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Mets 101 Post-Game: Chicago Cubs 7, New York Mets 4

June 5th, 2014 at 10:36 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (28-32) dropped their series finale Thursday night as they were swept in their three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (23-34) by a score of 7-4 at Wrigley Field. After an impressive 4-1 series win over the Philadelphia Phillies last weekend, the Mets fell flat at Wrigley, getting outscored 14-9 in the series.

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Game Highlights

  • The Cubs made good on their managerial challenge to strike first, as Luis Valbuena was initially called out at home on a sacrifice fly attempt off the bat of Eli Whiteside. The call was overturned, putting the Cubs up 1-0 in the second.
  • Cubs starter Travis Wood showed off his offensive abilities in this one, first belting a two-run homer in the second, that also scored Darwin Barney. Barney would score again when Wood hit into a fielder's choice in the fourth, putting the Cubs ahead 4-0.
  • The Mets would get two back in the sixth, getting RBI singles from Ruben Tejada and Chris Young. The Amazins would send seven men to the plate in the inning including Daniel Murphy, who got a rare night off, but struck out in a pinch hit opportunity for Mets starter Jacob deGrom.
  • Andrew Brown, who got the start in left for the Mets, pulled the Mets even with a two-run shot in the top of the seventh, driving home Eric Campbell as well.
  • After the Cubs answered with a solo homer of their own in the home half of the seventh from Andrew Rizzo, they would take the lead on a two-RBI triple from Junior Lake that scored Barney and Emilio Bonifacio. Lake would try for the inside the park homer but was gunned down at home by Brown.

Player of the Game

  • With a three-RBI night at the plate, and a solid enough start to put the Cubbies on track for the W, Travis Wood takes PotG honors for Thursday night. On the mound, Wood tossed five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while walking five. He also struck out three.

Post-Game Notes

  • deGrom had his worst start of his brief Met career, allowing four runs on five hits in five innings of work. He also walked three and struck out three.
  • Vic Black (L, 1-1) took the loss for the Mets, allowing the homer to Rizzo that put the Cubs ahead for good in the seventh. Justin Grimm (W, 2-2) takes the win, despite being charged with a blown save after serving up the homer to Brown that had briefly tied the ballgame.

What's on Deck

The Mets will continue their eleven-game road trip as they head to San Francisco to kick off the three-game set with the Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 10:15 PM EST on Friday night.

Tags: Andrew Brown, Baseball, Chicago Cubs, Chris Young, Darwin Barney, Jacob DeGrom, Junior Lake, Luis Valbuena, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Travis Wood, Vic Black, Wrigley Field

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