entered with an 8-2 lead and struggled in the fifth, loading the bases and then forcing in a run with a walk. LaTroy Hawkins then allowed all three inherited runners to score as Colorado pulled within 8-6 with a four-run frame.
DEEP THOUGHTS: The Mets’ homer streak to open the season ended at 12 consecutive games after they failed to go deep in the nightcap. It marked the longest streak to open a season since Tampa Bay also went deep in 12 straight to open 2007.
ATCHA BOY: After loading the bases in the seventh inning, Scott Atchison bailed himself out by striking out pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki to preserve an 8-6 lead.
WHAT’S NEXT: Heavy snow overnight. The prediction is for four to eight inches of snow by Wednesday’s scheduled game.
Snow already had started falling by the end of Tuesday’s nightcap.
Weather-permitting, Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.00 ERA) opposes Jon Garland (1-0, 3.75) in Game 3 of the four-game series, at 8:40 p.m. ET Wednesday.