Travis Wood turned in another great start for the Chicago Cubs. Wood threw seven strong innings in which he only gave up three runs and even got the Cubs on the board in the fifth with a two run home run. He was able to give the Cubs a fighting chance at winning the baseball game. However, Wood wasn’t able to get much help from the offense, especially when there were runners in scoring position. The Cubs went 1 for 10 in that category.
The bullpen was once again a big question mark for the Cubs. Kyuji Fujikawa entered in the eighth with the game being tied and promptly gave up the go ahead run on a home run by David Murphy which led the Mets to the 4-3 victory. Fujikawa has a 6.75 ERA on the year. Fujikawa has struggled to say the least so far in a Cubs uniform.
Juan Lagares, the eighth place hitter for the Mets was huge this afternoon. Lagares went two for three, drove in two, and hit his first career home run to tie the game in the seventh inning. Ruben Tejada was also big for the Mets too going two for four and scoring a run. David Wright and David Murphy drove in the other two runs for the Mets.
Dillon Gee pitched five strong innings and, like Wood, kept the Mets in the ball game. He allowed eight hits and three earned runs. The bullpen for the Mets was the biggest story in this one. Greg Burke, Scott Rice, and Bobby Parnell threw a combined four innings and gave up no hits. Scott Rice earned the win which pushed his record to two and three.
The Cubs as a team struggled, but there were a few bright spots in the game. David DeJesus, Ryan Sweeney, and Welington Castillo each had two hits a piece. Sweeney hit a big home run in the sixth inning to push the Cub lead to two, which was soon lost to the Lagares home run.
Carlos Marmol seems to be coming around a little bit. He pitched one inning and had two strikeouts this afternoon. The Cubs were looking to win their third straight series, but obviously came up short. I think that the Cubs are making strides in becoming a better squad, which is nice to see for the north-siders.
The Cubs will be off tomorrow, but will be right back in action on Tuesday as they will head up to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates. Matt Garza will make his first start of the year for the Cubs. His opponent will be the crafty lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Game time is set for 6:05 CT.
Topics: Bobby Parnell, Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs, David Dejesus, David Murphy, David Wright, Dillon Gee, Greg Burke, Juan Lagares, Kyuji Fujikawa, Matt Garza, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Ryan Sweeney, Scott Rice, Travis Wood, Wandy Rodriguez, Welington Castillo