The Mets dropped their first game at Wrigley Field, falling to the Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday.
Here are some takeaways...
1. Through three innings, Taijuan Walker allowed just one unearned run. But he did struggle in the fourth inning though, allowing two runs and three walks, one with the bases loaded. After 38 pitches in the inning, and 91 pitches on the night, he was done for the night. He also was ejected as he walked off the mound arguing balls and strikes.
Robert Gsellman struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases juiced to stop the damage, but not before Walker finished with 3.2 innings of three-run ball (two earned), and despite striking out seven and allowing just two hits, he did walk six Cubs. Walker’s fastball topped out at 95.7 mph, the first time all year he didn’t touch 96 (it was in the 30s at Wrigley Field).
2. J.D. Davis made two bad errors in this one. His first was a low throw that Pete Alonso couldn't scoop - what should have ended the inning became a run, as Eric Sogard didn't stop running from second - this was Walker's unearned run. Davis later got his error back with a solo home run to open the fifth inning, but had another bad error in the fifth, as a double-clutch forced a high throw. Despite the wrong call being made, the Mets were out of challenges – alas, the error stood. The run didn’t cross home plate, but still, it was a rough night defensively for Davis.
3. In the ninth inning, the Mets had the lead run at the plate with one out, as Luis Guillorme pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot. Guillorme singled to load the bases for Brandon Nimmo. With his 24-game on-base streak, and the game, on the line, he struck out on a high 97 mph fastball, wrapping up an 0-for-5 night. Francisco Lindor came up, and grounded out to Rizzo to end the ballgame.
4. The Mets had another threat earlier in the game, as they had runners on the corners with two outs in the fifth inning, but Dominic Smith grounded out to end the threat.
6. Jacob Barnes was impressive in his two innings of work – he allowed just one hit and struck out two. A big outing from Barnes, who allowed four earned in his lone inning in Colorado on Saturday.
7. Conforto, Lindor, and Jeff McNeil each continued their struggles, as they combined to go 0-for-10 on the night.
After a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last outing, David Peterson will toe the rubber for the Mets on Wednesday. Zach Davies will be on the bump for the Cubs. First pitch on SNY set for 7:40 p.m. ET.