The Mets and Cubs played game 3 of their 4-game series at Citi Field on Sunday. The Mets had won the first 2 games, and sent Rafael Montero to the mound against the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta. Montero pitched the best game of his major league career, but Arrieta was a little bit better. Starlin Castro homered to right leading off the 9th, and the Cubs went on to win, 2-1.
- The Cubs opened the scoring in the top of the 4th, when Luis Valbuena singled in Javier Baez to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
- The Mets tied the score in the bottom of the 8th against Pedro Strop. Curtis Granderson singled in Eric Young, Jr. who had entered the game as a pinch runner.
- On Jenrry Mejia‘s first pitch of the 9th, Castro hit an opposite field home run to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Hector Rondon pitched a clean bottom of the 9th for the save.
- Montero was stellar today, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 2. He spotted his fastball well, and effectively mixed in his off-speed pitches.
- Arrieta pitched 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9.
- The Mets had just 4 hits on the day.
The Mets’ offense, with David Wright taking the day off (nursing a sore shoulder) and Daniel Murphy slumping, looked very weak today. The team on the field lacked a power threat (other than Lucas Duda), and also lacked a bona fide base stealer. This leads to a one-dimensional offense, that has to rely on multiple hits (or walks) to score runs. Arrieta would not allow that today, and the Mets suffered a defeat as a result.