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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 124 - Cubs (3) at Mets (7) - Niese bounces back



New York

W: J. Niese (7-8) L: D. Straily (1-3)
HR: CHC - W. Castillo (9),J. Ruggiano (5)   NYM - None


Juan Lagares drove in two runs and scored once, while Jon Niese tossed six solid innings to help the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, in the second installment of a four-game series.

Niese (7-8) gave up three runs, struck out six and scattered seven hits in his second straight win after losing four starts in a row since returning from the disabled list.

Wilmer Flores also finished with two RBI, while Niese and Matt den Dekker each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have won two in a row after snapping a three-game losing streak on Friday.

David Wright was hit by a pitch in sixth inning. He stayed in the game to run the bases, eventually scoring, but was replaced by Eric Campbell at third to start the seventh.

Welington Castillo and Justin Ruggiano both homered and Ryan Sweeney singled in a run in a pinch-hit appearance for Chicago, which has dropped three in a row.

Dan Straily (0-1) took the loss in his first game for the Cubs since being acquired from Oakland in July. He gave up seven runs -- five earned -- on just four hits, while walking three over 5 1/3 innings.

New York struck first with three runs in the second. Lucas Duda walked to lead off the inning. Travis d'Arnaud grounded into a fielder's choice, but den Dekker followed with a single to right. Lagares hit a fly ball that took one hop before going over the wall in right field for a ground-rule double, scoring d'Arnaud. Flores' line drive into center pushed den Dekker and Lagares across.

Castillo's lead-off homer in the fifth put the Cubs on the board, but Niese settled down to retire six straight from there.

After letting in the three runs, Straily retired the next 12 batters he faced until hitting Wright with a fastball in the sixth. He followed that with a walk to Duda and d'Arnaud hit a line drive into left to load the bases. Straily conceded a run by walking den Dekker before being removed.

Kyuji Fujikawa took over on the mound and Lagares greeted him with a line drive to right center, where Arismendy Alcantara had the ball bounce off his glove for an error. Duda and d'Arnaud scored on the play, with Lagares ending up at second. Fujikawa intentionally walked Flores to load the bases again. Rizzo fielded a ground ball by Niese at first, tagged the bag and threw home, but den Dekker slid in safely to make it 7-1. Wesley Wright replaced Fujikawa and got Curtis Granderson to ground out to end the inning.

Ruggiano hit a towering shot to center to lead off the away seventh. Alcantara, Castillo and Chris Valaika followed with three consecutive singles, loading the bases before Sweeney hit a line drive that deflected off of Niese for single that scored Alcantara.

Niese didn't appear to be injured on the play, however, he was replaced by Vic Black, who retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Game Notes

Straily made his first start since May 7 with Oakland ... Starlin Castro went 0-for-4 and had his hitting streak end at 14 games ... The Cubs outhit the Mets 7-3, but were just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the loss. The Mets were 3-for-5 with RISP.

Box Score:

Chris Coghlan LF400000000.278
Javier Baez 2B401000001.245
Anthony Rizzo 1B300000010.277
Starlin Castro SS400000001.284
Justin Ruggiano RF411100102.279
Arismendy Alcantara CF411000002.213
Welington Castillo C412100100.240
Chris Valaika 3B401000002.172
Dan Straily P100000011.000
  Kyuji Fujikawa P000000000.000
  Wesley Wright P000000000.000
  Ryan Sweeney PH101100000.251
  Carlos Villanueva P000000000.000
  Luis Valbuena PH100000001.232
Curtis Granderson RF400000002.220
Daniel Murphy 2B400000001.300
David Wright 3B210000000.273
  Eric Campbell 3B100000000.296
Lucas Duda 1B110000030.254
Travis d`Arnaud C421000000.230
Matt den Dekker LF321100011.197
Juan Lagares CF311210000.278
Wilmer Flores SS301200010.233
Jon Niese P300100000.051
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Jeurys Familia P0000000001.000
  Buddy Carlyle P000000000.000

E_A.Alcantara, D.Wright, J.Niese. LOB_Chicago Cubs 6, NY Mets 4. 2B_J.Lagares. HR_W.Castillo (9) off J.Niese, J.Ruggiano (5) off J.Niese. SF_J.Lagares. GIDP_C.Coghlan, S.Castro. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Murphy, W.Flores and L.Duda 2).

Dan Straily (L 0-1)5.147534089-498.44
Kyuji Fujikawa0.10001008-32.70
Wesley Wright0.10000001-12.68
Carlos Villanueva2.000010030-194.87
Jon Niese (W 7-8)6.073326296-653.50
Vic Black (H 12)1.00000008-72.05
Jeurys Familia1.00000209-72.02
Buddy Carlyle1.000002012-80.55

J.Niese pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.

IBB_off K.Fujikawa (W.Flores). 
HBP_by D.Straily (D.Wright). 
T_2:39. A_30744.
Umpires_Home,Phil Cuzzi; First, Will Little; Second, Adrian Johnson; Third, Greg Gibson.
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