August 21, 2015: Cespedes Hits Three Homers

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Date: August 21, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 14
Rockies: 9
Winning pitcher: Sean Gilmartin
Key player(s): Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Cespedes's three homers, Conforto's and d'Arnaud's homers

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Friday night in Colorado. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs and compiled 15 total bases in a 14-9 Mets win.

Cespedes got a two-out double against Rockies' starter Jon Gray in the top of the first inning. Lucas Duda singled to drive home Cespedes with the first run of the game. Gray retired Wilmer Flores on a ground ball to third baseman Nolan Arenado for the third out and Carlos Gonzalez slugged a solo homer against the Mets' Bartolo Colon with two outs in the bottom half. Colon then got Arenado to pop out to shortstop Flores and end the inning.

Kelly Johnson hit a single against Gray to open the top of the second. Travis d'Arnaud flied out to right fielder Gonzalez and a walk to Michael Conforto ensued. Colon was hit by a pitch to load the bases and consecutive singles by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy brought home Johnson and Conforto, respectively. Cespedes connected for a grand slam and a 7-1 Mets lead. Duda grounded out to second baseman DJ LeMahieu and singles by Johnson and Flores followed. Rockies' reliever Christian Bergman retired d'Arnaud on a line drive to Gonzalez that ended the inning and Ben Paulsen homered to begin the bottom half. LeMahieu grounded out to Colon and a single by Nick Hundley ensued. Brandon Barnes reached on Flores's error and a sacrifice bunt by Bergman advanced the runners to second and third. Colon then retired Charlie Blackmon on a line drive to center fielder Cespedes to close out the inning.

Bergman hurled a scoreless top of the third. Gonzalez hit a single with one out in the bottom half. Arenado doubled to score Gonzalez and moved to third base on Paulsen's ground out to Flores. LeMahieu singled to plate Arenado and reduce the Mets' lead to 7-4. Hundley walked and Colon struck out Barnes to finish off the inning.

Leading off the top of the fourth, Cespedes hit his second home run of the game. Bergman set down the next three Mets batters and Blackmon got a one-out double against Colon in the bottom half. Jose Reyes flied out to Cespedes and a walk to Gonzalez followed. Blackmon stole third base and Arenado slugged a three-run homer, cutting the Mets' lead to 8-7. New York reliever Sean Gilmartin then got Paulsen on a fly ball to Cespedes for the inning's final out.

Bergman retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. LeMahieu singled to begin the bottom half. Hundley hit a triple to drive home LeMahieu and tie the game at 8-8. Gilmartin fanned Barnes and got pinch-hitter Kyle Parker to fly out to right fielder Granderson. Trying to score after the catch, Hundley was out at home via a throw by Granderson to catcher d'Arnaud for an inning-ending double play. Murphy drew a two-out walk against Colorado reliever Christian Friedrich in the top of the sixth. Cespedes clouted his third homer to put the Mets back in front, 10-8. Friedrich retired Duda on a foul pop-up to Arenado and got Flores to ground out to shortstop Reyes for the third out of the inning. Gilmartin then pitched a perfect bottom half.

With one out in the top of the seventh, d'Arnaud and Conforto connected for back-to-back solo home runs against Rockies' reliever Gonzalez Germen. Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe grounded out to Germen and a walk to Granderson followed. Curtis stole second base and Germen retired Murphy on an inning-ending pop-up to Reyes. To lead off the bottom half, Arenado doubled against New York's Hansel Robles. A balk sent Arenado to third base and Paulsen went down on strikes. LeMahieu grounded out to first baseman Murphy to score Arenado and trim the Mets' lead to 12-9. Hundley doubled and Robles retired Barnes on a ground ball to Flores that ended the inning.

Cespedes singled against Colorado reliever Tommy Kahnle to begin the top of the eighth. Yoenis advanced to second base on pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer's ground out to LeMahieu and stole third. Flores hit a double to drive home Cespedes and extend the Mets' lead to 13-9. Johnson drew a walk and d'Arnaud went down on strikes. Kahnle retired Conforto on a grounder to first baseman Paulsen to close out the inning. New York's Tyler Clippard then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Juan Uribe doubled against Rockies' reliever Rafael Betancourt to begin the top of the ninth. Uribe moved to third base after Granderson's line out to center fielder Blackman and scored the Mets' fourteenth run on Murphy's sacrifice fly. Betancourt retired Cespedes on a line drive to Gonzalez to end the inning and New York's Jeurys Familia got Arenado on a line drive to Granderson to start the bottom half. Paulsen was retired on a ground ball to Murphy. Familia then struck out LeMahieu to finish off the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory on a very productive night from Cespedes.

Notes

  • Cespedes was the 12th Mets player to hit three home runs in one game. He was also the third Met to accomplish the feat in the 2015 season. Yoenis also became the first Mets player ever to have a grand slam among his three homers.