Pete Alonso led off the fourth inning with his 42nd home run of the season, which set a new franchise single-season mark. It was all downhill from there for the New York Mets, who went quietly into the night as they fell 5-2 to the Chicago Cubs.
The game was billed as a critical test for the team and a golden opportunity to make up ground in the NL Wild Card race. Instead, the offense couldn’t figure out Yu Darvish aside from Alonso’s record-breaking home run, which came on the first pitch of the fourth inning. With the memory of the home run and the good feelings that came with it still fresh on everybody’s minds, the Cubs immediately responded in the fifth thanks to a two-run home run from Addison Russell. The Cubs plated two more runs against Marcus Stroman in the sixth with a two-run home run from Javier Baez.
Meanwhile, Darvish cruised through eight innings as the Mets could only string together five hits. Two of those hits came off the bat off Wilson Ramos, who extended his major-league best hitting streak in 2019 to 20. The Mets had a golden opportunity to score when Michael Conforto led off the second with a triple, but they were unable to bring him home, which turned out to be a sign of things to come.
Jeff McNeil had a rough night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the loss. J.D. Davis added a meaningless home run in the ninth.
Full recap to follow.
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