The New York Mets (18-11) defeated the San Diego Padres (13-18) tonight at Petco Park by the final score of 6-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Bartolo Colon hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 2nd inning. He also pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and only walked 1.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 with a 2-run HR.
- David Wright was 2-2 with a solo HR, and 3 walks.
- Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a solo HR and a walk.
- Kevin Plawecki was 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 9th inning to receive his 9th save of the season.
Tonight’s ball game will not be remembered for anything else other than Bartolo Colon’s home run heard around the world. It was truly a special moment and I honestly couldn’t believe what I was witnessing as he rounded the bases. Colon made waves during the spring when went deep during pitchers batting practice and many were disappointed when there was no video evidence. Colon made sure there was video evidence tonight when he uncorked his 357 foot bomb to left field. With the home run, Colon became the oldest major leaguer to hit his first career home run at 42 years old and 349 days. Surprisingly Colon isn’t the oldest Met to ever hit a home run as that title belongs to the ageless Julio Franco, who did it back in May of 2007, at the age of 48. Oh yeah Colon did an admirable job on the mound as well, as his lone mistake came off the bat of Padres center fielder Jon Jay who hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the third.
The Mets home run party continued tonight which obviously included Bartolo Colon. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two run bomb in the top of the first inning to give the Mets the early lead. Cespedes has been nothing short of spectacular since coming to the Mets. In 82 games since being acquired Cespedes has hit .288 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI’s. Those numbers would be good for the equivalent of half of a season, which are numbers many great players around the league put up in a full season. Also David Wright and Michael Conforto went back-to-back in the top of the 9th to put the Mets up comfortably by three runs. The Mets have hit six back-to-back home runs this season which leads the majors. 57% of the Mets runs have come by the long ball, which just goes to show how much the Mets are dependent on hitting home runs to win ball games.
Colon’s home run will go down as one of the greatest moments in Mets history, and I have provided a video of tonight’s moment below so you can relive it over and over again.
- The Mets will go for the split of the four game series in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:40 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on WPIX.
- Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76 ERA) will get the start for the Mets opposing Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85 ERA).