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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Recap: Game 40 - Mets (2) at Cubs (8) - Hefner falls to 0-5

N.Y. Mets (16-24)000000002291
Chi. Cubs (18-24)«00041003x8111

W: S. Feldman (4-3) L: J. Hefner (0-5)
HR: NYM - R. Ankiel (7)   CHC - A. Rizzo (10),N. Schierholtz (5)


Scott Feldman pitched into the seventh inning and contributed two RBI as Chicago took an 8-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of three from Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Feldman (4-3) scattered seven hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision and added a two-run double in the fourth inning to help the Cubs win for a fifth time in seven games.

"He's not letting left-handers beat him and his cutter has been incredible," said Chicago manager Dale Sveum about Feldman. "He's able to bounce his curveball when he has to and throw it for a strike. Everything is working for him."

Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rizzo each gave a solo home run in the win for Chicago.

Jeremy Hefner (0-5) gave up four runs on five hits in just four innings of work for the Mets, who had won their previous two after dropping six straight.

"I want to win and I want the team to win," said Hefner. "Obviously we didn't do that today and I need to make some adjustments out there to get back on track."

The Cubs had stranded runners on first and third with one out in the second, but finally broke through in the fourth.

Rizzo singled to right to leadoff and Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch. After Schierholtz singled to load the bases, Luis Valbuena brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly and Welington Castillo followed with an RBI single. Two batters later, Feldman doubled to right for a 4-0 lead.

Rizzo homered off of Robert Carson to start the fifth and Schierholtz gave a leadoff blast in the eighth. Later in the eighth, David DeJesus dropped a bloop single into right to chase in two more runners for an 8-0 lead.

The Mets had men on second and third in both the first and second innings, but Feldman was able to get out of the jams without any damage.

With one on and two out in the seventh, Feldman stepped off the mound for James Russell, who got Mike Baxter to hit into a fielder's choice to end the frame.

Russell then tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but Hector Rondon allowed a two-run home run to Rick Ankiel in the ninth to spoil Chicago's attempt at its first shutout of the season.

Game Notes

Ankiel and Daniel Murphy each had two hits for the Mets ... Dillon Gee takes the mound for New York in the finale on Sunday and will be opposed by Travis Wood for Chicago ... The Mets were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while Chicago was 4-for-9 with RISP.

Box Score:

Mike Baxter RF401000001.232
Daniel Murphy 2B402000001.301
David Wright 3B401000002.317
Ike Davis 1B400000000.156
Lucas Duda LF401000000.213
John Buck C311000010.228
Rick Ankiel CF412200101.300
Ruben Tejada SS400000000.211
Jeremy Hefner P000000000.000
  Marlon Byrd PH101000000.276
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000001.305
  Collin McHugh P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000000.224
David DeJesus CF401200012.288
Starlin Castro SS500000001.279
Anthony Rizzo 1B422100100.282
Alfonso Soriano LF311010000.265
  Hector Rondon P000000000.000
Nate Schierholtz RF422100100.286
Luis Valbuena 3B201100010.267
Welington Castillo C411100001.280
Darwin Barney 2B411000000.198
Scott Feldman P301210001.150
  James Russell P000000000.000
  Ryan Sweeney PH-LF111010000.267

E_I.Davis, S.Castro. LOB_NY Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6. 2B_A.Soriano, S.Feldman, R.Sweeney. HR_R.Ankiel (2) off H.Rondon, A.Rizzo (10) off R.Carson, N.Schierholtz (5) off C.McHugh. SF_L.Valbuena. S_J.Hefner. SB_D.Wright (10). CS_D.Murphy. GIDP_J.Buck, W.Castillo. DP_NY Mets 1 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and I.Davis); Chicago Cubs 1 (L.Valbuena, D.Barney and A.Rizzo).

Jeremy Hefner (L 0-5)4.054423076-455.00
Robert Carson2.011101122-1610.64
Collin McHugh2.053301130-2113.50
Scott Feldman (W 4-3)6.2700160109-682.19
James Russell1.10000009-80.52
Hector Rondon1.022200113-104.60

HBP_by J.Hefner (A.Soriano).
T_2:51. A_38766.
Umpires_Home,Manny Gonzalez; First, Jordan Baker; Second, Dan Bellino; Third, Wally Bell.

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