Colorado rocks Mets with 7-run fifth to take series

May 7th, 2023

NEW YORK -- The Rockies showed how lethal their offense could be on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Their seven runs in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Colorado pounded the Mets, 13-6. The Rockies were able to take two of the three games in the series. 

It looked like Colorado was in for a long day due to starter experiencing a tough time throwing strikes. He ended up going 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and walking six. In fact, after he left the game in the fourth, Feltner was on the losing end of a 4-3 deficit. Manager Bud Black believed Feltner had mechanical issues.

“His mechanics were a little bit out of whack and he just couldn’t reel it in as the game went on,” Black said. “When you are pitching and you are thinking about mechanics, it’s awfully difficult [to pitch a quality game].”    

But Feltner ended up with a no-decision. The Rockies came back in a big way thanks to a seven-run surge in the top of the fifth inning against New York’s bullpen. First, they hammered right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis. With  on first,  hit a two-run homer to give Colorado a 5-4 lead.

“Kris is a pro,” Black said. “Like a lot of guys who hit home runs, he wants more of them, just as all big guys do. That was a good swing. That ball was well struck. He had a good game.”    

Colorado continued to smoke Yacabonis by scoring two more runs on a double by . Yacabonis would then leave the game in favor of right-hander Tommy Hunter, but Colorado wasn't done scoring.

Brenton Doyle, the No. 15 prospect in the Rockies' system according to MLB Pipeline, hit his first Major League home run over the right-field wall. Doyle ended up having his best game of the season, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.  

“It was a great inning overall, really a lot of good at-bats starting with Randal and myself at the top there. Doyle hitting his first home run,” Bryant said. “I felt we kind of took the wind out of their sails a little bit. We kind of had control the rest the game.”

The smile on Doyle’s face after the game told the whole story. He said he was stoked after hitting the home run, and also admired the impact it had in the Rockies' dugout.

“[The home run] finally came, and it felt great off the bat,” Doyle said. “As soon as I hit it, it brought a lot of energy to the dugout. We kept playing good baseball, and it was great. That inning was huge. It kept us upbeat in the dugout. It’s a great feeling.”

Black announced the Rockies are going to keep giving Doyle playing time. The rookie provides an element that most of his teammates don’t have -- speed. Doyle said he is ready to give his all for Colorado. 

“Whatever I’m asked to do, I’m going to give it 100 percent. That’s all I can ask for,” he said. “My speed is definitely a factor, turning singles into doubles and stealing bags. I’m very proud of my speed. I’m glad to show it off.”

With the victory, the Rockies have now won six out of their last seven games. But the players know they have to continue to play all facets of the game in order to compete at the big league level. 

“It starts with the defense," Black said. "The defense and the baserunning should never waver. We are running the bases hard, we are playing better defense. That helps. The pitchers are doing their part on pounding the strike zone the last week-to-10-days.”

The way Bryant sees it, the victories will add up thanks to the talent Colorado has on hand. 

“We see some young guys coming into their own a little bit,” Bryant said. “Doyle has been a nice addition for us, stealing bases, causing some havoc. Tovar has been steady up the middle. The bats are coming alive here. I’m feeling really good about our lineup. We’ve had some injuries on the pitching staff, but some guys have really stepped up and have gone out there and competed. 

“We're not worried about who we are facing. We just go out there and give the best we got. It’s fun baseball when you are not worried about who you are playing.”