Though Yoenis Cespedes singled with two out in the first frame, the Mets did not score.
Thor seemed a bit off, the Cubs getting their first two on in both the first and the second. He even threw a wild pitch in that opening inning, but he was able to get out of both jams. When Wilson Contreras doubled with two out in the third, Syndergaard and Rene Rivera combined to help the Cubs score with a wild pitch and a throwing error when Contreras broke for third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Syndergaard got two outs once more but once more gave up a double, this time to his fellow pitcher, Arrieta. On the next play, Jake was first called safe at home after Tommy La Stella‘s single, but the replay showed otherwise.
The Mets seemed to be going through the motions when Jose Reyes, just recently having returned before the All-Star break, led off the frame. He showed just how dynamic the controversial pickup could be.
Two pitches later, Granderson had tied up the game.
Syndergaard walked Contreras to start the sixth and gave up a stolen base to the young catcher. He then proceeded to strike out the next two batters, but Terry Collins had seen enough of Thor for the night and went to LHP Jerry Blevins to face Miguel Montero, who flew out.
With two out, up walked Rene Rivera, who was actually the guy you wanted up to bat at that moment having already collected two hits on the night. He continued that hotness.
RHP Jeurys Familia entered the game in the bottom half, and he just didn’t have it. Walk, walk, then a bunt single loaded the bases. What were we to do?
Familia buckled down after his control was off, got the grounders he needed to lock down an excellent game. The Mets were 50-43 after the game, still in 3rd place behind the Nats and the Marlins.