The New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Friday night at Citi Field as the Mets bullpen struggled again like clockwork. For the first time this season, New York has fallen below the .500 mark.
Zack Wheeler issued a 10 pitch lead off walk to Ben Zobrist to open the game and a batter later, Kris Bryant blooped a one out single to right. Wheeler was then able to get Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play to end the threat.
Wheeler struck out Javier Baez in a scoreless second. He worked around some trouble in the third, as after Zobrist singled and Bryant drew a two out walk Rizzo popped out to end the inning.
Wheeler kept rolling as he worked around a two out Almora single in a scoreless sixth. Wheeler came back out for the seventh, but gave up back-to-back hits to Russell and Tommy La Stella before being pulled.
Wheeler finished with a final line of six innings of two run ball on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.
Paul Sewald allowed a sacrifice fly to Kyle Schwarber to cut the lead to 2-1. The Cubs then tied the game on a Zobrist double to right center. After Heyward grounded out to move the runner to third, Bryant gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead with a first pitch RBI single.
The Cubs broke the game open, as Schwarber launched an opposite field three run home run off of Sewald to make it 6-2 in the eighth. Sewald allowed four runs on five hits over 1.2 innings.
The Mets put together a scoring chance in the first. Asdrubal Cabrera lined a one out single, and after Michael Conforto struck out, Devin Mesoraco singled off Kris Bryant’s glove. Jay Bruce then drove one to the track in center, but Albert Almora Jr. robbed him with a nice sliding grab.
Brandon Nimmo handed the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third, as he smacked a two run home run to left after Amed Rosario drew a lead off walk. It was Nimmo’s seventh homer of the season, and his fifth in his last eleven games.
The Mets cut into the lead in the bottom of the eighth. After Bautista doubled to left, Gonzalez flared a two out, two strike, two run single to center to make it 6-4.
Jay Bruce left the game in the top of the fifth with lower back discomfort.
The Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound in the third game of this four game set. He will be opposed by either Yu Darvish or Mike Montgomery at 7:15 p.m. at Citi Field, and the game can be seen on FOX.