Carlos Silva came into 2010 as a bad pitcher with a worse contract, traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Chicago Cubs for a bad temper with a bad contract, Milton Bradley.Â Silva also entered 2010 as an April pitcher.Â Prior to 2010 Silva was 16-7 in the month of April, a winning percentage of .696 which far outshines his career winning percentage of .488.Â Silva gets paid for the full season but he earns his money in April, and that trend has continued in 2010.Â He entered tonight (April 21) with a 1-0 record and a 0.69 ERA.Â That’s not a misprint.Â So the Mets can take some satisfaction that the 1 run they scored off Silva in 6 innings tonight raised his season ERA to 0.95, but that 1 run which came on a Rod Barajas solo home run in the 2nd inning and gave the Mets a brief 1-0 lead wasn’t enough to beat Silva (2-0).Â The Cubs put up 9 runs to beat the New York Mets 9-3.
The Cubs scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings off Mets starter and loser Oliver Perez (0-2).Â In the 3rd Marlon Byrd hit a sacrifice fly.Â In the 4th a Geovany Soto RBI single drove home Alfonso Soriano who was the Cubs offensive star going 3 for 4 with a triple and a homer.Â In the 5th a Soriano RBI single plated Byrd and the Cubs led 3-1.
Perez left the game and brand new Met Manny Acosta came on in relief.Â Acosta was called up from AAA Buffalo to replace the injured Ryota Igarashi and he had 1 good inning, 1 bad inning.Â His good inning was the 6th in which he allowed 1 single but struck out the other 3 batters he faced.Â His bad inning was the 7th, in which he walked lead off batter Byrd, then 1 out later surrendered Soriano’s home run, a towering blast into the 2nd deck of spacious Citi Field.Â Acosta then walked Soto before being replaced by Raul Valdes who allowed the inherited runner to score for a 6-1 Cubs lead.
In the 8th the Mets mounted a comeback attempt against reliever Sean Marshall.Â Jose Reyes led off with a single and scored on Luis Castillo’s triple to right center.Â David Wright singled to drive in Castillo and make it 6-3 but that was as close as the Mets would get.Â In the top of the 9th the Cubs snuffed any ideas of the Mets coming back by scoring 3 runs off of Hisanori Takahashi and the Mets went quietly in the bottom of the 9th against Carlos Marmol.Â Cubs 9, Mets 3.
The highlight of the game for the Mets came with 1 out in the top of the 1st inning.Â Jeff Baker popped up a foul ball that Mets 1st baseman Ike Davis trailed toward the dugout, then stuck out his glove catching the ball as he fell head first into the dugout.