Following the sweep from the Brewers, the Chicago Cubs really needed a win. The Cubbies came into the series opener against the New York Mets fresh from a day off, and one could tell they used that day wisely. They came out energized, smiling, and ready to start a new winning streak.
Ben Zobrist led off the first inning with a double, followed by Kris Bryant walking. Anthony Rizzo flew out, bringing up Willson Contreras, in his first start since his injury, came up with two on, one out. He walked, loading the bases for Ian Happ, with only one out. However, he grounded into a double play, ending the inning.
But if this was a sign of things to come (the offense/defense), we’re in for a great rest of the month and hopefully, the post season.
The Mets scored the 4th, giving them a one run lead. 1-0 going to the bottom of the 4th.
Kyle Schwarber walked to lead off the 4th, followed by Jason Heyward hitting a single, putting men on the corners, with no outs for Javier Baez. He struck out, bringing up Jose Quintana, who delivered with an RBI bunt, tying the game, 1-1, KB smashed a three run homer, his 26th of the year, and giving the Cubs the lead, 1-4 heading to the 5th.
The Mets added another run in the 5th, making it a 2 run game, 2-4, going to the home half of the 5th.
Schwarbs smashed a solo home run, his 26th of the year, making it 2-5 going to the 6th.
Baez led off the 6th with a bloop double, and Q advanced him with a sac bunt. Zo brought him in with an RBI single, making it 2-6 going to the 7th.
Starting pitcher Jose Quintana, despite a lead off walk in the 2nd, followed by a hit batter, got off to a quality start. He didn’t allow a run until the 4th, and then another in the 5th. He went 7 solid innings, allowing just the 2 runs, and is the winning pitcher.
Ian Happ hit his 22nd homer of the year in the 7th, making it 2-7 going to the 8th.
Baez walked to lead off the 8th, followed by Albert Almora Jr hitting a single, bringing up Zo with two on, no out, he ended up walking, bringing up KB with the bases loaded. He was just shy of a grand slam, instead he hit a sac fly, bringing in a run. 2-8 Cubs, bringing up Rizzo with runners on the corners and one out. He struck out, bringing up Tommy La Stella with two out and two on. He struck out, ending the Cubs hopes of getting some insurance.
The Mets started to show some signs of life in the 9th, leading off with a single, and then getting back-to-back walks off of pitcher Justin Wilson, putting two on, one out, loading the bases, and was then replaced by Pedro Strop. A run scored, making it 3-8 for the final score.
The Cubs remain in first place in the NL Central, and will face the Mets again the next two days.