With rain facing the Chicago area, the Cubs were hoping they could squeeze in the series finale against the Mets this afternoon. The Mets had former Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom on the bump, sporting a 3.26 ERA and 4-6 record. On the Cubs side, Cole Hamels went to the mound with a 2.85 ERA and 6-2 record.
The Cubs would take the early lead in the bottom of the second inning on an unlikely RBI base knock from pitcher Cole Hamels.
However, that lead wouldn’t last long as Pete Alonso blasted his 27th home run of the season to make it a 1-1 game in the fourth inning.
With that long ball, Alonso set a new Mets rookie home run record. In the top of the fifth, Tomas Nido belted a solo home run and Jacob deGrom tacked on an RBI single to make it 3-1 Mets.
The Cubs threatened in the bottom of the fifth, plating a run on a single by first baseman Anthony Rizzo to make it a one-run ballgame.
In the eighth inning, a single by Kyle Schwarber and a walk by Anthony Rizzo set up Mets pitcher Seth Lugo to face the dangerous Javier Baez. On an 0-2 count, Lugo hung a slider and Baez did not miss it. He launched an opposite-field shot for his 100th career home run to give the Cubs a 5-3 lead.
Pedro Strop came in for the ninth inning to shut the door on this 5-3 Cubs winner.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Although Baez’s bat had been quiet in this series, El Mago pulled a rabbit out of his hat of tricks with the go-ahead three-run homer that ended up being the difference in this game.
The Cubs will welcome the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves to the friendly confines tomorrow night to open up a four-game series. The probable pitching matchup will be Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40 ERA) for the Braves versus Jon Lester (6-5, 4.13 ERA) for the Cubs.
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