Bartolo Colon was in complete control on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. The 41-year-old, 285-pound hurler was perfect through 6.2 innings at Safeco Field before Robinson Cano slapped a 2 out single to left field. In the midst of intense trade rumors, Colon certainly upped his stock, earning his ninth win of the season and leading the Mets to a series victory over the upstart Mariners.
"You just sensed it in the first inning," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Probably the second hitter you said, 'He's on today.' We saw some funny swings from good hitters. That's when you say, 'Score some runs for him today, because he's going to dominate.'" (DiComo, MLB)
Colon successfully pumped his versatile fastball into the strike zone all game long, as it cut, dipped and swerved around Mariner bats. He would go on to retire the first twenty men who came to face him. At 6.2 innings, Wednesday’s performance was the longest Colon had gone perfect into a game in his entire 17 year MLB career.
"Check the resume -- he's pretty good," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Colon. "Listen, I've seen him do it to a lot of clubs, a lot of powerhouse clubs. Today was his day. I'm not going to sit here and over analyze that." (DiComo, MLB)
The Mets provided some early run support when Daniel Murphy doubled home Eric Young Jr. However, the club again fell victim to the offensive struggles that have plagued them on this road trip.
Recently recalled pitcher Taijuan Walker dominated the Mets in the early portion of the game. However, after drilling Ruben Tejada in the head with a 94 mph fastball in the 5th inning, the Mariner’s pitcher was clearly shaken. He struggled with his command, walking 3 of the next 5 batters before being pulled by McClendon.
When asked if hitting Tejada had affected the rest of his outing, Walker responded, "Definitely. You never want to hit anybody in the head, especially with a fastball. It's a scary thing, but you have to kind of shake it off and get back into the game. But it is tough." (DiComo, MLB)
The Mariner’s nearly tied the game in the 8th inning when Brad Miller crushed a ball to deep right-center that caromed off the top of the wall. Scoring one run on the play, Seattle would eventually score another run on a ground out by Willie Bloomquist. From there, the increasingly dependable tandem of Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia shut the door and secured the victory for New York.
The 3-2 win salvaged a 3-3 trip to the west coast and brought the Mets back to within 5 games of .500. With the trade deadline looming, the Mets pending four game series against the Brewers is of the utmost importance. The outcome of this series could directly affect the decisions of the front office at the trade deadline, which is now just a week away.
That four game set begins tonight when Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.96 ERA) takes on Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA) and the first place Brewers. Gee will look to rebound from a rough outing in San Diego where he allowed 4 earned runs and a couple of long blasts over just 5 innings.