Cubs rally for comeback win over Mets, avoid sweep before All-Star break
An 8th inning rally against reliever Drew Smith propelled the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon, which prevented the Amazins from getting a 4-game sweep before the All-Star break.
The Mets opened their afternoon contest with a terrific base run, after a pair of singles brought runners into the corners, and Starling Marte flew home when right-hander Adrian Sampson attempted to knocking out Francisco Lindor at 1st base (Lindor would be successfully safe at 2nd base after a brief recall).
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The Cubs scored their first run late in the 4th inning, when Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar, who was defensive eve double header herothrew a ground ball with runners at 1st and 2nd – costing them a potentially end-of-inning double play and loading the bases.
Starting pitcher David Peterson walked Chicago’s next hitter, Patrick Wisdom, to bring a runner home. He would retire the next two batters to block loaded bases for the Cubs in an impressive recovery under pressure.
Still, Peterson threw another 20 pitches in the inning after Escobar’s error, and would only last one more inning in the game before skipper Buck Showalter retired the southpaw after the 5th inning with 97 pitches in total during the contest.
Despite the high pitch count, Peterson allowed just 3 hits and 3 walks to improve on his 3.48 ERA for the season, while striking out 8 Chicago batters.
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Tommy Hunter would come and pitch the 6th and 7th innings.
Meanwhile, the Mets regained a 2-1 lead in the top of the 5th inning, when the Mets found themselves with runners at 1st and 3rd again, and Pete Alonso hit a blooper to right field against a change. left infielder, who fell between the incoming Cubs to bring Nimmo through the plate.
Both teams remained relatively silent on offense until the start of the 8th inning, when Lindor found himself at 2nd base for the Mets after a fielding single and a fielder’s pick. Escobar, who got into the batting box with 2 outs, then hit a single to left field, and Lindor tried to round 3rd and score – but Cubs rookie Nelson Velazquez brought him down at the marble with an impressive rocket launch from the outfield.
The team’s 2–1 lead evaporated in the bottom of the 8th inning, when Drew Smith took the mound for the Mets and allowed the Cubs to score the tying run 2–2 after giving up a pair of singles, before a ground sacrifice by outfielder Ian Hap.
Two at bats later, Smith gave up another single to center field, which allowed Willson Contreras to cross the plate and take a 3–2 lead for the Cubs. Showalter eliminated Smith after that in favor of bringing Seth Lugo to the mound with a runner at 2nd base and 2 out, and he made it out of that inning without further damage.
The Mets bullpen had previously held opponents scoreless for 13.2 innings before Smith’s performance.
With the game on the line at the top of the 9th inning, the Mets had the bottom of their lineup slated to hit the batter’s box and reliever David Robertson on the mound.
The team found life in the final inning, as Luis Guillorme hit a single to left field, but the Cubs managed to keep the team scoreless – as Mark Canha came out and JD Davis got on. thrown into a double play to end the match.
The victory ended a 9-game losing streak for Chicago.
The Mets are now heading into the All-Star break with the 4th-best record in MLB at 58-35, and they hold a 2.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Four Mets players will appear in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, and slugger Pete Alonso will look for a 3-pete in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The next game is on Friday, when they face the Padres in Queens.