Mets Swept by the Cubs, Offense Struggles Again

On Thursday Night, the New York Mets fell to 7-7 after a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. Following two tough losses on Tuesday and Wednesday night, the Mets got locked into a hard fought game on Thursday night. The Mets missed several opportunities to cash in and take leads in this game, the biggest one in the top of the 10th inning. The Mets gave J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil both nights off as Joey Lucchesi took the mound against Trevor Williams. The Cubs walked it off against Edwin Diaz and the Mets in the 10th to take Thursday’s game and a sweep of the three game series. 

Cubs Get Ahead Early

Early on, the game was a Cubs onslaught. After cruising through the first two innings, Mets starter Joey Lucchesi ran into trouble in the third inning. After striking out David Bote, Lucchesi walked Jake Marisnick and Trevor Williams to put runners on for the top of the Cubs’ lineup. Following a 100 MPH lineout by Ian Happ that got Marisnick to third, Wilson Contreras hit the ball off Lucchesi for an infield hit to make it 1-0 cubs. The next batter, Kris Bryant, lined a two run double to left center to extend the lead to 3-0. The Mets immediately answered back with a Pete Alonso two run homer to cut the lead to 3-2. 

Rallying in the Middle Innings

There are not enough good things to be said about Sean Reid-Foley’s Mets debut against the Cubs. Reid-Foley, who they acquired in the Steven Matz trade, came into the game and pitched three perfect innings for the Mets. He is the first Met reliever since Dan Wheeler in 2003 to pitch three perfect innings in his Mets debut. If not for Reid-Foley’s heroics, this game would not have been as close as it was. In the seventh inning, Jonathan Villar was hit by a pitch leading off. Following a Kevin Pillar fly out, J.D Davis pinch hit and drove an RBI double to tie the game. 

Wasted Opportunities On Both Sides

The Cubs threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning and did not push across the go-ahead run against the Mets. Marisnick hit a fly ball down the right field line that dropped fair for a leadoff triple. Aaron Loup retired the next two batters via pop out and strike out, leaving it up to Miguel Castro to face Contreras. Castro fell behind 2-0, but came back with two fastballs and two sliders to strike out Contreras to send the game to the ninth tied at three. The Cubs turned to Craig Kimbrel who was rocky in Tuesday night’s game before bearing down to lock down the save. Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth in this game to send it to the bottom of the ninth tied. 

The Mets sent Edwin Diaz to the mound against the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth. Bryant led off with a single. Anthony Rizzo struck out on a beautiful slider low and in from Diaz for the first out. Diaz continued by striking out Javier Baez. With Matt Duffy up, the James McCann caught Bryant stealing second base. In the top of the 10th Pillar, the Mets’ automatic runner on second, advanced on a wild pitch. After a McNeil strikeout, Luis Guillorme and Francisco Lindor walked. Dom Smith stepped to the plate. Smith grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to put the inning to rest with the game still tied. The Cubs did not miss their opportunity as Jason Heyward walked it off with a single in the 10th inning. 

Closing Thoughts

This was a tough game for the Mets to drop, especially with it coming with a sweep at the hands of the Cubs. The loss puts the Mets back even at .500 through 14 games. They are tied atop the NL East with the 9-9 Phillies. The Mets struggled in the series, scoring just eight runs and committing six errors. Thursday’s game was a lot more defensively sound, but the Mets could not hit with runners in scoring position. The Mets will head back home tomorrow to face the Nationals with Jacob deGrom on the mound against Erick Fedde

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