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Friday, June 06, 2014

Recap: Game 60 - Mets (4) at Cubs (7) - Mets Get Swept in Chi-Town


New York


W: J. Grimm (2-2) L: V. Black (1-1) S: N. Ramirez (1)
HR: NYM - A. Brown (2)   CHC - T. Wood (2),A. Rizzo (11)


Anthony Rizzo's tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Chicago Cubs to their first series sweep of the season, capped by Thursday's 7-4 triumph over the New York Mets.

Rizzo finished 2-for-4 and Junior Lake had a two-run triple in Chicago's third victory against the Mets in as many days. Starting pitcher Travis Wood drove in three runs, two of which came on a homer in the second inning.

Wood walked five and hit a batter in five-plus innings on the mound, but held the Mets to two runs while not factoring in the final outcome. Justin Grimm (2-2) received the win despite allowing a game-tying two-run homer to Andrew Brown in the top of the seventh.

Ruben Tejada and Chris Young added RBI singles for New York. Mets starter Jacob deGrom lasted just five innings, permitting four runs while walking three.

After the Mets roared back from a 4-0 deficit with a two-run sixth inning and Brown's blast in the top of the seventh, Rizzo put Chicago back in front by hammering a fastball from Vic Black (1-1) deep into the seats in right-center in the Cubs' portion of the inning.

Lake's two-out triple into the gap in right center provided some insurance in the eighth, coming after the Mets opted to intentionally walk Emilio Bonifacio with Darwin Barney stationed at second.

Neil Ramirez had no trouble protecting the three-run lead in the ninth, retiring the side in order for his first career save.

Wood had yielded just one hit through the first three innings and helped his cause in the second with his eighth career homer, part of a three-run frame extended by a successful challenge by Renteria.

Luis Valbuena reached on a leadoff double and later took third on a force play before attempting to score on an Eli Whiteside fly ball. He was called out on a strong throw from Brown in left, but replays showed he narrowly evaded Travis d'Arnaud's tag and the call was overturned for the game's first run.

Wood then swatted deGrom's next pitch deep into the bleachers for a 3-0 advantage.

Chicago tacked on another run off deGrom an inning later when Barney doubled, moved to third on a grounder and beat Tejada's throw home on Wood's bouncer to short.

The Mets failed to score despite loading the bases in the top of the fourth, but a walk to Brown in the sixth was followed by singles from Wilmer Flores and Tejada that got New York on the board. Young cut the lead to 4-2 soon afterward with a bloop single off Brian Schlitter that plated Flores.

Grimm came on for Chicago in the seventh and surrendered a one-out single to Eric Campbell that preceded Brown's homer to left center.

Game Notes

The three-game sweep was the Cubs' first at Wrigley Field since July 13-15, 2012 against Arizona, and first over the Mets in Chicago since April 23-25, 2004 ... Brown had been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the game ... Wood's homer was his second this season, also having connected against Arizona on April 21 ... The Mets went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position for the game and 4-for-30 in those situations during the series ... Barney ended 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored ... Chicago chose Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber fourth overall in Thursday's MLB Draft, with the Mets taking Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto with the No. 10 pick.

Box Score:

Chris Young CF301100020.197
Curtis Granderson RF401000010.217
David Wright 3B500000000.285
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Eric Campbell 1B-3B411000013.289
Andrew Brown LF321200110.200
Wilmer Flores 2B512010000.254
Ruben Tejada SS301100011.230
Travis d`Arnaud C300000000.184
  Bobby Abreu PH100000000.283
  Anthony Recker C000000000.200
Jacob deGrom P201010000.556
  Daniel Murphy PH100000001.297
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Lucas Duda PH-1B100000000.243
Junior Lake LF501201000.241
  Neil Ramirez P000000000.000
Justin Ruggiano CF-LF300000012.231
Anthony Rizzo 1B412100101.274
Starlin Castro SS300000011.272
Luis Valbuena 3B412010001.270
Nate Schierholtz RF300000012.215
Darwin Barney 2B432020000.188
Eli Whiteside C300100001.000
Travis Wood P211300100.273
  Brian Schlitter P0000000001.000
  Chris Coghlan PH000000010.171
  Justin Grimm P000000000.000
  Pedro Strop P000000000.000
  Emilio Bonifacio PH-CF010000010.269

E_A.Rizzo, L.Valbuena. LOB_NY Mets 11, Chicago Cubs 6. 2B_W.Flores, J.deGrom, L.Valbuena, D.Barney 2. 3B_J.Lake. HR_A.Brown (2) off J.Grimm, T.Wood (2) off J.deGrom, A.Rizzo (11) off V.Black. SF_E.Whiteside. GIDP_W.Flores. DP_Chicago Cubs 1 (T.Wood, S.Castro and A.Rizzo).

Jacob deGrom5.054433190-593.19
Vic Black (L 1-1)1.211113133-211.17
Josh Edgin0.10000107-52.70
Jenrry Mejia1.022211020-154.35
Travis Wood5.042253092-515.04
Brian Schlitter (H 8)1.010001016-122.03
Justin Grimm (W 2-2;B 1)1.022200118-113.29
Pedro Strop (H 5)1.010010020-104.02
Neil Ramirez (S 1)1.000001017-130.68

T.Wood pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

IBB_off J.Mejia (E.Bonifacio). 
HBP_by T.Wood (A.Brown). 
T_3:16. A_28833.
Umpires_Home,Clint Fagan; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Tim Welke; Third, Todd Tichenor.
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