The Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs by the score of 5-4 tonight at Wrigley Field, the second straight loss for New York against the worst team in the majors.
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and was handed a three run lead before he even took the mound. However Dice-K quickly allowed two runs to cross the plate in the first inning including an RBI single by Starlin Castro. It was a struggle all night long for Dice-K who always seemed to be in trouble. He lasted just 4.1 innings allowing four earned runs on four hits and five walks in a very disappointing effort.
Dana Eveland relieved Matsuzaka in the fifth and was greeted with back to back singles, allowing the Cubs to tie the game, and after a walk to load the bases. The journeyman lefty was pulled in favor of Jeurys Familia and after a wild pitch the Cubs took the 5-4 lead. It was the second straight game Familia threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced after inheriting a runner on 3B.
Buddy Carlisle pitched a clean 1-2-4 sixth, but started the seventh with a walk to Justin Ruggiano and a double by Castro to put runners on second and third with one out. Scott Rice was brought in and after picking up a quick out, walked the next batter to load the bases. Carlos Torres would come in and get the final out, coast clear.
Mets pitchers walked eight batters tonight.
Offensively, the Mets wasted no time jumping on the board, picking up three first inning runs with the big blow a two-run double off the bat of Lucas Duda. The Mets first baseman has been batting sixth most of the year, but it’s time Collins thinks about moving him into the cleanup spot where he could do more damage. Duda leads the team with eight home runs and has a .780 OPS.
In the fourth inning, Ruben Tejada blasted a solo home run with the wind blowing in to put the Mets up 4-2.
The Mets squandered a huge scoring opportunity in the sixth after Tejada walked and Daniel Murphy doubled put runners on second and third. Chris Young and Matt den Dekker struck out, and then the Cubs intentionally walked David Wright to load the bases with two outs for Curtis Granderson. Swing and a miss, strike three.
The Mets are hitting .147 as a team with the bases loaded. Tonight they struck out ten times and left ten men on base.
So after a great series in Philly, the Mets have stunning back-to-back losses against the team with the worst record in baseball.
Special Note: During the game we learned that Don Zimmer, an original 1962 Met, passed away at the age of 83. Zimmer has been a baseball icon for the past six decades working as a player, coach, manager and front office executive. We would like to express our condolences on his passing.
Up Next: The Mets conclude their series in Chicago and will try to avoid a sweep. Rookie righthander Jacob deGrom gets the starting assignment tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.