Pedro Martinez, Mets Get Rocked in Colorado

Patrick MurraySenior Analyst IJune 22, 2008

Jose Reyes led off the game with a triple and immediately scored on a Luis Castillo sacrifice fly to put the Mets on top right out of the gate on June 21.

Pedro Martinez looked like the Pedro of old through the first four innings while holding the Rockies scoreless.

However, Martinez was only able to get one out in the fifth.

The inning started with a bang as Garret Atkins and Brad Hawpe hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches.

After a Troy Tulowitzki double, Pedro was able to strike out Chris Iannetta, but he couldn't stop the bleeding.

The Rockies put together four consecutive hits—a Ubaldo Jimenez single, a Willy Taveras RBI single, a Jeff Baker RBI double, and finally, a Matt Holliday two-run single. This string of hits put the Rockies up 6-1, and chased Pedro from the game.

Ubaldo Jimenez had an excellent performance on the mound for Colorado. The 24-year-old Jimenez allowed just two hits and one run over eight innings while inducing 15 ground-ball outs.

Todd Helton helped him out in the eighth, making a fantastic diving stop and a flip to first, on a play that surely was a web gem.

The Mets were finally able to muster a bit of offense in the ninth, as they loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Luis Vizcaino. However, they were unable to push a run across.

In the rubber game on Sunday, the Mets' young 6-foot-7 right-hander Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 4.62 ERA) will face the Rockies' 6-foot-7 rookie Greg Reynolds (2-4, 5.98).

Player of the Game: Ubaldo Jimenez—W, 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K