Neither the Mets nor the Cubs wanted to score tonight for the longest time, but once again, the Mets proved that no one will stop them from not scoring! No one!
For the first time in eons, Bartolo Colon got a no-decision tonight. It's a shame, because he pitched wonderfully. The 42-year-old threw seven shutout innings, surrendered only two hits, and struck out eight against a Cubs lineup that, though eager to help boost his confidence tonight, is nonetheless an intimidating one to face for any pitcher. Additionally, Bobby Parnell, Jeurys Familia, and Hansel Robles combined to pitch scoreless eighth, ninth, and tenth innings.
On the offensive side, the Mets put several men on base against Jon Lester and the Cubs' bullpen. The problem, as it has been for the Amazins during the past few weeks, was getting those men across home plate. The Mets left eight men on base, were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and seemed to grow more incompetent at the plate and on the basepaths as the game wore on, and on, and on. (A Darrell Ceciliani and Ruben Tejada's failed suicide squeeze in the eighth was particularly tragic looking.)
The Cubs finally scored (twice in fact) in the eleventh: Once on a Starlin Castro fielder's choice against Carlos Torres, and again when Miguel Montero singled in Chris Coghlan against Sean Gilmartin. The Mets had something brewing in the bottom of that inning, but—poetically—Kevin Plawecki struck out with runners on first and third to end it.
GameThread Roll Call
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