Back to reality for Cubs on Rizzo's Day 2
CHICAGO -- The excitement of his first day as a Cub wore off quickly for Anthony Rizzo, during the 17-1 drubbing that he and his teammates endured Wednesday against the Mets.
Rizzo was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a double to show for his second-game results as he watched the Mets use a friendly southwest wind to hit four home runs.
“Yeah, it was a good day to be a hitter,” said Rizzo. “I heard there haven’t been to many days like this (with the wind blowing out) then again that is the game.”
Rizzo and his teammates were unable to get anything going off Mets starter Jonathon Niese, who allowed six singles and two doubles in seven innings of work.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 4-17 against left-handed pitching, by far the worst winning percentage against southpaws in baseball. Only four of the team’s nine hits were by right-handed hitters.
On a day when there were not many positives, Rizzo showed he was capable against a tough left-hander.
“He had some good swings today,” said manager Dale Sveum. “He stayed on most everything and every pitch. There were some fastballs, and he took some good swings while shorting up and hitting a double off of the wall.”
Rizzo and company will enjoy a day off before they start a weekend series against the a Houston Astros.
“It is a lot easier to be going at it the second time around,” Rizzo said. “I ‘m more settled in. I finally get to breathe and relax for tonight and tomorrow.”
After two games Rizzo is batting .375 (3-for-8) with two doubles and one RBI.