Matt Harvey does it all to beat Cubs

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Full Box Score

Another frustrating one run loss for the Cubs, just when you thought they might be starting to win these close games today happens.  It was a stiff test as the Cubs were facing off against all everything Matt Harvey, and he was as good as advertised, well, after the first inning.  After falling behind 1-0 on a David Wright home run in the first the Cubs answered right back with two runs in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead.  Edwin Jackson pitched right with Harvey for the Rizzo 5-17whole game until Harvey got in his way, with the bat.  That’s right, not only did Harvey get the win on the mound, but he got the game winning hit in the seventh inning.  The Cubs still had a chance in this one, but a questionable send by third base coach David Bell took the Cubs out of the eighth inning.  Bell has been fine all year, so I’m not going to pin this on him, but it hurts to have the game tying run cut down at the plate for the second out of the inning when it could have been first and third with one out with Castro and Rizzo coming to the plate.

At The Plate – The Cubs didn’t have much going against Harvey, but did have a very good first inning, and threatened late.  The Cubs could only manage six hits on the day, but were 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position.  Starlin Castro had a solid day going 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .287 on the season.  Anthony Rizzo was 1-for-4 with a double, his twelfth of the season, and a run scored.  Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, and Darwin Barney recorded the other hits in the game.

On The Mound – Edwin Jackson was solid, but ended up registering his sixth loss of the season.  Jackson worked 6.2 innings giving up three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.  James Russell was solid out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two.  Kyuji Fujikawa was continues to string together good outings going one scoreless inning while striking out two.

Up Next – Game two of the series at 12:05 PM CST.  The Mets will send Jeremy Hefner to the mound and the Cubs will counter with Scott Feldman

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Game Highlights:

Soriano’s infield single results in two runs
Barney and Castro turn two
Barney gunned down at the plate

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Cubs Bid For Sweep Ends In Disaster

Certain games you just forget and move on, I think losing 17-1 would be one of those games.  Nothing went right for the Cubs as the Mets turned a 1-1 game into a laugher in just a matter of three innings.  Entering the fourth inning the game was tied at one, then the Mets went on an offensive binge, scoring three in the 4th, six in the 5th, and six in the 6th, and just like that it was 16-1, yikes.  Jeff Samardzija was god awful, and Casey Coleman was probably worse.  Samardzija gave up nine runs on six hits in 4.1 innings while walking four and striking out one.  Talk of a possible all-star appearance has officially been thrown out the window as Samardzija falls to 5-7 on the year with a 5.05 ERA.  Coleman came in to put out the fire, instead he doused it with gasoline.  He lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one. 

The Cubs were not much better at the plate as they only managed nine hits and one run against Jonathan Niese and the Mets pen.  Anthony Rizzo was 1-for-4 with a double, nice to see him swing the bat well against a lefty as that was his big stumbling block last year.  Darwin Barney also had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  These games happen, the good news is that it only counts as one loss.  Still a good series for the Cubs, taking two out of three from a solid team is definitely a positive.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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