Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Mets clobber the Cubs to salvage the final game of the series

The Mets clobber the Cubs to salvage the final game of the series

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Chicago,IL(June 27, 2012)-The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs by the score of 17-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Mets got a lot of hitting and some good pitching from Jon Niese. Jeff Samardzija had a rough day starting for the Cubs and Barney led their offense.

Niese pitched seven innings giving up eight hits and a run with a walk and six strikeouts. Niese is now 6-3 on the season. Ramon Ramirez pitched two innings giving up a hit and struck out two. Samardzija lost his seventh game of the season and pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up six hits and nine runs. He walked four and struck out one. Coleman pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up six hits and seven runs with a couple of walks and a strikeout. The Cubs used three other relievers who pitched three innings giving up four hits and a run. They walked one and struck out two.

Andres Torres had a hit and drew a walk, Ruben Tejada had three hits and David Wright had two hits and five RBI. Justin Turner had a hit, Lucas Duda drew three walks and Ike Davis had three hits and four RBI. Scott Hairston had two hits and four RBI, Daniel Murphy had three hits and four RBI and Josh Thole had a hit. Niese drew two walks and Mike Nickeas drew a walk. Murphy, Davis, Tejada, Wright and Thole each had a double. Murphy had two homeruns, Davis and Hairston each hit a homerun. The Mets were 7-13 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Torres had a stolen base, Thole had a passed ball. Niese had a pickoff.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth and six each in the fifth and sixth innings. Wright had a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the second Valbuena had an RBI double to tie the game at one. In the fourth Davis had an RBI double and Murphy had a two run homerun and it was 4-1 Mets. Wright hit a two run double in the fifth, Davis hit a three run homerun and Murphy hit a solo homerun making it 10-1 Mets. In the sixth Wright hit a two run single and Hairston hit a grand slam and it was 16-1 Mets. In the eighth Murphy grounded out to make it 17-1.

The Mets salvaged the final game of the three game series. The Mets improved their record to 40-36 and the Cubs record fell to 26-49. The Mets will head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a four game series beginning on Thursday night.

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