Game Eighty-One – Cubs 3, Mets 14
WP – Noah Syndergaard (9-3) LP – Jon Lester (9-4) Save – None
The Cubs were blown out Sunday as the Mets completed the four-game sweep over the Cubs. The Mets believer a statement was made by winning all four in the series. Noah Syndergaard dominated the Cubs offense and Jon Lester could not complete two innings.
The Mets teed off on Lester and scored eight runs on nine hits in 1 /3 innings, the shortest outing of his career. The Mets squared up Lester and had just about every ball they put in play fall in on Sunday afternoon. Lester allowed three home runs and made 56 pitches, 36 for strikes.
The bottom of the Mets’ lineup did incredible damage against Cubs pitching like they knew what was being thrown. Wilmer Flores (6-for-6 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI) and Rene Rivera (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) had career days at the plate.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a RBI) actually gave the Cubs a short-lived lead with a single in the first inning that plated Jason Heyward (1-for-5 with a run scored). Curtis Granderson tied the game in the bottom of the first with a solo home run. And the Mets scored seven runs in the second while knocking Lester out of the game.
Spencer Patton replaced Lester and gave Joe Maddon innings. Patton lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks. Patton struck out three but he made 81 pitches, 50 for strikes. Patton will not be available for several days. Patton did a serviceable job against the Mets after being forced into duty.
The Mets added on in the seventh off Joel Peralta. Kelly Johnson hit the Mets’ fifth home run of the game.
Miguel Montero completed the last 1 1/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits.
Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a home run and a HBP) hit a solo homer in the ninth. Javier Baez (3-for-4 with a double and a run scored) scored on a wild pitch in the ninth.
Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4) made his Major League debut and led off the seventh with a single to right off Noah Syndergaard. Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-2) and Addison Russell (2-for-3) each had two hits after entering the game in place of Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist.
The Cubs had 11 hits, but all came after the game was well out of reach.
The Mets scored 14 runs on 22 hits (five home runs) and really took it to the Cubs all weekend.
With Sunday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 51-30 on the season.
The Cubs begin a four-game homestand Monday with the first of three with the Reds on the Fourth of July. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to take on lefty Cody Reed.