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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sad Recap: Game 58 - Mets (1) at Cubs (2) - Mets Blow it in Chicago


New York


W: H. Rondon (1-1) L: S. Rice (1-2)
HR: NYM - None   CHC - C. Coghlan (1)


Nate Schierholtz was one of the few dependable hitters in Cubs lineup a season ago. Now, he is starting to show signs he can shake out of an early season rut.

Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan hit a home run to tie it in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It was the first game-ending hit for the Cubs this season.

Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets failed to win a season-high four consecutive games.

Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). After New York third baseman David Wright was unable to turn a hard-hit grounder into a double play, Schierholtz pulled a liner into the right-field corner against the left-handed Rice to win it.

Schierholtz hit .251 with home 21 home runs last season for the Cubs.

The Mets squandered an opportunity in the third when they had bases loaded and failed to score.
"We gave this away," Wright said. "Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth and then we had numerous chances to put that team away. We couldn't do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one, that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late."
Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15-inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the lefty-swinging hitting Coghlan's first home run against a lefty pitcher since 2010.

After only giving up one run in 6 1/3 innings to the Phillies on Thursday, Wheeler gave the Mets another strong outing. He had little trouble going against an overmatched Chicago offense. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base.

The struggles continued for Rizzo, who was ejected after striking out in his first at-bat on Sunday. He struck out three times against Wheeler and dropped a routine pop up in the eighth.

Matt den Dekker led off the game with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on Granderson's sacrifice fly.

The Mets had the bases loaded in the third with no outs, but failed to score. Chris Young hit a sharp grounder to Rizzo. Rizzo threw home to get the force. Lucas Duda popped out to Starlin Castro at shortstop and Wilmer Flores lined out to starter Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta allowed one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three.

Arrieta's night ended early with a high pitch count. Cubs manager Rick Renteria was forced to pull the 28-year old right-hander after he walked Duda with two outs in the fifth on his 105th pitch.


Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Wednesday. Left-handed batters are hitting just .093 (4-for-43) against Matsuzaka. ... Cubs top minor prospect Javier Baez is hitting .219 with seven home runs and 25 RBI for Triple-A Iowa. He is in a 1 for 12 slump. ... Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant is batting .351 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI for Double-A Tennessee. ...Cubs placed C Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list because of a rib injury and designated relief pitcher Jose Veras for assignment.

Box Score:

Matt den Dekker CF512000001.214
Daniel Murphy 2B501000000.292
David Wright 3B200000021.294
Curtis Granderson RF303100000.212
Chris Young LF400000001.195
Lucas Duda 1B301000010.242
Wilmer Flores SS401000002.241
Travis d`Arnaud C401000000.190
Zack Wheeler P100000000.056
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Bobby Abreu PH100000000.309
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
Emilio Bonifacio 2B301000010.270
Junior Lake CF400000002.244
Anthony Rizzo 1B411000003.267
Starlin Castro SS400000001.267
Luis Valbuena 3B300000011.257
Nate Schierholtz RF403100001.224
Chris Coghlan LF311100101.154
John Baker C300000001.154
Jake Arrieta P100000001.222
  Brian Schlitter P0000000001.000
  Darwin Barney PH100000000.177
  James Russell P000000000.000
  Neil Ramirez P000000000.000
  Justin Ruggiano PH100000001.234
  Hector Rondon P000000000.000

E_A.Rizzo. LOB_NY Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 5. HR_C.Coghlan (1) off J.Edgin. SF_C.Granderson. S_Z.Wheeler 2. SB_M.den Dekker (1), C.Granderson (3), E.Bonifacio (13). CS_N.Schierholtz. GIDP_D.Murphy. DP_Chicago Cubs 1 (E.Bonifacio, S.Castro and A.Rizzo).

Zack Wheeler6.2200270107-673.89
Josh Edgin (B 1)0.211102111-92.84
Vic Black0.210002014-80.00
Scott Rice (L 1-2)0.221101016-135.40
Jake Arrieta4.2711320105-643.00
Brian Schlitter1.100001014-82.10
James Russell1.110001028-213.14
Neil Ramirez0.20000109-60.73
Hector Rondon (W 1-1)1.010000013-71.52

T_3:19. A_34897.
Umpires_Home,Tim Welke; First, Todd Tichenor; Second, Clint Fagan; Third, Tim Timmons.
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