The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the NLCS Tuesday night, as the 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup went a combined 8-for-13, propelling Jacob deGrom to his third win in the postseason. The Cubs, starting Jason Hammel in Game 4, have the unenviable task of requiring four straight victories to advance on to the World Series. Before Steven Matz takes the mound tonight in hopes of extending the Curse of the Billy Goat, let's take a look at how the Mets won Game 3.
The Mets ran on opposing pitcher Kyle Hendricks twice in the early going, once unsuccessfully—Curtis Granderson was thrown out on a straight steal attempt—but once resulting in an RBI double from Yoenis Cespedes on a hit-and-run.
Staked to a 1-0 lead, Jacob deGrom labored in the bottom half of the first inning. Throwing 29 pitches, deGrom surrendered a solo home run to Kyle Schwarber, drawing the game even at 1-1. The score would remain tied until the top of the third, when Daniel Murphy homered in his fifth consecutive postseason game.
After two scoreless frames from deGrom, a solo homer off the bat of Jorge Soler tied the game once again at 2-2. The game would remain deadlocked until the top of the sixth inning, when a Michael Conforto strikeout resulted in a passed ball; allowing Yoenis Cespedes, who had stolen third base and took big leads with the Cubs shifted against Conforto, to score, giving the Mets a 3-2 advantage.
The following play would result in controversy, as Wilmer Flores doubled past a sprawling Jorge Soler, invoking a ground-rule double and allowing no runners to score.
It was in the top of the seventh that the Mets began to pull away, as Yoenis Cespedes drilled an RBI single off the glove of Kyle Schwarber, scoring David Wright and putting the Amazins up 4-2.
Lucas Duda would then ground out to first base, allowing another run to score. The Mets would enter the seventh inning stretch with a comfortable three-run lead.
Leaving the game for pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson in the eighth inning, Jacob deGrom exited having given up just two earned runs over seven innings. The strong efforts of the Mets pitching staff have ultimately been the story in this series.
After a scoreless inning from Tyler Clippard, Jeurys Familia came on to notch his fifth save of the postseason.