Game Ninety-Three – Cubs 1, Mets 2
WP – Hansel Robles (4-3) LP – Hector Rondon (1-2) Save – Jeurys Familia (33)
The Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth inning down 2-1 but were unable to at least push across the tying run. And the Cubs gave another game to the Mets.
The Mets did not win the game, the Cubs lost it. There is a difference.
The game was tied at one entering the ninth inning. Hector Rondon started the inning and allowed Rene Rivera, of the barely hitting .200-Riveras, beat him. James Loney started the ninth with a bloop single to left on a 0-2 pitch. Neil Walker appeared to roll into a 3-6-3 double play. But upon further review, Walker beat Russell’s throw back to Rizzo. Asdrubal Cabrera singled to right and the Mets had two on with one out. Rondon struck out Michael Conforto swinging.
Rene Rivera collected his third hit of the game, a bloop single to right that allowed Walker to score, 2-1 Mets. Pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson grounded out to Zobrist to end the inning.
With super closer Jeurys Familia on the hill, Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a double and a walk) and Miguel Montero (0-for-3 with one walk) worked back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the ninth. Javier Baez (1-for-2) reached on a bunt single down the third baseline. And the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs.
Matt Szczur batted for Rondon and hit a 1-2 pitch off the end of his bat to first base. James Loney threw home and forced Russell for the first out.
Kris Bryant (2-for-5) stepped in with the bags loaded. Bryant pulled a 1-1 pitch to Jose Reyes at third. And Reyes started the 5-4-3 game ending double play.
In what has been a glaring problem cost the Cubs again on Tuesday night. The Cubs finished the game 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base in a one-run loss at home. The Cubs did not have a run scoring hit Tuesday. Willson Contreras scored the only run on a throwing error. The Cubs put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings and managed just the one run. The Cubs had plenty of opportunities to plate runs against Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia and came up empty.
Tuesday was a bad loss. The opponent is irrelevant. The Cubs should have won that game.
There was a big positive in Tuesday’s loss. Jake Arrieta was excellent and put together his best outing in a least a month, if not longer. Arrieta had excellent command early and pounded the strike zone. Arrieta executed every pitch and repeated his mechanics. Arrieta retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced in three innings on 27 pitches, 25 for strikes.
Arrieta got ahead in the count throughout his outing and really didn’t make any mistakes. The only run he allowed scored in the sixth and tied the game at one. Jose Reyes led off the inning with a triple to right. Kris Bryant took a bad route and turned a double into a triple. Bryant has made very few mistakes in the outfield this season. One happened in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game.
Curtis Granderson followed Reyes’ triple with a sac fly to center and tied the game at one.
Jake Arrieta completed seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Arrieta made 85 pitches, 63 for strikes. And at the plate, Arrieta was 1-for-2 with a double and almost scored a run in the fourth.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) doubled with two outs and scored from second base on a wild pitch and throwing error from Rene Rivera. In the fourth, Arrieta doubled with two outs. Tommy La Stella (2-for-3 with a walk) ripped a single to right. Arrieta was waived in and called safe, 2-1 Cubs. Terry Collins challenged the call and it was overturned. Arrieta was out at the plate to end the inning.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 56-37 on the season.
The Cubs wrap up the six-game homestand and the season series against the Mets on Wednesday afternoon (1:20pm CDT). Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Bartolo Colon.