DENVER — The Mets returned to action after a snowfall to split a doubleheader in the Mile High City.
The Mets beat the Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field on Saturday, trailing a solid 5.1 innings from Carlos Carrasco and an early burst of offense. The Mets matched their season-high three-game winning streak by winning Game 1 of the double bill. But they badly lost the nightcap after volatile pitching performance in an 11-3 loss to Colorado in Game 2.
Carrasco, in his Coors Field debut, lowered his season ERA to 3.50 after his 87-pitch effort that limited the Rockies to one run on seven hits. The right-handed veteran rebounded from his previous outing, when he allowed four earned runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings in a no-decision loss to the Mariners. Carrasco maneuvered traffic down base paths in all but one inning on Saturday, but his damage control ability kept the Mets in the game.
The right-hander said he felt the effect of the thin air when he came out. Coors Field famously sits about a mile above sea level, making the air density significantly lower than other major league stadiums. Carrasco said most of the pitches in his arsenal were hit by the high-altitude ballpark, so he was relieved when the results worked in his favor.
“It’s completely different and weird,” Carrasco said. “There, I was out of breath. I was taking my time between shots.
Mets manager Buck Showalter said he was trying to get Carrasco to slow his pace between pitches to help him adjust to the air. The skipper and the rest of the Mets coaching staff warned their players ahead of coming to Denver of the challenges of getting tired at Coors Field.
Trevor Williams, pitcher on just three days off, coughed up four earned runs on his start in Game 2. The four runs allowed to Williams came on two-run homers against CJ Cron in the first inning and Brian Serven in the second. The Rockies receiver Serven crushed Williams and the next man out of the Mets bullpen in Adonis Medina, who stumbled badly in his fourth relief appearance of the year.
Medina gave up five earned runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings in a game-opening seven-run sixth inning for the Rockies. Chasen Shreve, launched in relief from Medina, did not provide much of it. Shreve allowed two more runs on three hits before finally collecting two outs and ending the messy inning.
The Mets offense, after collecting 11 hits in an extra-inning victory over the Cardinals on Thursday, picked up where it left off, followed by their Friday snowfall in Denver. Launched by Starling Marte’s emotional first-inning home run, Mets hitters amassed 13 hits against three Colorado pitchers, including starting pitcher German Marquez, in Game 1 of the doubleheader at the friendly ballpark for the hitters. After a long day of baseball, the Mets didn’t create many offensive opportunities in Game 2.
The Mets (27-15) have played 19 doubles games since the start of 2021. No other team has played more than 10 in that span. They have won at least a share of their 19 twin bills over the past two years. The club’s 19-game unswept streak is the longest in Mets history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Amazin currently lead the majors having played five doubles in the first term of the 2022 season alone.