The Mets somehow beat the Cubs by a final score of 2-1. Jeurys Familia did his best Houdini impression and worked out of a bases loaded and nobody out jam in the ninth to save it for the Mets.
Defense was an ongoing theme in this game and Jose Reyes fielding a ball in the ninth that probably would have gone foul set up the bases-loaded situation. Familia then got Matt Szczur to ground into a 3-2 fielder’s choice and got Kris Bryant to ground into a double play to end the game.
Noah Syndergaard was burned by defense as well. He showed no ill effects from his dead arm scare, but he had to work out of trouble early and when the defense let him down his pitch count rose. The most glaring mistake was a throwing error by Rene Rivera which allowed Willson Contreras to score from third. That unearned run was all Syndergaard would allow in 5.2 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.
Jake Arrieta was also stellar for the Cubs allowing just one run in seven innings. Jose Reyes tripled to lead off the sixth and Curtis Granderson sacrificed him home for the only run Arrieta would allow. Arrieta’s baserunning would play a role when he would get thrown out at the plate in the fourth to keep it a one run game.
Rene Rivera would make up for his earlier mistake when he drove in Neil Walker in the ninth to give the Mets the lead.
The combination of Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles kept the Mets in the ballgame and even though Familia was shaky the Mets walked away with a big win.
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