Sunday, June 16, 2013

Recap: Game 63 - Cubs (5) at Mets (2) - Cubs better than Mets, Mets Sucking it up in the National League - Drop three straight


Chi. Cubs (28-38) «0002000305111
N.Y. Mets (24-39)000100010262

W: S. Feldman (6-5) L: J. Niese (3-6) S: K. Gregg (9)
HR: CHC - None   NYM - None

Recap:

Scott Feldman tossed seven solid innings and knocked in two runs, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets, 5-2, in the second test of a three-game series.

Feldman (6-5) allowed one run on two hits while striking out six for the Cubs, who have won three in a row.

"The guys behind me played some great defense," Feldman said. "It seemed like they were running down balls all over the outfield today for me which is pretty helpful."

Starlin Castro also drove in two runs for Chicago, which placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. Cody Ransom drove in the other run.

Jordany Valdespin and David Wright each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have dropped three straight.

New York starter Jonathon Niese (3-6) gave up two runs on six hits while walking four over 5 2/3 frames. The left-hander has just one victory in his last 10 starts.

"I just have to stay positive...can't be afraid to fail," Niese said of his struggles. "I think that's the biggest thing. If you're afraid to fail, you're going to fail."

The Cubs scored a pair of runs in the fourth to break a 0-0 tie. Anthony Rizzo and Scott Hairston walked to start the inning, and the runners moved up a base on Ryan Sweeney's groundout before scoring on Feldman's single up the middle.

Chicago loaded the bases later in the frame, but Castro struck out swinging.

The Mets got one run back in the bottom half of the frame. Daniel Murphy doubled to left and raced home on Wright's double to right.

However, Feldman retired the final 12 batters he faced to keep the Cubs ahead.

Chicago tacked on three more runs in the eighth off Scott Rice and Brandon Lyon. Welington Castillo singled and pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz walked. Lyon took over on the mound and gave up a single to Darwin Barney to load the bases, and Ransom walked to force in a run before Castro hit a two-run double to left.

The Mets responded with one run in the bottom half, when Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva gave up an RBI single to Valdespin. New York, though, stranded runners on second and third.

Kevin Gregg tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season.

Game Notes

Niese fell to 2-4 lifetime against the Cubs ... Chicago activated pitcher Shawn Camp off the 15-day disabled list to take DeJesus' roster spot ... The Cubs went 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 ... New York selected the contract of pitcher Carlos Torres from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioned pitcher Greg Burke to Las Vegas and designated pitcher Collin McHugh for assignment.

Box Score:

Chicago CubsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Darwin Barney 2B612000000.213
Cody Ransom 3B402100021.250
Starlin Castro SS601210003.237
Alfonso Soriano LF500000000.257
Anthony Rizzo 1B210000030.249
Scott Hairston RF411000010.157
  Carlos Villanueva P000000000.176
  Kevin Gregg P000000000.000
Welington Castillo C412000011.261
Ryan Sweeney CF402020000.338
Scott Feldman P301200001.207
  Nate Schierholtz PH-RF010000020.295
Totals38511530096
NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Jordany Valdespin 2B401100001.214
Daniel Murphy 1B411010000.285
David Wright 3B301110011.297
Marlon Byrd RF401000002.253
Lucas Duda LF400000000.224
Justin Turner SS400000000.269
Anthony Recker C300000002.158
  John Buck PH100000000.217
Juan Lagares CF411000001.203
Jon Niese P200000001.211
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH101000000.103
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
Totals3426220018


E_C.Ransom, J.Valdespin, L.Hawkins. LOB_Chicago Cubs 16, NY Mets 6. 2B_S.Castro, R.Sweeney 2, D.Murphy, D.Wright. S_R.Sweeney. SB_S.Castro (6), D.Murphy (3).

Chicago CubsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Scott Feldman (W 6-5)7.0211160106-643.05
Carlos Villanueva1.031102019-153.80
Kevin Gregg (S 9)1.010000024-150.83
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Jon Niese (L 3-6)5.2622450106-684.15
LaTroy Hawkins1.100010019-114.00
Scott Rice0.11221008-34.97
Brandon Lyon0.221120027-153.38
Greg Burke1.020011018-113.15


IBB_off L.Hawkins (A.Rizzo), off B.Lyon (A.Rizzo), off G.Burke (N.Schierholtz).
T_3:32. A_27004.
Umpires_Home,Vic Carapazza; First, Lance Barrett; Second, Lance Barksdale; Third, Gary Cederstrom.
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