Cubs: 8 New York Mets: 7
The Mets mounted a valiant comeback tonight at Citi Field, but in the end were not able to finish it, falling to the lowly Cubs 8-7.
Starting pitcher Johan Santana had a rough outing, giving up seven earned runs on a career high tying 13 hits in only 4 2/3 innings. He was able to strike out six Cubs without walking a batter. Santana may have also suffered an ankle injury in the 5th inning when he was unable to corral a toss from first baseman Justin Turner and was stepped on by Reed Johnson.
Three of the 13 hits that Santana surrendered were homeruns, giving up one to Cubs right fielder Reed Johnson to lead off the game then homeruns to Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Baker in the 5th before being taken out of the game. In Santana’s previous three starts he had allowed only two earned runs in 20 innings.
Reed Johnson and Anthony Rizzo each had four hits for the Cubs, leading the offensive push for the team.
The bullpen again was able to pitch well for the Mets, giving up only one run in four innings. They were able to keep the game within reach for the offense to mount almost mount an improbable comeback.
In the 9th inning, the Mets were able to get things going against Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. After striking out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to start the inning, Marmol surrendered a homerun to pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin. He then would walk the next three batters in Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and David Wright to load the bases. Ike Davis pinch hit for Scott Hairston and was able to deliver a two-RBI single. Lucas Duda was up next and ripped a hard line drive up the middle but it was snagged by Marmol who doubled
off first base, ending the Mets comeback.
Duda was able to get the Mets scoring started earlier in the game, blasting his 12th homerun of the season in the 2nd inning off Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Justin Turner also hit the ball well for the Mets tonight, getting a career high tying four hits in the game, knocking in an RBI with a single in the 8th inning.
The Mets record this season against left-handed pitchers drops to 12-20 after Wells was able to get the quality start tonight.
The Mets and Cubs will get back at it tomorrow afternoon at . Dillon Gee (5-7 4.34 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets against former Notre Dame wide receiver and Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (6-7 4.77 ERA).