National League Championship Series Game 4 – Cubs 3, Mets 8
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The Cubs season came to an end Wednesday night as the Mets completed the four-game sweep of the NLCS and advanced to the World Series.
The Cubs were unable to slow down the Mets. By the time the Cubs recorded their first hit, the Mets already had a 6-0 lead. The Metropolitans cruised to a series victory and to the first National League Pennant since 2000.
The Mets scored the first six runs on three two out hits. Lucas Duda launched a three-run homer off Jason Hammel in the first inning and Travis d’Arnaud followed with a solo shot. The back-to-back homers came within three pitches and gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Duda added a two-out, two-run double in the second inning off Travis Wood.
The Mets made it 8-1 in the eighth when Daniel Murphy hit another home run, a two-run longball off of Fernando Rodney.
Jorge Soler (3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored) doubled to start the fourth and broke up the shutout when he scored on a grounder to first off the bat of Kyle Schwarber (0-for-3 with a walk and a RBI). And Kris Bryant (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI) smacked a two-run homer in the eighth inning with Jorge Soler on board that accounted for the Cubs last two runs of the season.
Jason Hammel’s second half continued and concluded on Wednesday. Hammel struggled with his location since July and he left two too many pitches up in the zone. Hammel lasted only 1 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs on four hits (two home runs) with two walks, a HBP and a strikeout. Hammel made 47 pitches, 28 for strikes.
The bullpen did not allow the Mets to tack on until the eighth but by that time the Cubs did not have enough outs to mount a comeback against the Mets’ staff. Clayton Richard, Trevor Cahill, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon put zeros on the board.
The Cubs lost the NLCS to the Mets 4-0.
Jason Hammel could not record three outs before the Mets had a commanding lead Wednesday. Curtis Granderson singled to left on the seventh pitch of the at bat. Hammel struck out Wright and Murphy fouled out to Bryant. On the first pitch to Cespedes, Granderson stole second. Hammel walked Cespedes and put two on with two out for Duda.
Hammel could not put away Duda and the Mets’ first baseman joined the parade of Mets players that have had everything go right for them in the series. Lucas Duda hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall just to the left of straight away center … 3-0 Mets. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a homer to right. And within a span of three pitches the Cubs were down 4-0.
Hammel hit Conforto with a 2-2 pitch as Travis Wood started warming in the pen. Flores reached on a bloop single to left. Schwarber misplayed the ball and Conforto ended up at third base with two down. Steven Matz battted before he threw a pitch and flied out to deep right for the third out.
Jason Hammel made 38 pitches, 24 for strikes, in the first inning.
The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the first. Matz made only 13 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first inning. And after one complete it was 4-0 Mets in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Joe Maddon left Hammel in for the second inning. Hammel faced two batters before he was lifted for Travis Wood. Granderson flied out to left to start the second. Hammel walked Wright and Maddon made the slow walk. Wood gave up a single to Daniel Murphy. Cespedes was called out on strikes.
Lucas Duda pulled a 3-2 pitch through the shift and into right center. Wright and Murphy scored on a double by Duda … 6-0 Mets. Wood struck out d’Arnaud swinging to end the inning.
It was a quick 1-2-3 second inning for the Cubs. After two complete, the Mets had a 6-0 lead.
Travis Wood and Clayton Richard kept the Mets off the board in the third and fourth innings.
Jorge Soler started the fourth with the Cubs first hit of the night, a double to right. Kris Bryant walked and Anthony Rizzo singled to center on a 0-2 pitch from Matz. Gary Jones held Soler at third with no outs.
Starlin Castro stepped in with the bases loaded and smoked Matz’s first pitch toward third. David Wright made a leaping catch and summed up the Cubs luck in the series. Instead of a bases clearing double. The bases were still loaded but with one out.
Kyle Schwarber dribbled a 1-2 pitch to first. Duda fielded the ball and took it to the bag as Soler scored, 6-1 Mets. With runners on second and third, Javier Baez fouled out to Flores in the left field bullpen to end the inning.
The Mets led 6-1 after four innings.
The Cubs were unable to chip away at the Mets lead and Game 4 went to the eighth inning with the Mets leading 6-1.
Daniel Murphy hit another a home run, this one was a two-run shot to center off Fernando Rodney and made it an 8-1 game. Rodney got out of the inning, his last with the Cubs, without serving up any more home runs.
Tyler Clippard took over for Addison Reed in the eighth and the Cubs put a crooked number on the board for the first time. Soler led off with his second double of the game. Kris Bryant followed and launched a two-run homer into the bleachers in left center … 8-3 Mets.
At least Bryant, who was the first to hit a home run into the new bleachers, put the last ball of the season into the bleachers at the old ballyard.
Anthony Rizzo lined out to right. Starlin Castro grounded out to third and Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging to end the inning.
The game went to the ninth with the Cubs down 8-3.
Hector Rondon completed a scoreless top of the inning, but the Cubs could only manage a two-out walk from Miguel Montero in the ninth. Dexter Fowler was called out on strikes (3-2 pitch) to end the game. And the Cubs season ended in Game 4 of the NLCS.
The Cubs next game is April 3, 2016 against the Angels in Los Angeles.