Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Mets 3
June, 14, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNChicago.com
NEW YORK -- A win over the lowly New York Mets may have come at a costly price for the Chicago Cubs.
During the Cubs’ 6-3 win over the Mets on Friday at Citi Field, center fielder David DeJesus left in the third inning after crashing into the outfield wall. DeJesus underwent an X-ray on his right shoulder, and while the results of the X-ray aren't known, DeJesus appeared to have suffered an injury.
How it happened: The usually much-maligned Cubs offense got to work right away against Mets starter Shaun Marcum. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homer in the first, and the Cubs plated four in the second, three coming via a bases-clearing triple by DeJesus. In the sixth, the Cubs chased Marcum when Luis Valbuena hit an RBI double to make it 6-1. On the hill, Edwin Jackson flirted with danger, but he gave up just one run over six innings. He's now 3-8 on the season.
What it means: The most pressing matter for the Cubs will be the severity of DeJesus' injury. If DeJesus is forced to miss any time, the Cubs will have to formulate a plan of what to do in center. Ryan Sweeney, Julio Borbon and Dave Sappelt have started games in center this year for the Cubs and could be options. Sweeney replaced DeJesus when he left the game.
Outside the box: First baseman Anthony Rizzo hit fifth for the first time all season. Rizzo, who leads the team in RBIs and homers, usually bats third, but he was hitting just .135 in June entering the game. Rizzo went 3-for-4 on Friday, igniting the four-run rally in the second with a single to start the frame. Schierholtz batted third and went 1-for-4 with his solo shot in the first inning.
Up next: The Cubs will look to win their third straight as they send Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22 ERA) to the mound against Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24). First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT.