Rookie Stephenson strikes down nine
The New York Mets (72-66, 2nd NL East) came into Cinci and stuck to a game plan that was executed flawlessly as they blanked the Reds 5-0 on a lazy labor day extended weekend. Matt Reynolds and Kelly Johnson slammed solo homers before a three run seventh inning closing the door on the Reds. Bartolo Colon went six scoreless innings for the Mets, who inched to a half game closer to the second wild card spot.
“Colon was really rolling good. He really was,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We saw a real masterful pitcher pitch a great game. I saw him when he was a hard-throwing guy when he was throwing 100 [mph]. You can teach a lot of pitchers how to pitch by being able to manage less stuff with really good command and movement.”
Rookie Robert Stephenson gave up two earned runs and five hits with one walk over 5 1/3 innings, while striking out nine batters.
“I think it’s just the confidence. It’s being here, already knowing I am here,” Stephenson said. “There’s not too much else to be doing other than just going out there and having fun. I am not trying to get back to this level because I am already here.
The Reds will have two more opportunities to get a game on the Mets beginning tonight at 6:10. The Reds will march out LHP Brandon Finnigen (8-10, 4.19 ERA)to the mound to start the game while the Mets will spot start RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.68 ERA)