The Colorado Rockies could not have put up a worse answer to the painful way they ended the series in Texas on Sunday with a much worse performance on Monday night in a series opener against the New York Mets.
They battled a bit with elite pitcher Jacob DeGrom early and got a decent though far-from-stellar outing from Tyler Anderson but the bullpen has been so bad lately that almost every other aspect of the game has begun to feel like an afterthought.
Things got off to an inauspicious start with the very first at-bat of the game in which Brandon Nimmo hit a high line drive off the wall in front of the Rockies bullpen in right-center field. Carlos Gonzalez overran the ball in pursuit and it bounced back toward his original position allowing Nimmo to circle all the way around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Anderson got through the rest of the first without further incident but was touched again in the second by a leadoff double from Michael Conforto who came in on a pair of productive groundouts from Devin Meseraco and Jose Bautista.
The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the second on doubles from Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra. But with the tying run at second, neither Ian Desmond nor Tom Murphy could muster a base hit, ultimately stranding Parra at third.
After an easy third, Anderson was greeted by a long homer off the bat of Wilmer Flores in the fourth, a deep shot to left-center.