Game Ninety-Four – Cubs 6, Mets 2
WP – Kyle Hendricks (9-6) LP – Bartolo Colon (8-5) Save – None
Anthony Rizzo blasted two homers and drove in three runs. Addison Russell delivered a two-out, two-run double in the first inning. And Kyle Hendricks tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cubs beat the Mets on Wednesday afternoon at the old ballyard and took the series two games to one.
The Cubs bounced back from a rough loss on Tuesday night with an impressive win over the Mets in the rubber game of the series. The Cubs teed off on Bartolo Colon and scored all six runs off the veteran right-hander before Terry Collins could get him out of the game. Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of tape-measure home runs. Addison Russell doubled in two runs. And Javier Baez added a run with an infield single.
The Cubs defense was outstanding all afternoon and kept the Mets from mounting any kind of comeback against Kyle Hendricks and the bullpen. Jason Heyward threw out James Loney at the plate to end the fourth inning. Javier Baez made an incredible catch as he ran in to Rizzo’s tarp for the first out in the seventh inning with two on and no outs. The Cubs turned two double plays and did not give the Mets any extra opportunities. The only runs for the Mets came on one swing of the bat, a two-run homer by Wilmer Flores in the eighth inning off Travis Wood.
Kyle Hendricks picked up where he left off against the Rangers. Hendricks tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Hendricks had excellent command once again. And the Cubs defense made all of the plays behind him. Hendricks struck out the side in order in two different innings, the first and third, and finished the game with seven strikeouts. Hendricks kept the Mets off balance and gave up very little hard contact.
Jason Heyward picked up Hendricks with an excellent throw to the plate that nailed James Loney to end the fourth inning. With the Cubs leading 3-0, Hendricks gave up back-to-back two-out singles to Loney and Travis d’Arnaud in the fourth. Kelly Johnson smoked a single to center. Heyward charged and made a perfect throw to Miguel Montero. Loney was tagged out to end the inning. Replays showed the Cubs caught a break. But the Mets did not challenge the call.
Hendricks retired the leadoff hitter in the first six innings. Hendricks walked d’Arnaud to start the seventh. Hendricks was gassed by that point and faced two more batters before Maddon went to the pen. Javier Baez made an outstanding catch as he ran in to Rizzo’s tarp to retire Juan Lagares with two on and no outs. Maddon made the slow walk and brought in Carl Edwards Jr. to face Michael Conforto. Edwards Jr. induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning … and closed the book on Hendricks.
Kyle Hendricks allowed seven hits and no runs with a walk and seven strikeouts. Hendricks made 89 pitches, 59 for strikes, in 6 1/3 innings.
Carl Edwards Jr. started the eighth and retired pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza on a grounder to first. Anthony Rizzo made an excellent play for the first out. Edwards Jr. walked Jose Reyes. And Maddon went to the pen for Travis Wood.
Wood retired Granderson on a flyout to right. But Wilmer Flores launched a two-run homer to left, 6-2 Cubs. Wood retired Loney on a fly out to left.
Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth after working around a one-out single from Johnson. Rondon struck out Lagares swinging and retired Michael Conforto on a fly out to Albert Almora Jr. in center to end the game.
The Cubs were very patient with Bartolo Colon in the first inning, made him work (32 pitches, 15 strikes) and scored two runs on a clutch two-out double from Addison Russell (3-for-3 with a double, a HBP and two RBI).
Kris Bryant (2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored) reached on a swinging bunt with one out in the first. Bryant tapped a 3-2 pitch up the third baseline that just stopped on the grass. Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI) got under Colon’s first pitch and popped out to right center for the second out. With Contreras at the plate, Bryant stole second on a 2-2 pitch. Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored) walked. Jason Heyward (0-for-3 with a walk) worked a two out walk and loaded the bases with two outs.
Addison Russell ripped a 2-2 pitch to left. Bryant and Contreras scored on a clutch two-out double from Russell and the Cubs took a 2-0 lead.
Anthony Rizzo was responsible for the Cubs next three runs. Rizzo launched a 2-0 pitch from Colon with one out in the third inning. The ball ended up deep in the bleachers in right center after traveling 451 feet and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead.
Terry Collins decided to leave Bartolo Colon in for the fifth inning and the Cubs put the game away.
Kris Bryant led off the fifth with a double to right center on a 1-2 pitch. And he was on board for Rizzo’s second tape-measure shot of the day.
Anthony Rizzo crushed a 1-0 pitch from Colon. The ball sailed into the bleachers in right center about 20 feet short of where his first blast landed. Rizzo’s two-run shot gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead.
Willson Contreras followed Rizzo’s second dinger with an infield single to third. Heyward tapped back to the mound but Contreras moved to second on the play. Addison Russell then respected 90 and reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Russell hustled out of the box and just beat the throw.
Collins decided he’d seen enough of Colon and went to his pen for Antonio Bastardo. Montero struck out swinging for the second out.
With runners on the corners and two down, Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a RBI) smoked a 1-0 pitch toward third. Wilmer Flores dove toward the hole, the ball hit off the end of his glove and trickled into left field. Contreras scored, 6-0 Cubs.
The Cubs scored six runs on 11 hits and two walks … and finished the game 4-for-8 with RISP and left eight men on base.
With Wednesday win, the Cubs finished the six-game homestand with a 4-2 record and improved to 57-37 on the season.
Thursday is an off day for the Cubs. Joe Maddon’s team begins a five-game road trip on Friday night (7:10pm CDT) with the first of three in Milwaukee. Jason Hammel faces Jimmy Nelson in the opener at Miller Park.