The Mets have taken the first two games of the NLCS from the Cubs. They did it tonight by getting to Jake Arrieta early, scoring three runs in the first, the key blow being another Daniel Murphy homer.
Curtis Granderson had a huge night, starting both Mets rallies, scoring two runs—stealing second and third to set up one of them—and also stole a home run from nobody's favorite player Chris Coghlan. David Wright's second hit of the postseason was as big as his first: a ringing RBI double to bring in the game's first run. Murphy followed with his two-run bomb just inside the foul pole.
The Mets' strong string of postseason starts continued tonight with Noah Syndergaard, who went five and two-thirds dominant innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, alongside nine punchouts (for all the Mike Tyson fans in Chicago).
From there, the bullpen did the rest. Jon Niese came on as a LOOGY to strike out Anthony Rizzo with a man on second in the sixth. Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined to finish the job.
You can find a full recap here.
The series turns to Chicago on Tuesday night with Jacob deGrom on the hill for the Amazins.
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