The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 4-3. Steven Matz started for the Mets and he pitched ok and the bullpen was really good. Travis d'Arnaud had two hits to lead the offense which only had six hits.
Matz pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and three runs with three walks and six strikeouts. Erik Goeddel pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up no hits and no runs with a couple of strikeouts and also picked up his first win of the season. Addison Reed pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts, Jerry Blevins pitched to one batter and retired him and Jeurys Familia saved his 27th game of the season pitching an inning and giving up a hit and walking two with two strikeouts.
John Lackey pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Cubs giving up five hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Joel Peralta gave up a hit and two runs with only one of them being earned and a walk. He didn't record an out and he lost his first game of the season, Pedro Strop pitched 2/3 of an inning, striking out one and Trevor Cahill pitched an inning striking out one.
Brandon Nimmo had a hit and an RBI, Neil Walker had a hit and an RBI and Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI. James Loney had a hit, Kelly Johnson drew a walk and d'Arnaud had two hits and drew a walk and Alejandro De Aza drew a walk. Loney hit a double, Cespedes hit a homerun and the Mets were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Matz had a pickoff.
Ben Zobrist had two hits, Kris Bryant had a hit and two RBI and Anthony Rizzo had a hit and drew a walk. Willson Contreras had a hit and drew a walk, Javier Baez had two hits and an RBI and Matt Szczur had a hit. Addison Russell drew three walks, Albert Almora Jr. had a hit and Miguel Montero drew a walk. Almora Jr., Rizzo and Zobrist, Bryant, Baez hit a homerun. The Cubs were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Szczur was caught stealing and Baez committed an error.
Bryant hit a two run homerun in the first to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. In the sixth Baez hit a solo homerun to extend the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the sixth Cespedes hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-1. In the seventh Nimmo hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2. Walker reached on a fielders choice and two runs scored as an error also occurred on the play. The Mets had a 4-3 lead and they held on for the 4-3 win.
The two teams have split the first two games of four and will play game three on Friday night.