The Mets got a great night from their bullpen, but the Cubs came away with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings to give Chicago a three-game sweep.
Here are the takeaways …
- Joey Lucchesi looked strong out of the gate, retiring the first six Cubs he faced, including four punchouts. After striking out David Bote to start the third, Lucchesi lost some command, walking Jake Marisnick and pitcher Trevor Williams. With two outs in the inning, Willson Contreras singled on a ball that came back and hit Lucchesi and careened away to score the first run of the game. Kris Bryant then came up with a big hit, a two-run double to left-center to make it a 3-0 game, as Jonathan Villar appeared to have time to get Contreras at the plate but couldn’t make the throw.
-Luis Rojas started Luis Guillorme at third base over J.D. Davis, and Guillorme made a great defensive play right away, making a diving play to his left and throwing from his knee to rob Ian Happ of a first-inning single.
- With the Mets trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth, the Mets’ bats started to come to life. After Dom Smith doubled to left, Pete Alonso gave a repeat performance of Wednesday, smashing a monster two-run home run to left on a hanging slider to make it a 3-2 game. Michael Conforto then missed a homer of his own by a matter of inches, hitting a double high off the basket that hangs above the outfield wall.
After a James McCann strikeout and a Villar walk, Kevin Pillar lined out to short and pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo went down looking to end the inning. Lucchesi’s night ended there, as he allowed three earned runs on just two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 3.0 innings.
-The Mets then turned to Sean Reid-Foley, who had just been called up from the Alternate Site. The right-hander, who was acquired this offseason in the Steven Matz trade, gave the Mets three perfect innings in his team debut, striking out four Cubs along the way. He kept the Cubs quiet and kept the Mets in striking distance.
- Still trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Villar led off by getting hit by a pitch, and a few batters later, Davis came up with a huge pinch-hit double off the top of the wall in left-center off of reliever Ryan Tepera. Davis has had his defensive struggles in the series, but his bat’s been red hot. Guillorme and Francisco Lindor failed to bring Davis home, but the game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.
- In the bottom of the eighth inning, former Met Jake Marisnick tripled into the right field corner off of Aaron Loup to lead things off, forcing the Mets to bring the infield in with nobody out. But the lefty retired the next two hitters while keeping the runner at third before giving way to Miguel Castro, who promptly struck out Contreras to get the Mets out of a huge jam.
- With the game still tied in the bottom of the ninth, Edwin Diaz allowed a leadoff single to Bryant, but then erased Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez on nasty sliders before McCann threw out Bryant trying to steal second to end the inning and send the game to extras.
-With Pillar on second to start the tenth, Cubs reliever Dan Winkler uncorked a wild pitch to move Pillar to third. After walks to Guillorme and Lindor loaded the bases with one out, Smith rolled into a double play to end the threat.
- With Diaz still on the mound in the 10th, he hit Matt Duffy with a pitch. After the Cubs bunted both runners up, the Mets intentionally walked Eric Sogard to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Jason Heyward then singled through the right side of the infield to give the Cubs the win.
The Mets head back home for a three-game weekend series against the Washington Nationals.
On Friday, Jacob deGrom gets the ball against Nats righty Erick Fedde. First pitch on SNY is set for 7:10 p.m.