Saturday evening brought good starting pitching and the Mets offense coming to life in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
It didn’t take the Mets very long to get on to the scoreboard Saturday, as a Juan Lagares ground rule double got the Mets onto the board 1-0.
The next batter Wilmer Flores delivered a two run single scoring both Matt den Dekker and Juan Lagares.
The Cubs would strike back through in the 5th with a Wellington Castillo, pulling the Cubs within a boop and a blast.
In the sixth, the Mets would add to their lead when Matt den Dekker drew a bases loaded walk.
Juan Lagares would strike again with a sacrifice fly to put the Mets ahead 6-1.
Another insurance run would be added by Jon Niese, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead.
But the Cubs wouldn’t go down without a fight. A Justin Ruggiano home run and a Ryan Sweeney single made the score 7-3.
The Mets bullpen would continue it’s domination, by shutting the Cubs down for the remainder of the game.
Jon Niese had a nice start tonight going 6 innings with three runs on seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts with 96 pitches.
Juan Lagares had a really nice night at the plate tonight driving in two runs. His defense has been discussed at length but when he can swing the bat he becomes a complete player.
Lucas Duda drew three walks tonight. He’s really taken to being the everyday first baseman and his starting to do the little things and it’s making him a better player.
It bears repeating, but the Mets have successfully made their bullpen a strength and that spells trouble for the rest of the league.
Player of the Game: The honors tonight will go to Juan Lagares
The Mets and Cubs continue dueling tomorrow with Rafael Montero taking on Jake Arrieta.