Game Sixty-Five – Cubs 6, Mets 3
WP – Edwin Jackson (3-8) LP – Shaun Marcum (0-8) Save – Kevin Gregg (8)
The Cubs started the seven-game road trip with a solid, but costly, victory over the Mets at Citi Field. The Cubs posted back-to-back wins with Friday’s victory for the first time since their season-long five game winning streak ended on May 31.
The Cubs jumped on Shaun Marcum and scored five of their six runs in the first three innings. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-4 with a home run) put a run on the board in the first inning with a solo homer, his ninth longball of the season. Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a RBI) delivered a RBI single with the bags juiced in the third that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
David DeJesus (1-for-2 with a triple and three RBI) cleared the bases one batter later with his second triple of the season and the Cubs’ four-run third inning ended up being the difference in the game as the Cubs beat Shaun Marcum for the first time in his career.
Dale Sveum dropped Anthony Rizzo down to the fifth spot in the lineup for the first time this season to get him to relax a little. Anthony Rizzo (3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored) responded with his first three-hit game since May 25. Rizzo squared up the ball rather well after reaching on a bloop single in his first at bat.
Luis Valbuena (1-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored) reached base twice and scored on DeJesus’ triple in the third. Dioner Navarro (2-for-4 with a run scored) also recorded a multi-hit game.
David DeJesus had to leave the game in the third inning after he crashed into the wall in right center trying to catch a deep fly off the bat of Juan Lagares. DeJesus lay on the track in obvious pain after injuring his right shoulder. The wall gave as DeJesus, who appeared to be running full speed, collided with the wall. DeJesus was able to walk off the field under his own power as he left the game.
David DeJesus is headed for the DL after X-rays determined that he sprained his right shoulder.
The Cubs offense had one of their better road games of the season. The Cubs scored six runs on nine runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. The Cubs went 3-for-9 with RISP on Friday night while leaving four men on base.
Edwin Jackson had a good outing and earned his second straight victory. Jackson was not as sharp as he was last Sunday against the Pirates but he was effective. There were a lot of deep counts against Jackson but he was able to make the big pitch and got the key out when he needed to on Friday. Jackson had very good command of his slider which led to many of the seven strikeouts.
Jackson posted his second consecutive quality start after allowing one run on five hits with three walks, a hit batsman and seven strikeouts in six innings. Jackson threw 102 pitches, 58 for strikes.
James Russell gave up the other two runs in a very shaky seventh inning. If not for a baserunning gaffe by David Wright, Russell’s line might have ended up worse than it did.
Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg retired the last six batters to save the win for Edwin Jackson.
With Friday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 27-38 on the season.
Shaun Marcum retired DeJesus (called third strike) and Castro (grounded out to third) to start the game. Nate Schierholtz followed and pulled a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right. Schierholtz’s ninth homer of the season put the Cubs up 1-0. Soriano flied out to right to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson worked around a two-out single by David Wright in the first by striking out Lucas Duda swinging to end the inning. Jackson threw 20 pitches in the first, 12 for strikes.
Anthony Rizzo led off the Cubs’ second with a bloop single to left center. Rizzo did not appear happy with the hit but ended up at first with a single. Dioner Navarro followed with a single to right (2-0 pitch) and the Cubs had runners on first and second with no outs. Luis Valbuena walked on four pitches to load the bases.
Darwin Barney drove a 0-1 pitch into center. Rizzo scored and the Cubs took a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Marcum caught Jackson looking for the first out.
David DeJesus then drove a 2-0 pitch to deep center. Juan Lagares raced back and nearly made a tremendous catch at the wall. The ball went off the tip of his glove. DeJesus ended up a third with his second triple of the year as Navarro, Valbuena and Barney scored. With the Cubs up 5-0 in the second, Terry Collins brought his infield in. Castro popped out to shallow right and Schierholtz grounded out to second to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson plunked Marlon Byrd to start the second but ended up facing the minimum after John Buck rolled into a 4-6-3 double play. Starlin Castro made an excellent turn after the feed from Barney. Jackson struck out Omar Quintanilla swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.
After the Cubs went down in order in the third, Juan Lagares led off the third for the Mets and hit a deep drive to centerfield. David DeJesus ran back toward the wall as he tracked the ball. DeJesus looked back briefly before refocusing his attention on the baseball. DeJesus hit the wall in right center with his right shoulder, the wall gave as he crashed into it and DeJesus fell to the warning track. DeJesus hit his head rather hard on the track and lay on the track writhing in pain as Schierholtz threw the ball back in before taking care of his teammate. Lagares ended up at third with his first career triple.
P.J. Mainville, the Cubs trainer, jogged out to check on DeJesus along with several of his teammates and coaching staff. DeJesus was helped to his feet and walked off the field, with a little help, under his own power. DeJesus left the game and went for X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. Ryan Sweeney took over for DeJesus in center.
When play resumed, Jackson retired Marcum and Valdespin on pop outs to short before Daniel Murphy ripped a single into center and plated Lagares with the Mets’ first run. Jackson walked David Wright (3-1 pitch) and ran the count full to Lucas Duda before striking out the Mets’ clean-up hitter swinging to end the inning.
After three, the Cubs led 5-1 and the score remained the same until the sixth inning.
Anthony Rizzo doubled to right center with one out in the sixth. Marcum retired Navarro on a flyout to center before Luis Valbuena doubled off the base of the wall in right center. Valbuena ended up at second as Rizzo scored the Cubs’ sixth run. Terry Collins decided that was enough for Marcum and went to his pen for David Aardsma.
The former Cubs’ reliever retired Darwin Barney on a flyout to center for the third out.
Edwin Jackson retired the side in order in the sixth … and at the end of six complete, the Cubs led 6-1.
James Russell took over for Jackson in the seventh and was fortunate to give up only two runs while letting the Mets back in the game.
Collin Cowgill hit for Aardsma to start the seventh and ripped a 0-2 pitch over Sweeney’s head in center for a double. Justin Turner hit for Valdespin and lined out to Castro for the first out. A wild pitch on a 0-2 offering to Murphy allowed Cowgill to advance to second. Daniel Murphy then drove a single into left. Cowgill scored and the Cubs’ lead was cut to 6-2.
David Wright singled to center and the Mets had runners on first and second with one down. Lucas Duda followed with a single to left center (1-2 pitch). Murphy scored but for some reason Wright tried to advance to third. Soriano threw him out easily for the second out. Russell struck out Marlon Byrd swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs could not capitalize on back-to-back two out singles by Anthony Rizzo and Dioner Navarro off lefty Josh Edgin in the eighth. Carlos Marmol did his job in the home half and retired the side in order. After eight complete, the Cubs led 6-3.
Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth to close it out for Edwin Jackson.
Scott Feldman is scheduled to face lefty Jon Niese on Saturday just after noon central.