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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 85 - Cubs at Mets - Davis, Valdespin Homer in Mets Win

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Chi. Cubs (32-52)000001000180
N.Y. Mets (46-39) «01200000x390

W: D. Gee (6-7) L: J. Samardzija (6-8)
S: B. Parnell (2)

HR: CHC - None   NYM - J. Valdespin (4),I. Davis (12)

Dillon Gee had a much easier time against the Cubs than he did 12 days earlier, giving up just one run in eight innings on Saturday to lead the Mets to a 3-1 win.

Gee (6-7) battled to make pitches against the Cubs last week, lasting just five innings in a 5-3 loss. But he breezed through the first four innings of this one and had little trouble after that, allowing seven hits and striking out four with no walks to snap a two-start losing streak.

Valdespin Connects
It was only his second win in his last eight outings. Ike Davis hit a two-run homer and Jordany Valdespin had a solo shot to back his start. Bobby Parnell escaped a leadoff double by Anthony Rizzo in the ninth for his second save.

The Cubs won the opener of the three-game series 8-7 on Friday, escaping a three-run Mets rally in the ninth inning, but they had little success against Gee on Saturday.

Starter Jeff Samardzija (6-8) took the loss, allowing three runs in seven innings. The righty, who beat the Braves his last time out to snap a four- start losing streak, gave up seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Mets improved to 7-3 in their last 10. They also beat Samardzija on June 27, getting nine runs off him in 4 1/3 innings in a 17-1 win.

"I didn't think I pitched bad early," said Samardzija. "It's just those two homers. Those pitches over the plate will get you."

Gee faced the minimum through four innings. Starlin Castro singled in the first but was caught stealing and Samardzija bunted into a double play in the third after a Luis Valbuena single.

The Mets righty considered his early success a bonus considering the first few innings are when he's usually trying to figure things out.

"If I go out there and can put up zeroes," he said, "it allows me to find it."

Meanwhile, the Mets built a 3-0 lead on the homers by Valdespin and Davis.

Valdespin hit a one-out blast in the second inning, his fourth of the season, and Davis knocked his 12th off the upper deck with two outs in the third to make it 3-0, scoring Ruben Tejada after a leadoff single.

Valbuena doubled to start the sixth inning and came around on a David DeJesus single for Chicago's only run.

Rizzo was stranded at second base in the ninth inning. Tejada made an over- the-shoulder catch on Bryan LaHair's pop-up for the second out, tracking the ball to shallow left-center field, and Parnell struck out Steve Clevenger to end the game.

Game Notes

The Cubs are 3-2 in the season series. Sunday is their last meeting of the year...The Mets are 3-2 on a six-game homestand and the Cubs are 3-3 on a seven-game road trip.

Box Score:

David DeJesus CF401100000.271
Starlin Castro SS401000000.288
Anthony Rizzo 1B402010000.386
Alfonso Soriano LF400000001.266
Bryan LaHair RF401000002.287
Steve Clevenger C400000002.269
Darwin Barney 2B301000000.263
Luis Valbuena 3B312010000.224
Jeff Samardzija P200000000.172
  Reed Johnson PH100000000.297
  Scott Maine P000000000.000
  Manuel Corpas P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS412000000.327
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.289
David Wright 3B301000011.352
Ike Davis 1B411200100.205
Lucas Duda RF301000011.253
Jordany Valdespin LF312100100.254
  Scott Hairston PH-LF100000000.249
Josh Thole C300000000.269
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF301000001.268
Dillon Gee P300000000.148
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000

LOB_Chicago Cubs 5, NY Mets 6. 2B_A.Rizzo, L.Valbuena. HR_J.Valdespin (4) off J.Samardzija, I.Davis (12) off J.Samardzija. SB_D.Wright (9). CS_S.Castro. GIDP_J.Samardzija, D.Murphy, I.Davis. DP_Chicago Cubs 2 (D.Barney, S.Castro and A.Rizzo 2); NY Mets 1 (J.Thole, R.Tejada and D.Murphy).

Jeff Samardzija (L 6-8)7.073324299-644.71
Scott Maine0.220000011-76.28
Manuel Corpas0.10000002-11.93
Dillon Gee (W 6-7)8.0711040105-714.10
Bobby Parnell (S 2)1.010001026-172.83

T_2:33. A_26096.
Umpires_Home,Paul Nauert; First, Doug Eddings; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Angel Campos.

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