Saturday, June 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Mets 2
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- During a Q&A session with season ticket holders on Saturday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said there would be better days ahead for the squad.
Those better days didn't begin Saturday.
The Mets lost for the 10th time in 12 games as they managed just six hits in a 5-2 loss to the Cubs at Citi Field. The Mets had chances to tie the game in the eighth and ninth, but couldn't come through with the big hit.
Offensive offense: The Mets were held in check by Scott Feldman, failing to mount any semblance of an offense for most of the afternoon. They had just two hits against him in seven innings, coming on back-to-back doubles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright to start the fourth. After those hits, Feldman retired the next 12 Mets. The Mets have scored six runs in their past three games.
Sort of Niese: Jon Niese gave up just two runs through 5 2/3 innings, but that line looks better than he pitched. He allowed runners in every inning but the fifth, and the Cubs worked the count against the southpaw. Niese escaped most jams, but Feldman tagged him for the pair of runs with a two-run single in the fourth that made it 2-0. Niese dropped to 3-6.
Wright record: Wright tied a career high as he reached base in nine straight plate appearances following a fourth-inning double. Wright nearly established a new career best with a deep fly to left in the sixth, but his ball died just short of the wall. Wright went 1-for-3 with a walk but failed in a clutch spot, striking out with two men on and two outs in the eighth down 5-2.
Not helping: Jordany Valdespin is being given an audition at second base to see if he can be an everyday player for the Mets. It doesn't help his cause when he makes an error like he did in the first inning, when his errant throw allowed for an extra base. He's not doing much at the plate either, as he's hitting just .214, although he did have an RBI single on Saturday.
Confusion: With the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth, Chicago's Darwin Barney hit a low liner to center. The Cubs thought it was caught and all stayed in place, but it was ruled a hit, and an out was made at second due to a force. Terry Collins came and chatted with the umpires right after they made their call.
Up next: The Mets will look to avoid the sweep as they send Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 4.11 ERA) to the mound against Matt Garza (1-1, 6.26) at 1:10 p.m. on Father's Day.