Thursdays game against the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets saw the MLB debut of the two newest Cubs. Pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng, and catcher Taylor Davis. The Cubbies were also going for a sweep of the Mets.
The first two pitches Tseng threw were perfect strikes, however, after those two, the nerves got the best of him. He walked one, another reached on an error, and then he hit a batter, all with only one out. After a visit to the mound by Chris Bosio, he seemed to calm down a bit. He still needed 31 pitches to get through the first inning, however.
The Mets got the early lead in the 1st, off of a sac fly, making it 1-0 to end the inning.
The Mets added to their score in the 2nd, with two runs scoring, making it 3-0, going to the bottom of the 2nd.
Kyle Schwarber hit a bunt single to lead off the 2nd, and Javier Baez hit a single, putting men on the corners and no outs for Jason Heyward. J-Hey reached on a fielders choice, and thanks to some aggressive base running, Schwarbs scored the first run for the Cubbies. 3-1, with two on, and no out for Davis. He got his first MLB hit, getting a single, and Javy scoring on an error. 3-2 with two on, no out for Tseng. He got his first RBI with a ground out, tying the game, 3-3.
The Mets broke the tie with a solo home run to lead off the 3rd, followed by another solo homer, making it 3-5.
Anthony Rizzo smashed his 32nd homer of the year to lead off the 3rd, making it a one run ball game, 4-5.
Mike Montgomery and Alex Avila came in in the 4th to replace Davis and Tseng, and the duo quickly retired the side.
Avila walked to lead off the home half of the 4th, followed by Montgomery hitting a single, putting runners on the corners with no outs for Jon Jay, who delivered an RBI double, tying the game 5-5. Kris Bryant came up next with two on and no out, and hit a two run double, breaking the tie, 7-5. Anthony Rizzo was up next, and brought in KB with a double. 8-5, with still no out and Rizzo on second for Ian Happ. Rizzo stole his 10th base of the season, and scored on Happ’s sac fly. 9-5 to end the inning.
Jay led off the 6th with a bloop single, KB walked, bringing up Rizzo and Happ both struck out, bringing up Albert Almora Jr, who smashed a two run double, making it 11-5. Javy reached on an error, bringing up J-Hey, who smashed a three run homer, his 10th of the year, making it a 14-5 game.
The Mets were able to score another run in the 9th, making it 14-6, but that was all they got.
Cubs win! Cubs sweep the Mets!
The Cubbies remain in first place in the NL Central, and will play the St. Louis Cardinals for a three game set starting Friday.