The Cubs faced a tall task against Mets ace Jacob deGrom at Citi Field on Tuesday night. Surprisingly, Chicago got their own outstanding starting pitching performance and took home the victory.
Chicago used small ball to expand their lead in the top of the 4th, loading the bases with two singles and a misplayed bunt. Yan Gomes hit a sacrifice fly and Patrick Wisdom added a safety squeeze to give the road team a 3-0 edge.
Why the Cubs Won
They got a terrific start from Sampson, who out-dueled deGrom, while the Cubs’ offense was able to create just enough offense to pull out the win.
Eye on the Future
- Happ has just kept hitting all season long and to do it against one of the best in the league is even more impressive.
- Hughes got his second consecutive save as he settles into the closer’s role.
- Sampson had some control issues but timely double plays got him off the hook in a very good effort: 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K, and 4 BB.
- Rafael Ortega had to leave the game after taking a Jacob deGrom fastball off his finger on a bunt attempt in the 4th.
On paper this looked like an easy win for New York, however, they don’t play these games on paper. Give this undermanned team a lot of credit for putting up a big effort to pull an upset. Sampson should be an important depth piece for next season’s rotation.
The Cubs go for a sweep against the playoff-bound Mets on Wednesday at 6:10pm CT. The Mets have yet to announce a pitcher while Drew Smyly takes the mound for Chicago in a contest airing on Marquee Sports Network and 670 The Score.