Scott Feldman turned in one of his best starts of the season as he helped the Cubs defeat the New York Mets 8-2 Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Feldman pitched six and two thirds innings, allowed seven hits and no runs. He also helped his cause at the plate as he drove in two runs with his double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Cubs bats seem to be heating up as it starts to get warmer outside. Anthony Rizzo seems to be coming out of his funk recently, he went two for four and pounded a big home run in the bottom of the fifth. Rizzo has been red hot in May batting .369 so far. He has also belted two home runs and driven in eleven. The Cubs as a whole hit the ball well tallying 11 hits over the game.
Starlin Castro struggled in the game going 0 for 5, but was picked up by the bottom of the order this time around. Nate Schierholtz came up big today going two for four and, like Rizzo, hit a monster shot of a home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the game completely out of reach.
James Russell came in a pitched one and one third innings and continued to be efficient as he did not allow a hit while in the game. Hector Rondon, who came in late to get some work in, didn’t seem to have much going as he allowed two runs over his one inning of work, but the Cubs had already secured the game for the most part.
For the Mets it was a just a matter of not being able to string anything together. They went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position (RISP) and that won’t win you most games. Rick Ankiel drove in the only two runs for the Mets on his ninth inning home run off of Rondon.
Jeremy Hefner continued to struggle as his record moved to 0-5 on the season. Hefner only lasted four innings allowing four earned runs in that time. The bullpen for the Mets also struggled today. All three Met pitchers allowed at least one earned run.
The Cubs and Mets will round out this three game set tomorrow at Wrigley Field. With a win the Cubs would win their third straight series. Dillon Gee (2-5) is scheduled to go for the Mets and Travis Wood (4-2) is scheduled for the Cubs. First pitch is set for 1:20 p.m. CT.