Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recap: Game 75 - Mets at Cubs - Cubs beat Mets 5-3


Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

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N.Y. Mets (39-36)020100000381
Chi. Cubs (26-48) «00310001x5122

W: S. Maine (1-1) L: D. Gee (5-6)
S: C. Marmol (5)

HR: NYM - None   CHC - None

Recap:
Anthony Rizzo's RBI double in the fourth proved to be the difference as the Chicago Cubs took a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the second of three games from Wrigley Field.

Alfonso Soriano, Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney all drove in a run for the Cubs, who have taken the first two of this set after dropping four straight.

Randy Wells lasted just three-plus innings and was charged with three runs on six hits with four walks. Scott Maine (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the first win of his career.

David Wright and Josh Thole both drove in a run for the Mets, who matched a season high with their fourth straight loss. Dillon Gee (5-6) gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings and also drove in a run in the loss.

"I was out there battling and trying to make some pitches, but I left some of them up there and they got a hold of them," said Gee. "They were just able to put the ball in the right spots."

The Mets grabbed the first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the second inning. With two outs, Scott Hairston singled and Daniel Murphy followed suit. Thole and Gee then scored a run each with a single for a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs, though, went up in the third. David DeJesus led off with a single and Starlin Castro walked. A groundout moved the runners up a base and DeJesus scored when Alfonso Soriano grounded out. After Bryan LaHair drew a walk, Valbuena doubled to scored Castro and Barney followed with an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.

New York tied the game in the fourth thanks to Wright's sac fly that plated Thole, but Chicago went back on top in the home portion.

Steve Clevenger singled to start the frame, but the next two batters recorded outs. After Castro singled, Rizzo punched a double to center for a 4-3 lead.

"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo, who made his Major League debut in the game. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."

Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth when, with men on first and second, Reed Johnson hit a grounder to short for a single that saw Ruben Tejada throw the ball away, allowing Barney to cross the plate for a 5-3 lead.

Carlos Marmol worked around a leadoff walk to Wright in the ninth to grab his fifth save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base. The left at least one man on base in each inning after the first...Chicago stranded nine, but did have four hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position...Mets first baseman Ike Davis was ejected from the game by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez in the eighth inning for arguing a call. Davis made contact with Gonzalez on the arm with his glove.

Box Score:

NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300000012.277
  Justin Hampson P000000000.000
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS400000011.291
David Wright 3B300100011.354
Lucas Duda RF400000011.260
Ike Davis 1B401010000.192
  Omar Quintanilla 2B100000000.269
Scott Hairston LF411000011.257
Daniel Murphy 2B-1B411000000.268
Josh Thole C412100000.267
Dillon Gee P101100010.130
  Ronny Cedeno PH101000000.273
  Jeremy Hefner P000000000.333
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH101000000.256
  Andres Torres PR-CF000000000.213
Totals3438310066
Chicago CubsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
David DeJesus CF512000001.268
Starlin Castro SS411000010.301
Anthony Rizzo 1B402110000.500
Alfonso Soriano LF200100001.271
  Carlos Marmol P000000000.000
Bryan LaHair RF310000011.281
  Joe Mather RF000000000.244
Luis Valbuena 3B402110000.225
Darwin Barney 2B412100001.268
Steve Clevenger C412000001.261
Randy Wells P100000001.250
  Scott Maine P100000001.000
  James Russell P100000000.000
  Shawn Camp P000000000.000
  Reed Johnson PH-LF101000000.285
Totals34512420027


E_R.Tejada, L.Valbuena 2. LOB_NY Mets 12, Chicago Cubs 9. 2B_I.Davis, A.Rizzo, L.Valbuena. SF_D.Wright. S_K.Nieuwenhuis. SB_S.Hairston (4), A.Torres (6). CS_K.Nieuwenhuis.

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Dillon Gee (L 5-6)5.094426093-634.42
Jeremy Hefner1.100001015-95.33
Tim Byrdak0.20000006-43.15
Justin Hampson0.121000011-70.00
Miguel Batista0.210000013-84.03
Chicago CubsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Randy Wells3.063343079-435.34
Scott Maine (W 1-1)2.000010030-157.15
James Russell (H 7)1.210001021-152.52
Shawn Camp (H 6)1.110000023-143.10
Carlos Marmol (S 5)1.000012017-95.57


R.Wells pitched to 2 batters in the 4th.

HBP_by D.Gee (A.Soriano), by J.Hefner (A.Soriano).
T_3:17. A_34064.
Umpires_Home,Phil Cuzzi; First, Manny Gonzalez; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Gerry Davis.
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