|New York Mets (39-36) at Chicago Cubs (26-48)||2:20 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|J. Niese (L)||14||5-3||3.75||5.2||2-2||3.76||6/22||NYY||W||6.1||8||2||1-1||20.1||2.66|
|J. Samardzija (R)||14||5-6||4.34||5.1||3-2||2.36||6/22||@ARI||L||5.0||7||5||0-3||14.0||10.29|
It didn't take long for Anthony Rizzo's bat to have an impact for the Cubs.
The highly-regarded prospect will next try to led Chicago to its first sweep of the New York Mets in over eight years this afternoon in the finale of a three-game series.
The 22-year-old Rizzo was a sixth-round pick by Boston in 2007 and was dealt to the Padres in December of 2010 in a deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Rizzo hit just .141 with a homer, nine RBI and 46 strikeouts in 49 games with San Diego in 2011 before being traded to the Cubs in January.
Rizzo, regarded as the club's top prospect, was terrorizing the minors this year, batting .342 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 23 homers in 70 games with Iowa. He was recalled from the minors prior to last night's game, starting at first base while hitting third.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 and his RBI double in the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win, the Cubs' second straight following a four-game slide.
"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."
Chicago next tries to win three straight for the first time since May 28-30 and in doing so would record its first three-game sweep of New York since April 23-25, 2004 at Wrigley Field.