Author: Paul Zinn
Colorado completed a four-game sweep of the Mets (4-9) in the second game of a doubleheader this afternoon at Citi Field, defeating New York, 9-4.
Keys to the game:
Mike Nickeas two-run double in the second provided the Mets a 2-0 lead. Those were Nickias' first two RBI of his career.
After Colorado tied it, Jose Reyes again gave the Mets a two-run lead when he extended his hit streak to 12 games with a two-run single in the fourth. Reyes had been 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets had a two-run lead in each game of this series and two, two-run leads in two contests, one of them being the second game today.
But again the Rockies had an answer with a six-run, sixth inning that served as a death blow to the Mets. Troy Tulowitzki hit another home run and had four in the series - one in each game. The Rockies added five more, the final three coming on a three-run home run by Jonathan Herrera off of relief pitcher Taylor Buchholz.
In that sixth inning, both Scott Hairston and Carlos Beltran each misplayed fly balls and Brad Emaus bobbled what could have been an inning-ending, double play. All three mishaps occured with only one of the six Rockies' runs in.
Buchholz had just entered for starter Chris Capuano (1-1), who allowed seven runs on eight hits.
The Mets have lost five in a row and eight of nine. They will look to rebound in Atlanta tomorrow night when the team starts a three-game series with the Braves.
Commentary: It was a lost week and homestand for the Mets. The team is just not executing in important situations and continues to allow the big blow or hit while not being able to return the favor. It's still too early to panic, but if the Mets aren't careful over the next two weeks, this season could get totally away from them.