Taijuan Walker throws seven innings against the Rockies when the Mets win the 11th series of the year – Reading Eagle
DENVER – Taijuan Walker has coped with the difficult challenge of serving at Course Field in his fifth career in third place in the senior field of the National League.
Walker lowered his seasonal ERA to 2.70 and got his second win of the season in the Mets ’2-0 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He threw seven innings on the lockout and limited Colorado to five strokes and two moves. Walker also posted season highs in strikeouts (six) and innings (97) in his sixth and best out of the year. It was only the second tomorrow from the Mats pitcher at Course Field.
“I just know what fields work here,” said Walker, who added that he didn’t like serving at Coors, even though he was successful on the high field. “It’s a blood ball and a splitter – these are two good innings.”
The Mats (28-15) improved to 11 wins in the series after starting six games, taking two of three against the Rockies. This season, the Mets have a record 11-1-1 in 13 series, and after losing – 14-1. They packed their lockers and enjoyed a happy flight after the win, heading to San Francisco to play a three-game set against the Giants, which begins Monday.
In addition to his dominance on the embankment, which at one point included 12 consecutive retirees, Walker received a huge pass from his defense in the seventh inning. With the Mets leading the way on two runs, Walker allowed the pair to go single in their third time through the Rockies order. But his backyard was the opposite, as Francisco Linder and Jeff McNeill deployed a huge double game of 6-4-3 to at least put the first two outs on the board.
But the threat still loomed with the runner from Colorado at third base. Luis Guillermo vacuumed the lineup from catcher Brian Serven and became a bright game at third base in the final from seventh. Walker caught fire after a Giorme game that kept goose eggs on a board for the Rockies.
“It’s hard to close these guys, period, but especially in this field,” manager Buck Shawolter said. “It was pretty cool.”
The Mets collected both races in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a mistake by the Rockies. Brendan Neem’s fuss turned the units into three base ones when Randall Grichuk made a mistake when serving on the right field. Francisco Lindar immediately nominated Nima in the 24th RBI shortstop of the year to break the zero game and bring the Mets ahead 1-0. Amazin never looked back, continuing once more after Jeff McNeill doubled to the left to move Lindar to third place. Pete Alonso drove Lindar to the RBI primer, and those two races proved to be the only advantage the Mets would need to defeat the Rockies.
“It was huge,” Lindar said of Nima’s commotion. “We won the game right away.”
Meanwhile, Joelie Rodriguez chose a scenic spot in the house to watch the game’s first four innings. Relief Mets took a chair, a Red Bull, water, sunflower seeds and a massage gun and sat down in a pile of stones in an eye battered in the center of the field. Dressed in a hoodie and surrounded by vegetation and greenery, Rodriguez sat right in the sun after a cold weekend in Mile High City. Eventually, the Coors Field guard kicked him out of his quiet spot, so he packed his things somewhere during the fourth inning and walked away to the bullpen on Coors Field.
Rodriguez entered the game in the eighth inning with two outs and runners in the first second of the two-pass game. In one of his shortest landmark outings of the year, Rodriguez singled out Ryan McMahon on the first and only inning of the day to complete the frame. Perhaps, in the end, Rodriguez was helped by peace and quiet in the bay of the beaten eye.
“I got to the bullpen, took a chair and put it right there because I wanted to see the game from the center court,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t think that what I was sitting there would have a big deal. I just went out to rest and it was a good view. ”