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Lucchesi in Colorado close shot from first base side

Lucchesi in Colorado close shot from first base side

The Mets split a doubleheader with the Rockies, as they fell in the nightcap, 7-2.

Here are the takeaways from the night game…

1. Joey Lucchesi’s first start as a Met didn’t quite go as he would have liked. He allowed four hits, two of them doubles, and three runs in his first inning of work. He settled down in the second, however, and retired eight of his final nine batters. He also struck out three batters in his three innings of work.

2. Robert Gsellman was the first man out of the bullpen, and was unscathed in his first inning of the year. Jacob Barnes relieved Gsellman in the fifth, and his outing wasn’t as easy. After the Rockies dinked and dunked their way to a run, Josh Fuentes drilled a three-run home run to put the Rockies up 7-2. In all, Barnes finished with four earned in his lone inning of work.

3. The Mets’ offense didn’t fare very well, either, as German Marquez retired the first nine batters he faced. In the fourth, Jeff McNeil laced a two-run double to cut the Mets’ deficit to a run, but that, and a Brandon Nimmo single in the fourth, were the Mets’ only hits in the nightcap, and Marquez tossed a “complete game” (seven innings, so we won’t give him all the credit).

4. Coming up as the lead run in the fifth, with Dominic Smith on first, the red-hot Nimmo worked into a 3-1 count, but grounded out the third to end the threat.

5. After each had an impressive game one, Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto, and Pete Alonso combined to go 0-for-8 in the nightcap.

6. Trevor Hildenberger made his first appearance of the year, and struck out two while allowing one hit.


What’s next?

Marcus Stroman (2-0, 0.75 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets as they try to win the three-game set. Antonio Senzatela will take the ball for the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday.