New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson faced the minimum through three innings and it looked like it could be one of those classic Cubs offensive droughts. Instead the bats came alive with six base hits and a seven run bottom of 4 while the Mets defense mirrored the Roseland Little League Mets committing four errors and a possible.
That led to a Cubs 16-4 blowout and secured their first series win since the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates while a series sweep on Thursday puts them at .500.
Zach Davies ERA dropped 1.52 points and now stands at 8.80 as he went four innings giving up five hits and two runs while walking two and striking out two.
#OlTrusty Alec Mills picked up the W with a solid three inning outing allowing one hit and fanning two. He's been in every possible situation as a pitcher in this young season and has held his own.
Final Score - Cubs 16 Mets 4 Summary - The $341 million dollar man Francisco Lindor got to work EARLY (Philadelphia Freeway voice) as his first HR as a Met put NY ahead 1-0 in the top of 1. J.D. Davis gave them a 2-0 lead in the top of 3 with an RBI double. The Cubs rallied for seven runs in the bottom of 4 behind six base hits from Contreras, Bryant, Rizzo, Bote, Sogard, Happ and 3 Mets errors. The Mets got two runs back in the top of 5 as Pete Alonso blasted a 429 foot BOMB onto Waveland Avenue to cut the lead to 7-4 but the Cubs one upped them in the bottom of 5 with a three piece spicy. Matt Duffy's 2 RBI single and David Bote's fielder's choice ribbie extended the Cubs lead to 10-4. It was #RAKINGSEASON for #ELMAGO Javier Baez in the bottom of 6! His 5th HR (6th career grand slam) gave the Cubs a 14-4 edge. They put a couple more on the board in the bottom of 8 when Mets manager Luis Rojas decided to use infielder Luis Guillorme in relief. A Bote single and a Jake Marisnick double made it 16-4 as Guillorme's ERA went from 0.00 to 9.00. Quote(s) of the game - "I'm seeing the ball good....even though I struck out 4 times last night. I was seeing the ball good and I was on the fastball. I feel really good and I'm seeing the ball good." Baez did not strike out Wednesday and his K rate dropped to 45.6%. (31 Ks in 68 plate appearances) The BIGS Player(s) of the game - Matt Duffy (3-4 3 RBIs) wasn't even sure he'd make the roster now he's the only Cubs hitter without a strikeout. The Good - Cubs hitters were aggressive at the dish not looking for the long ball....instead just putting the ball in play using the middle of the field and good things happened. An approach rarely seen this season. The Bad - The Roseland Little League....I mean New York Mets defense. It was atrocious and they probably had a couple more plays that could've gone in the E column. The Huff - Even though Ian Happ has been on base every game he's started this year, the slump continues for Cubs leadoff man. He registered a base hit but struck out twice and is now hitting .167 which is the lowest average of any Cubs starter. He said he trusts that the baseball gods will be good to him at some point this season. Next matchup - The finale tonight...first pitch 6:40 pm. Trevor Williams takes the hill for the Cubs...