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Final Score: Cubs 2, Mets 1—Strand by your men

The Mets stranded a small army on base and wasted a fine performance by Zack Wheeler, as the Cubs scraped together a walkoff win in the opener of a three-game series.

Jeffrey Phelps

Playing a rare game outside of Philadelphia, the Mets scored in the top of the first on a Curtis Granderson sac fly. They then spent most of the innings that followed conducting an experiment to see how close they could come to scoring without actually doing it. They collected eight hits in the following eight innings but could only manage one hit with a runner in scoring position (a hit that failed to knock in a run) while stranding 10 runners.

Zack Wheeler did his best to pick up the slack by limiting the Cubs to two hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings and striking out seven. It looked like the Mets' one run might be enough, with Chicago batters appearing listless at the plate. But Chris Coghlan stunned everyone (including himself, I assume) by hitting a game-tying solo shot in the eighth off of lefty Josh Edgin. After the Mets failed to complete a double play in the ninth, the Cubs capitalized when Nate Schierholtz drove in Anthony Rizzo, giving the Cubs a walkoff win and giving the Mets a smack-your-head loss.

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