August 22nd 2015: Terry Collins first place Mets visited the Rocky Mountains with a weekend series at Coors Field in Denver.
It was to be a historic offensive night for the most recent Mets player Yoenis Cespedes who was acquired on the July 31st non waiver trade deadline. Since his arrival, as well as the additions of Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson & rookie Michael Conforto, the Mets have become a true first place team. Tonight Cespedes had one of the biggest games of his career as well one of the best any Mets player has ever had at the plate.
Tonight's starters Bartolo Colon for New York & John Gray for Colorado would have a tough time of it and not factor in the decagons what so ever.
In the 1st inning, Cespedes doubled with two out for his first hit, he then scored his first run when Lucas Duda singled him in. The Rockies tied it on a solo HR by Carlos Gonzalez. In the 2nd the Mets had a huge inning, Kelly Johnson singled, Michael Conforto walked & pitcher Bartolo Colon was hit by a pitch. Base hits by Curtis Granderson & Daniel Murphy made it 3-1 New York.
Next up the star of the night Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam HR to left center field, it was his first of the night putting the Mets up 7-1. In the 4th inning Cespedes added his second of the night a solo shot making it 8-1 Mets.
But those pesky Rockies didn't let up, in the light air of Coors field they battled back to eventually tie the game, knocking out Colon in the 4th inning, giving way to Sean Gilmartin. In the home 5th, after Gilmartin gave up the tying run, Curtis Granderson made a fantastic double play throwing out Nick Hundley at the plate trying to score.
In the 6th inning, after Murphy walked, Cespedes answered back with his third HR of the night, another blast to right center field, it was his 23rd of the year.
In the 8th he added a double & a stolen base, scoring his fifth run of the night on a Wilmer Flores double.
The Mets went on to a 14-9 win, going up five games on the second place Washington Nats, the Mets largest lead of the year (so far).
Cespedes' night was historic as he become the first player in MLB history to hit three HRs in a game, collect five hits, drive in seven runs, score five runs, & steal a base in the same game. His 15 total bases were the second most by a Met (after Edgardo Alfonzo 16) in team history.
His three HRs also marked the first time in team history that three different Mets players (Cespedes, Lucas Duda & Kirk Nieuwenhuis) have homered three times in a game. His seven RBIs are tied for third most in a game in team history as well.
Quotes: Mets Manager Terry Collins- "I haven't seen anything like that, He just continues to display some of the things that everybody says he can do. When you see it, you just shake your head because he's a special talent."
Trivia: In a bit of humor Cespedes said through his interpreter Ricky Bones (Mets bullpen coach), that Juan Uribe egged him on to hit a third HR by saying: "anybody can hit two HRs in this park."