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.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.