Matt Harvey was as good as advertised Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Harvey threw seven and one third innings allowing five hits, two runs as well as striking out six. Harvey also drove in the go ahead run with his single in the top of the seventh, that run also won the Mets the game.
The Cubs threatened the late in the game as Darwin Barney reached on a bloop single and was sacrificed over to second by Julio Borbon. David DeJesus came up with what most Cub fans thought to be the hit that would tie the game, but former Cub Marlon Byrd had different ideas. Byrd came up firing to the plate and nailed Darwin Barney, who stood no chance. He was a good 15 feet away from the plate and well, lets face it, the odds of him running the much bigger John Buck over, are slim to none.
DeJesus’ hit was the closest the Cubs came to tying the game.
David Wright was a bright spot for the Mets as he went three for four while also driving in one. The Mets’ bullpen, which has struggled this year, was excellent as the three men allowed only one hit over one and two thirds innings.
Edwin Jackson had one of his better outings for the Cubs, but the young Harvey was just better. Jackson tossed six and two thirds innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. Jackson has struggled at Wrigley this year and over the span of his entire career, so for him to have a solid start was a positive thing for the Cubs and a confidence builder for Jackson.
The top of the Cubs line-up was solid once again going four for twelve, but the bottom struggled in driving them in. Starlin Castro totaled two hits in his four at bats.
The Cubs will be happy to see Matt Harvey come and go as the next two games at Wrigley are more Cub favorable. The series continues tomorrow with Scott Feldman (3-3) taking on Jeremy Hefner (0-4). Start time is scheduled for 12:05 CT as the Cubs look to even the series up with a win.