The Cubs bats finally woke up today, although against the hapless Mets, it didn’t really matter all that much. Jonathan Herrera, filling in for Kris Bryant who had the day off at third, led the charge after putting down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher that scored the game’s first run. He added a two-run homer in the sixth that all but put the game out of reach. The Cubs went on to win 6 – 1.
The Mets finally scored a run in the series after going 22 innings without a score. Curtis Granderson’s third-inning double was all the Mets could muster, as their offense continues to deflate. If you thought the Cubs were struggling coming into this series, take a look at the other dugout where starting pitcher Jacob deGrom punched a cooler with his pitching hand after giving up Herrera’s two-run blast.
“I told the team inside, no disrespect to anybody in this room, we have to lighten it up around here,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Miguel Montero added another two-run shot in the ninth to effectively end the game and the day for Jake Arrieta who was outstanding. Arrieta pitched eight innings while giving up five hits and just one run while striking out seven. He would have come on in the ninth but with the game blown open, there was no need for Joe Maddon to push his starter any further.
“We can pitch with anybody, we can swing the bats, our defense can play lights out,” Arrieta said.
This is exactly what the team needed coming off their worst stretch of the season. A three game sweep effectively negates their sweep at the hands of St. Louis over the weekend and allows the team to return home on the upswing with some positive takeaways before a ten game home stand. It wasn’t always pretty and the Cubs are no offensive juggernaut, but this team’s ability to battle is commendable. Even though the home runs came late in the game, with the Mets showing no signs of life, it’s good to see some pop from a lineup that has had so little of it lately.
They’ll need any bit of confidence they can get as the Cardinals are set to arrive at Wrigley early next week for what should be another tough four game test but first it’s the Miami Marlins who are visiting over the July 4th Holiday weekend. Friday at 1:10PM it’s Jason Hammel vs. Tom Koehler. Let’s Go Cubs!