Mets: 17 Chicago Cubs: 1
Looking to avoid getting swept in
for the first time since 2004, the Mets finally woke up delivering a 17-1 beat
down of the Cubs in the series finale.
The Mets offense was clicking for what seems the first time in forever, delivering 17 runs and plenty of season highs as a team and personal bests for players.
Daniel Murphy ended his homer-less streak at 273 at-bats this season with a grand total of 352 at-bats dating back to last season. Murphy enjoyed it so much the first time, he launched another homerun in his very next at-bat, giving him his first career multi-homerun game.
Scott Hairston added a homerun of his own, his 10th of the season, launching a grand slam in the 6th inning. Hairston ended the game 2-5 with four RBI’s.
Ike Davis also hit a homerun for the Mets, also his 10th of the season.
finished the game 3-5 with four RBI and three runs. The 3-5 effort put forth by Davis
today got his batting average at .201, the first time he is over the Mendoza
line this season. After such a slow
start to the season, Davis is
finally starting to turn it around. Davis
delivering at the plate will only make the Mets that much more dangerous.
David Wright was the other Met to knock in runs in this afternoon’s game. Wright went 2-3, knocking in five RBI’s and scoring two runs. Wright gave the Mets four players with 4+ RBI’s, tying an MLB record.
Not to get lost in the shuffle is the performance of starting pitcher Jon Niese. Niese got a ton of run support and was able to shut down the Cubs in response. Niese gave up one run scattering eight hits and one walk across seven innings while striking out six players.
Next up for the Mets is a trip out west to visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for a four game series. Chris Young (1-1 3.42 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets in the opener against ex-Met Chris Capuano (9-2 2.60 ERA) at on Thursday.