Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, Mets 4
June, 5, 2014
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Cubs beat the Mets 7-4 on Thursday night, completing a three-game sweep. Here’s a quick look at the game.
How it happened: Anthony Rizzo hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh after Andrew Brown tied the game 4-4 in the top of the inning with a two-run shot. The Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the second when they challenged a play at home plate, as Luis Valbuena was initially called out. The call was reversed, and then pitcher Travis Wood promptly hit a two-run home run. They added one in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Wood, who totaled three RBIs on the night. The Mets chased Wood in the sixth on Tejada and Chris Young hits before tying it in the seventh. Junior Lake added some insurance with a two-out, two-run double in the eighth. Neil Ramirez got the save. Wood went five-plus innings, giving up just four hits, but he walked five.
What it means: Rizzo’s home run came off the righty Vic Black. He’s been struggling against righties while thriving off lefties. It’s the reverse split, and it’s kept his overall numbers down. But he drove Black’s fastball into the right-field bleachers, providing a clutch home run. He rarely did that last year. Despite those struggles against righties, Rizzo is still having a rebound year. His batting average is "only" .271, but that’s a whole lot better than last year’s .233.
Ramirez pitched the ninth, as Hector Rondon was given the night off after throwing in two straight games. It was his first career save for Ramirez, who has proved himself in high-leverage situations since being called up from the minors.
Cubs sweep: It’s the first series sweep of the season for the Cubs; they improved their record to 23-34. It’s also the first three-game sweep of the Mets at Wrigley Field since 2004.
Baker ailing: Before the game, manager Rick Renteria said catcher John Baker took a foul ball off his throat on Wednesday and might not play for a couple of days. Luis Valbuena would be the emergency catcher behind Eli Whiteside.
What’s next: The Cubs open a series with the Miami Marlins on Friday with Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.78) facing Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.24) at 3:05 p.m.