August 22, 2015: Twenty-One Hits Rock Mountain Men

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Date: August 22, 2015
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 14
Rockies: 9
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Uribe, Jonathon Niese
Key play: Mets' doubles, Uribe's home run, Niese's single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday night in Colorado. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Denver's Coors Field. The Mets collected a total of twenty-one hits in a 14-9 win.

Curtis Granderson doubled against Rockies' starter Chris Rusin with one out in the top of the first inning. Yoenis Cespedes went down on strikes and Juan Uribe drew a walk. Michael Cuddyer grounded to third baseman Nolan Arenado for an inning-ending force play and Charlie Blackmon hit a single against the Mets' Jonathon Niese to begin the bottom half. Blackmon advanced to second base on Jose Reyes' sacrifice bunt. With Carlos Gonzalez at bat, Blackmon got caught by Niese's pickoff throw and was tagged out by shortstop Ruben Tejada. Niese then struck out Gonzalez to finish off the inning.

Wilmer Flores got a leadoff double in the top of the second. Travis d'Arnaud doubled to drive home Flores and scored on a double by Tejada. Niese was struck out and Juan Lagares hit a double that plated Tejada for a 3-0 Mets lead. Rusin fanned Granderson and retired Cespedes on a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for the inning's third out. Arenado singled to open the bottom half. DJ LeMahieu lined out to right fielder Granderson and a single by Matt McBride followed. Nick Hundley drew a walk to load the bases. Kyle Parker hit a triple that brought home Arenado, McBride and Hundley with the tying runs. Niese then threw a called third strike past Rusin and retired Blackmon on a grounder to second baseman Flores to close out the inning.

Leading off the top of the third, Uribe slugged a home run to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Cuddyer hit a double and advanced to third base on a single by Flores. D'Arnaud doubled to score Cuddyer and a walk to Tejada loaded the bases. Niese hit a single to bring home Flores and d'Arnaud. Lagares singled to plate Tejada and came around to score with Niese on a double by Granderson, increasing the New York lead to 10-3. Rusin was replaced on the mound by Colorado reliever Justin Miller, against whom Cespedes singled to send Granderson to third. Uribe hit a double play grounder to Reyes on which Granderson came home with the Mets' eleventh run. Miller struck out Cuddyer to end the inning. Niese then yielded only a single to Gonzalez in the bottom half.

Miller shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Niese pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Lagares singled against Miller to begin the top of the fifth. Granderson drew a walk and moved to third base on Cespedes's single that drove home Lagares. Uribe hit a force play ground ball to Arenado to score Granderson and a single by Cuddyer ensued. Rockies' reliever Scott Oberg threw a wild pitch to send the runners to second and third. Flores singled to bring home Uribe and extend the Mets' lead to 14-3. Oberg then struck out d'Arnaud and retired Tejada on a grounder to Reyes that finished off the inning.

Reyes got a single to begin the bottom of the sixth. Gonzalez doubled and went to third base on Arenado's sacrifice fly that drove home Reyes. LeMahieu grounded back to Niese and a pop-up by McBride was caught by Flores to close out the inning. Oberg yielded just a single to Granderson in the top of the sixth and Dustin Garneau doubled against Niese to open the bottom half. Parker grounded out to Tejada and a single by pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes plated Garneau. Blackmon slugged a two-run homer to reduce the Mets' lead to 14-7. Against New York reliever Eric O'Flaherty, Reyes homered for the Rockies' eighth run of the game. O'Flaherty retired Gonzalez on a line drive to center fielder Lagares. The Mets' Carlos Torres then got Arenado on a ground ball to Flores for the inning's third out.

Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt hurled a perfect top of the seventh. McBride got a one-out single in the bottom half. Garneau flied out to Lagares and a double by Parker brought home McBride with the ninth run for the Mountain Men. Torres threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen to end the inning and Tejada singled against the Rockies' Christian Friedrich with one out in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson followed with a single on which Tejada was hit by the ball for an out. Friedrich retired Lagares on an inning-ending grounder to Arenado. The Mets' Tyler Clippard then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Rockies' reliever Tommy Kahnle gave up only a double to Uribe (the Mets' twenty-first hit) in the top of the ninth. New York's Jeurys Familia got LeMahieu on a ground ball to third baseman Uribe to start the bottom of the inning. McBride fouled out to catcher d'Arnaud. Familia then struck out Garneau to end the game. The Mets had a victory with a solid hitting attack.