The pathetic, destitute, odorous, ugly, impotent New York Mets offense found the little blue pill that is the Chicago Cubs bullpen and sprung to life, scoring late and often to win 6-1.
With the score tied at 1 the bottom of the 7th proved lucky for the Mets. Â Reliever James Russell (0-1) came on for the Cubs and promptly hit pinch-hitter Jose Reyes with a pitch. Â After pinch-hitter Gary Matthews Jr. struck out, Angel Pagan homered to left field to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Â One out later Jeff Samardzija relieved Russell. Â He walked David Wright who then stole 2nd base. Â Jason Bay doubled off the left field wall to plate Wright making it 4-1. Â Jeff Francoeur then reached on an error by 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez while Bay advanced to 3rd. Â Left hander Sean Marshall relieved Samardzija and rookie Ike Davis singled to drive in Bay making it 5-1. Â Francoeur came in on a Marshall wild pitch with the final run.Â Pagan’s homer was the 1st extra-base hit by a Met since Friday night, a span of 36 innings played.
The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the 5th. Â With 2 outs Alex Cora, who started to give shortstop Reyes a night off, singled. Then starting pitcher Jonathon Niese followed with a single of his own. Â Pagan walked to load the bases, then Luis Castillo grounded a single up the middle which barely made it to the outfield grass but took long enough to get there that Cora scored and it was 1-0 Mets. Â The Cubs tied it in the bottom of the 6th when Niese walked Geovany Soto with 1 out. Â Cubs starter Randy Wells singled moving Soto up to 2nd, then Soto advanced to 3rd base when Cora’s throw to 1st base bounced away from Davis for an error. Â Fernando Nieve (1-1) relieved Niese and the 1st batter he faced, Marlon Byrd, singled off Nieve’s foot to drive in Soto with the Cubs only run.
Tonight’s game marked the major league debut for Davis. Â Including his 7th inning RBI single he finished 2 for 4 and with a shaving cream pie on his face courtesy of Francoeur.