Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5 Mets 4
June, 4, 2014
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs beat the the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night. Here's a quick look at the game:
How it happened: The Cubs rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to take their first lead of the game. The eventual winning run came home on a wild pitch. Before that, Starlin Castro singled home two runs to tie the scored at 4-4. He had three hits and three RBIs on the night. The Mets got on the board in the first inning after Castro booted a ball off the bat of Bobby Abreu to score Daniel Murphy. Lucas Duda then doubled home two more, but the Cubs responded with two in the bottom of the inning when Castro singled one home and Nate Schierholtz grounded out to score a second run. Ruben Tejada hit a solo home run in the fourth before the Cubs took the lead for good in the fifth. Edwin Jackson threw 110 pitches over five innings and gave up five walks and five hits but only one earned run. He got the win. Hector Rondon got the save.
What it means: Once again, the Cubs' bullpen picked up where the starter was lacking. One night after shutting out the Mets for 4 1/3 innings, the relievers did it again for four more. The Cubs have used all eight of their relievers -- including James Russell and Rondon twice -- in the first two games of the series, and they've given up four hits, two walks and zero runs in 8 1/3 innings. Their ERA over the past 20 games is now 1.71.
Jackson: His 110 pitches were the most by a Cub in five innings or fewer since Chris Volstad threw 116 in September 2012.
What's next: The series finale takes place Thursday at 6:05 p.m. when Travis Wood (5-5, 5.15) faces Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42).