Hairston hits for cycle, but Rockies steamroll Mets 18-9

The only good news from last night is that Scott Hairston became the 10th Mets player to hit for the cycle, and unlike the whole no-hitter deal, all 10 players have actually hit for the cycle while wearing a Mets uniform.

In a game with no shortage of offense, Hairston was able to reach the accomplishment in the sixth inning, when his two-RBI double to left brought in a pair of runs and made the score 13-8. It was actually kind of a big hit, because Colorado had just put up an 11-run fifth inning and it looked like the Mets might actually be able to bounce back.

Of course, the Mets failed to bounce back completely, and thanks to Ramon Hernandez’s seventh inning grand slam off of Bobby Parnell, the score ended up looking more out of hand than it needed to be. Colorado got all the runs it really needed in that fifth inning.

It all started out innocently enough. Chris Schwinden, who at that point seemed to be doing a decent job recovering from a two-run first inning, got Eric Young Jr. to bounce one back to the mound. However, Schwinden’s throw went awry and Young dove under Zach Lutz’s tag attempt. The flood gates had opened.

After a walk and a Jonathan Herrera RBI single, Gonzalez blasted a lazy Schwinden offering over the right center field wall to tie the game. The Mets 6-2 lead had completely gone up in smoke, but there still appeared to be a ball game to play. That illusion also vanished when Manny Acosta came in and completely melted down.

Acosta allowed the first three runners to reach, then finally got the first out of the inning when Ruben Tejada tagged out Todd Helton in a run-scoring fielder’s choice. The Mets appeared to be able to actually get out of the inning alive. The score was 7-6 with runners on first and second and one out.

Then Dexter Fowler crushed one out to right field to make the score 10-6. What a disaster. It hardly seemed to matter that Acosta would load the bases again and allow Gonzalez to drive in two more runs with a single. A third run scored when Zach Lutz committed the Mets fourth error of the inning while trying to cut down Herrera at the plate.

For the first time this season, it was a huge relief to see Miguel Batista enter the ball game. The veteran quickly got two outs in a row to end the inning.

Before the fifth, the Mets seemed well on their way to a fourth straight victory. New York got a run across in the first when David Wright got picked off of first base with two outs and runners at the corners. While Wright was caught in a rundown, Kirk Nieuwenhuis scampered home to get the Mets a quick lead.

Although Schwinden would give up a pair in the second on a Gonzalez RBI ground out and a Troy Tulowitzki solo homer, the Mets tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth on Scott Hairston’s home run. In the 5th, Hairston hit a two-out RBI triple to dead center that kick started a four-run inning. Lucas Duda, Mike Nickeas and Chris Schwinded all hit RBI singles, while Zach Lutz recorded his first ever MLB hit on a single up the middle.

So, the Mets were looking pretty awesome heading into the bottom of the fifth. Schwinden had pitched three straight scoreless innings and the Mets had just mounted what seemed like a huge rally to take a sizable lead. Then everything got bad.

More Mets notes

  • Ramon Ramirez entered the game in the sixth and pitched a decent inning. Then in the seventh, he allowed the bases to be loaded and exited just before the Hernandez grand slam. However, none of the runs counted against Ramirez’s ERA because of a bizarre catcher’s interference call on a botched pitch out.
  • Hot prospect Drew Pomeranz started the game for the Rockies and allowed the first two Mets runs while striking out four and walking three. He was taken out after the fourth inning because of some forearm tightness and the Mets rallied against reliever Esmil Rogers
  • Because Pomeranz went less than five innings and Colorado relievers Rogers and Josh Roenicke were so awful, the “credit” for the win went to the fourth Rockies pitcher, lefty Matt Reynolds. Reynolds threw one scoreless inning to “earn” the win.
  • Ruben Tejada had slowed down significantly since his hot start to the season, but in this one he went 4 for 6 with four singles. That raised is slash stats from .239/.316/.358 to .274/.341/.384

Tonight the Mets give it another go against Colorado starting at 8:10 PM. This time it will be the Rockies starting a minor league call-up as Jeremy Guthrie has just injured his shoulder in a bizarre bicycle accident. In his stead, Guillermo Moscoso will start against New York’s Dillon Gee.

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