What a night for Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets in the Rocky Mountains as they pound out 15 hits and five home runs in a wild 14-9 win over the Rockies.
Cespedes, who came to the Mets at the trade deadline had a career night with five hits and launching three home runs – including a Grand Slam, driving in 7 runs and scoring five times. Cespedes blasted his slam, an opposite field shot, during a 6-run second inning that gave the Mets a 7-1 lead.
But it is Coors Field, isn’t it?
Starter Bartolo Colon was hit on his pitching wrist in the middle of that 6-run second inning on a bunt attempt, but continued on as the Rockies chipped away, making it 7-4 after three innings.
Cespedes then hit a bomb to centerfield leading off the fourth to make it 8-4 before the Rockies got to Colon again. Colon was in trouble again, but although he had two out, he couldn’t get the third. Roland Arenado rocketed a three-run dinger to make it a one-run game, 8-7. That was all for Colon.
Sean Gilmartin (W, 2-1) then gave up the tying run in the fifth, but the Mets bullpen was superb from there, shutting down the Rockies for the remaining four innings, allowing just one run and two hits the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, the Mets just kept scoring on the Rockies bullpen. Cespedes crushed another home run – his third of the game – this time a 2 run homerun to give the Mets the lead, 10-8. Cespedes, with seven RBI, hit a Grand Slam, a solo home run and now a two-run homerun. He just needed a three-run homerun to hit a home run cycle, something that has never been done in the major leagues.
In the seventh, Travis d’arnaud and Michael Conforto went yard back-to-back to make it 12-8. The Mets hit 5 home runs. Suddenly, the run the Rockies scored in their half of the seventh to make it 12-9 didn’t seem to matter.
Mets scored tack on runs in the eighth and ninth while the bullpen finished the job behind Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
The Nationals got bombed at home against Milwaukee, and they are now five games behind the Mets.
Jonathan Niese (7-9) starts tomorrow night as the Mets go for the series win.
POSITIVES: Mets scored in seven different innings, pounding 16 hits, 8 extra-base hits … Cespedes now has 5 HR’s as a Met … Granders, Flores and Johnson all had two hits each … Final line for Cespedes: 5-6, 5R, 2B, 7RBI … Granderson threw out Hundley at the plate in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to preserve the 8-8 tie. Play was ruled out and later confirmed on replay … Conforto HR came on the pitch following d’Arnaud’s … cespedes the third player to hit 3 HR in one game for the Mets this year
NEGATIVES: Lucas Duda, who drove in the first run of the game, left the game and didn’t return … No word on Colon’s arm. He got only 14 outs and allowed 9 hits and two walks, 7 runs and 3 HR … Kelly Johnson was only starter to not have an RBI