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Strong Effort from Bartolo Colon Helps New York Mets Salvage Finale

June 18th, 2014 at 6:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

St. Louis-For the last few weeks, the New York Mets' best starting pitcher has been 41 year old right hander Bartolo Colon. Colon, who had a rough start to the season, entered Wednesday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals on a hot streak. Colon was 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his previous six starts, and the hot streak continued in this game. Colon tossed eight innings of one run ball to help the Mets (32-40) avoid getting swept by the Cardinals (39-33). 

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The Cardinals grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Colon to lead off the frame. Carpenter's third home run of the year gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead. The score remained the same until the top of the sixth, when Colon himself got the inning started with a double to deep left. The double was Colon's first hit as a Met, and he scored his first run when Eric Young Jr doubled him home to tie the game. Two batters later, David Wright delivered an RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Mets added another run in the seventh on an RBI ground rule double from EY to make it 3-1.

The lead would be plenty for Colon (W, 7-5), who was even better on the mound then he was with the bat. Colon tossed eight innings of one run ball, allowing only four hits on the afternoon. Colon didn't walk a batter and struck out one. Colon would depart after eight innings to try and turn the game over to Jenrry Mejia for the save opportunity. Mejia got himself into immediate trouble when he gave up a double to Matt Carpenter and hit Jon Jay with a pitch. Mejia got Matt Holliday to ground into a double play to get the first two outs, but an infield single from Allan Craig allowed Carpenter to score and tie the game. Collins removed his closer in favor of Dana Eveland to get a lefty/lefty matchup against Cardinals' slugger Matt Adams. Eveland got the job done, inducing a groundout from Adams to end the game. Eveland recorded his first save of the season in the process.

Player of the Game:

Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' starter Bartolo Colon. Colon not only was brilliant on the mound, but started the Mets' rally in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double. 

Post Game Notes:

  • Lance Lynn (L, 7-5) took the loss for St. Louis, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work. Lynn walked four and struck out five.
  • Eric Young Jr had the best day at the plate for the Mets, going 2 for 4 with two RBI's and a run scored.
  • Chris Young went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts on the afternoon, lowering his batting average to .195 on the year.
  • After the game the Mets swapped backup outfielders, adding Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the roster and sending Matt den Dekker down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Outfielder Juan Lagares (intercostal strain) participated in a simulated game on Wednesday. Lagares could return from the disabled list next week.
  • The Mets won their season series with the Cardinals 4-3.

What's Next:

The Mets will continue their road trip tomorrow in Miami as they kick off a four game series with the Marlins. Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets. The Marlins will send highly touted lefty Andrew Heaney to the mound tomorrow night to make his major league debut. First pitch at Marlins Park is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Baseball, Chris Young, Dana Eveland, David Wright, Eric Young Jr, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Matt Den Dekker, MLB, New York, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals

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