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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Recap for a Change: Game 123 - Cubs (2) at Mets (3) - Campbell HRs, Wheeler Racks Up Win - 11 K's, Mejia Saves It!



New York

W: Z. Wheeler (8-8) L: T. Wood (7-10) S: J. Mejia (18)
HR: CHC - None   NYM - E. Campbell (2)


Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to help lift the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the first match of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Zack Wheeler (8-8) tossed 6 2/3 strong innings for New York, scattering four hits and conceding only two runs. The right-hander tied his season high for strikeouts with 10 and improved his record to 5-0 in his last nine starts.

Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth inning en route to his 18th save of the season as the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak.

Travis Wood (7-10) struck out five over 5 1/3 innings, but was tagged with the loss for surrendering the
homer to Campbell. Wood is winless (0-5) in his last 11 starts.

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro drove in Chicago's two runs as the Cubs lost for just the second time in their last seven meetings with the Mets.

The Cubs put runners on first and second to start the second inning, but couldn't pick up a run in the frame. After Castro and Welington Castillo hit back-to-back singles, Wheeler recovered, striking out Arismendy Alcantara, Ryan Sweeney and Chris Valaika to end the inning.

Chicago took advantage of its chance in the third, scoring two runs. Wood drew a walk and Javier Baez singled. With runners on second and third and one away, Rizzo's groundout plated Wood to open the scoring. Castro then hit a grounder up the middle for an RBI single, scoring Baez. Wheeler hit Castillo with a fastball, but Alcantara popped out for the third out.

The Mets took the lead with three runs in the fourth. Wood walked the first two batters, David Wright and Lucas Duda, before getting Travis d'Arnaud to pop out in the infield. Campbell stepped to the plate and sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in left-center field to clear the bases.

Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and Mejia combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Mets. They struck out four batters and didn't allow a hit.

Game Notes

The Cubs and the Mets each finished with four hits. Chicago was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while New York was 1-for-4 ... Castro finished with two singles, extending his hitting streak to 14 games ... Wright had his hitting streak end at 13 games. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored ... Wood lost for the first time in six career meetings with the Mets. He hasn't won since beating the Phillies on June 15 ... Mejia has at least one strikeout in his last 10 outings.

Box Score:

Chris Coghlan LF300000011.282
Javier Baez 2B411000002.245
Anthony Rizzo 1B300100011.278
Starlin Castro SS402100002.286
Welington Castillo C201000011.237
Arismendy Alcantara CF400000001.212
Ryan Sweeney RF300000011.247
Chris Valaika 3B400000003.160
Travis Wood P110000011.261
  Justin Grimm P000000000.000
  Justin Ruggiano PH100000001.280
  Wesley Wright P000000000.000
  Pedro Strop P000000000.000
  Luis Valbuena PH100000000.233
Curtis Granderson RF300000010.222
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.303
David Wright 3B310000010.274
Lucas Duda 1B310000012.255
Travis d`Arnaud C301000011.230
Eric Campbell LF311300111.299
Juan Lagares CF301000000.277
Wilmer Flores SS200000010.231
  Jeurys Familia P0000000001.000
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Zack Wheeler P200000002.075
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Ruben Tejada PH-SS000000010.224

LOB_Chicago Cubs 7, NY Mets 6. HR_E.Campbell (2) off T.Wood. GIDP_C.Valaika. DP_Chicago Cubs 2 (R.Sweeney, A.Rizzo and W.Castillo), (C.Coghlan and C.Valaika); NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, W.Flores and L.Duda).

Travis Wood (L 7-10)5.1433451101-594.86
Justin Grimm0.20000003-24.22
Wesley Wright1.000020017-62.70
Pedro Strop1.000012018-102.56
Zack Wheeler (W 8-8)6.24224100120-703.49
Vic Black (H 11)0.10000105-42.12
Jeurys Familia (H 13)1.000012017-102.05
Jenrry Mejia (S 18)1.000001020-143.79

HBP_by Z.Wheeler (W.Castillo). 
T_3:04. A_25016.
Umpires_Home,Greg Gibson; First, Phil Cuzzi; Second, Will Little; Third, Adrian Johnson.

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