Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Cubs 4
By Sahadev Sharma
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at the New York Mets' rain-shortened 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday:
The good: The offense showed up for one inning as the Cubs put a four spot up in the first. Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano each had two-run doubles in the inning. James Russell saved the pitching staff once again, allowing only one run in his 3 2/3 innings of relief.
The bad: Starter Casey Coleman lasted only 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Justin Berg came in to relieve Coleman and didn't fare any better. Berg failed to throw a strike, let alone record an out, as he walked three men on 12 straight pitches.
Outside the Box: With his two-run double with the bases loaded, Johnson is now hitting .500 (8-for-16) with runners in scoring position.
Up next: Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.88 ERA) takes on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.71) as the Cubs try to take the rubber match with the Mets at 1:20 p.m. Thursday.