In case last night’s preceding events are all a blur now, Jacob deGrom had another fantastic outing, tossing eight innings of one-run ball and striking out ten Cubs. He also had two hits and drove in the Mets’ only run in the sixth inning to boot. deGrom was once again let down by his defense in the seventh, when Ben Zobrist hit a sharp grounder under the glove of Jay Bruce that was scored a hit. David Bote’s sacrifice fly then tied the game at one apiece.
The game remained tied until play resumed this afternoon. Michael Conforto led off the top of the tenth with a walk against Steve Cishek, but was erased by a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play to end the inning. Jerry Blevins worked around a two-out single to pitch a scoreless tenth. The Mets were the victim of yet another double play in the top of the eleventh when Wilmer Flores lined out and Brandon Nimmo was doubled off.
Things unraveled quickly for the Mets in the eleventh. Paul Sewald took the mound and walked Javier Baez—who rarely walks—to lead off the inning. Victor Caratini then bunted to move Baez to second, but Sewald threw the ball nowhere in the neighborhood of first base and thus failed to record an out on the play. Kyle Schwarber was intentionally walked to set up the double play and Sewald managed to strike out Albert Amora Jr. looking for the first out. Daniel Zamora was then tasked with trying to induce a ground ball from Ben Zobrist. He did get a ground ball, but it was out of the reach of Amed Rosario, giving the Cubs the victory and the series win.
The Mets now look to salvage the finale this afternoon with Jason Vargas on the hill, looking to build on his recent success.
Full recap to follow.
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