Cubs Strikeout 16 Times Vs. Mets, Skid Hits 3 Games – NBC Chicago
Sightings: No New York escape for Cubs bats originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Cubs lost 6-3 to the Mets on Wednesday night, dropping to 38-30 this season.
Here are 10 observations of the game.
1. Jacob deGrom looked just as dominant as his numbers this season suggest. The Mets ace struck out the Cubs’ top nine hitters, eight on strikeouts. He entered Wednesday with a microscopic ERA of 0.56 in 10 starts.
2. But deGrom’s night came to an abrupt end. He came out after the third run with pain in his right shoulder, having left his last start with right flexor tendonitis.
3. Anthony Rizzo was the only Cub not to strike against deGrom, missing a home run a few feet during a runway warning on the first flight. He didn’t miss the fourth quarter, hitting solo reliever Sean Reid-Foley on the top deck in right field.
4. After Rizzo’s explosion, the Cubs hitters got a combined 0-for-17. Rafael Ortega broke this streak with a two-run home run in the ninth, after Patrick Wisdom’s walk.
5. With 16 strikeouts on Wednesday, the Cubs hitters have struck 40 times in three games this series, scoring seven points.
6. Robert Stock gave the Cubs four innings at first, his season high with Triple-A Iowa, but struggled with command, walking six. He accompanied Reid-Foley to charge goals in the fourth quarter, then Francisco Lindor to force in a run, one of five he allowed on the night.
7. In 59 games last season, Javy Báez walked seven times. On Wednesday, in his 59th game of 2021, he netted his eighth walk of the season.
8. Wednesday was not only Jose Lobaton’s first game in the Cubs uniform, but his first big-league appearance since September 28, 2018 – and his first start since May 16, 2018.
9. Kris Bryant did not play on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a bruised right thumb, following a pitching hit in the first inning. Cubs manager David Ross said Bryant’s pre-game was daily.
ten. The Cubs held onto the top of the National League central standings despite the three-game slippage. They are still tied with the Brewers for the first time after the Reds swept Milwaukee this week – although Cincinnati is just two games behind.
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