The Cubs went into Wednesday’s game looking for their first series win in over two weeks as they hosted the Mets on a chilly night at Wrigley. They were able to do just that with the help of an outstanding starting pitching performance.
Marcus Stroman was very sharp early, getting a ton of outs on the ground. His only mistake came in the top of the 3rd inning when young catcher Francisco Alvarez homered to center to give New York a 2-0 advantage.
Chicago bounced right back with three off of Kodai Senga in the bottom of the frame. Dansby Swanson and Seiya Suzuki hit back-to-back RBI doubles to tie the score, then Mike Tauchman slashed an opposite-field single to left that scored Suzuki with the go-ahead run.
Nico Hoerner powered a solo home run that cut through the wind blowing in from left to double the Cubs’ lead in the 6th. Stroman went eight strong innings, recording a whopping 17 outs on the ground. Mark Leiter Jr. got a chance to close out the game in the 9th and retired the side in to earn the save. (Box score)
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Alvarez, who had homered earlier, came up with runners on first and third and one out in the 8th. Stroman induced him to ground to shortstop for an inning-ending double play to preserve the lead.
Why the Cubs Won
They got a great effort from the starter and had one big rally to provide the run support.
Stats That Matter
- Stroman was ultra-efficient on Wednesday night and four double plays certainly helped: 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 K, and 2 BB.
- Ian Happ had a couple hits, as did Tauchman.
- Christopher Morel had a single but his home run and extra-base hit streaks ended.
The Cubs finally were able to win a series, a very nice change of pace from their recent struggles. Stroman was on top of his game and made some Gold Glove-worthy defensive plays along the way. Chicago also had a rare drama-free save situation, more of that please.
The North Siders attempt to complete the sweep of the Mets Thursday at 6:40pm CT. Kyle Hendricks is back and starting against fellow veteran Carlos Carrasco with coverage on MLB Network (out of market only), Marquee, and 670 The Score.