[sny-box color="fff"]Matt Harvey was spectacular, throwing a complete game 4-hitter, walking none and striking out 6.
Wilmer Flores notched his first career hit with a single in the second and his first 3 career RBIs in the eighth with a bases-clearing double.
Ike Davis continued to look better at the plate, hitting his third double in the last two days.
The Mets held Tulowitzki, who has owned Citi Field in the past, hitless for the second night in a row.
Juan Lagares drew a walk. Yes, that Lagares.
To get a full recap and boxscore, check out this link to SNY.TV.
It was amazing to see Harvey turn around after his rough outing in Miami and simply dominate in one of the best games of his career - his first career complete game. He was in complete control the entire time, pitching efficiently and with pinpoint command. He pitched to more contact than usual, striking out just 6, but it worked for him and helped him to go all the way. He brought his two-seamer into play and used it to generate a lot of weak grounders. He basically just shut down the Rockies on his fifth best pitch. It's almost unfair.
I'm not sure what more can be said about Harvey in this game. He made great hitters look bad and bad hitters look terrible. Since the All-Star break, he's given up no earned runs in 3 of his 4 starts and in that stretch he has walked only 1 in almost 30 innings. He's simply locked in, as good as he's ever been. He's just a joy to watch and he makes me so proud to be a Mets fan.
Wilmer Flores had a great game after an uneventful debut last night. He notched his first career hit, a single, and then in a huge spot, after the Rockies intentionally walked Ike Davis to load the bases, he came up big and hit a line drive double into left field to score 3. Harvey was on the verge of his complete game at that point and those insurance runs were invaluable. With Harvey inducing a ton of ground balls, Flores also got several opportunities in the field and he handled himself very well, if somewhat cautiously, making every play and throwing cleanly to first. It's still too early to come to conclusions about him on either side of the ball, but it's nice to see him getting a taste of success right away. He has plenty of time to settle in and if he keeps moving in this direction, we should see some nice play from him this season.
Coming off of sweeps at home at the hands of the Rockies in 2011 and 2012, this has been a great series for the Mets. The offense was weak early, as it was last night, but the pitching has been fantastic and the 3-run eighth inning was just what the doctor ordered. The whole team has played solidly after a tough weekend and the loss of their captain. If the team can ride this momentum into their upcoming road trip, they may finally shake off their second half woes and stay fun to watch into September. With young players starting to stake their claims, this is one of those nights that makes me start to dream about serious contention in 2014.
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Tomorrow at 12:10 pm ET, the Mets wrap up their 3-game series against the Rockies, with Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97 ERA) facing TBA.