Game Recap: Mets 1, Rockies 0
Key to the game
The Mets scored in the seventh when issued a leadoff four-pitch walk to Chris Carter, who was lifted for pinch runner Jeff Francoeur. Josh Thole followed with a double off the wall in right field on a 1-0 pitch, sending Francoeur to third. After Ruben Tejada struck out looking, pinch hitter Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked, and Jose Reyes drove a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Francouer.
The Rockies had a few mild threats against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. They put runners on first and second with one out in the second, butand each grounded into a fielder’s choice. In the fifth, Olivo led off with a single and stole second, but Barmes lined to shortstop, Jimenez struck out and grounded back to Pelfrey. Finally, in the sixth, doubled with one out. He took third when grounded to short but was stranded there when grounded to first. Pelfrey and two relievers retired the final 11 Rockies batters after Gonzalez’s double.
–The Rockies are 5-14 in one-run games on the road, and seven of the losses have come after the All-Star break.
–Jimenez, who is 17-3, lowered his ERA from 2.61 to 2.55. In his past three starts, Jimenez is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA and has allowed four hits and one run in seven innings in each of those three games. Jimenez’s other losses were 2-0 at Los Angeles on May 9 and 10-2 at Philadelphia on July 24.
–The Rockies have been shut out five times this year, twice by the Mets. The Mets blanked them 5-0 at Coors Field on April 15 in a game also won by Pelfrey, who pitched seven innings just as he did in this game. The Rockies were also shut out 2-0 at Los Angeles on May 9, 6-0 on July 23 at Philadelphia and 10-0 on Aug. 3 by the Giants at Coors Field.
–Miguel Olivo singled in the fifth, ending a string of 16 hitless at-bats. Olivo had not had a hit since he homered in the second inning off Tom Gorzelanny of the Cubs on July 31 at Coors Field.
– relieved with two out in the eighth after Beimel issued a walk and struck out the right-handed hitting Francoeur. Betancourt has 55 strikeouts and five walks this season. Right-handed hitters are 23-for-110 (.209) against Betancourt, including 10 for their past 68 with 25 strikeouts, but left-handed hitters are 20-for-57 (.351) against him.
–The Rockies have lost five straight series openers on the road and are 5-14 in series openers on the road this season. Overall this season, the Rockies are 17-20 in the first game of a series.