New York-The New York Mets (59-67) have fallen on very hard times offensively. The Mets had recorded only four hits a game in their last four games, and faced a series finale with the Chicago Cubs (54-70) down their starting pitcher. The Mets were without Bartolo Colon, who flew home to visit his ill mother, but got a gem from fill in starter Carlos Torres. The Mets, however, failed again with the bats, recording only four hits as they fell to the Cubs 4-1.
The Mets got their only offense in the fourth inning, when Lucas Duda hit a solo homer off of Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks. Duda's 22nd home run of the year gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Carlos Torres made that lead stand up, tossing five shutout innings after being told he was the starter this morning. Torres kept the Mets in the game, but the Mets ran into trouble after he departed.
The Cubs tied the game in the sixth after Luis Valbuena delivered an RBI single, and gained the lead in the eighth when Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer off of Buddy Carlyle (L, 1-1). Rizzo's 28th homer of the year gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead and allowed Hendricks (W, 5-1) to pick up the win. The Cubs got insurance in the ninth when Javier Baez delivered a massive two run homer (5) into the second deck in left against Jenrry Mejia. Hector Rondon then entered and worked around a leadoff double from Daniel Murphy to pitch a scoreless ninth and record his 18th save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks, who stifled the Mets for seven innings. Hendricks allowed only one run on three hits while walking two and striking out three.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets recorded only four hits for the fifth consecutive game, making them the first team in 10 years to achieve that level of offensive futility.
- The last team to only record four hits in five straight games was the Mets, who did it back in 2004.
- The Cubs secured a series split with the victory and won the season series against the Mets five games to two.
- The Mets will add a pitcher to their roster tomorrow when they place Bartolo Colon the bereavement list. That pitcher doesn't appear to be Daisuke Matsuzaka, who just threw a rehab start with the Binghamton Mets yesterday.
The Mets will fly out west later tonight and kick off a five game West Coast swing tomorow night. The Mets will kick off a two game interleague series with the Oakland A's (73-51), who are tied for the lead in the American League West. Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch at O.Co Coliseum is scheduled for 10:05 pm.
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