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Mets Top 10 Wins of 2016, #4 – July 19 against Cubs

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Jul 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
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Recap

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.

Hansel Robles pitched two innings and only gave up one baserunner, a single to Kris Bryant.

The Mets opened the top of the ninth with a James Loney single. The Cubs had thought they had turned a double play when Neil Walker tapped one down to first, but the replay showed otherwise.

Asdrubal Cabrera singled him over to second, bringing up Michael Conforto. He unfortunately struck out, still mired in a terrible slump that eventually saw his demotion.

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.

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