The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets began a critical three-game series on Tuesday night at Citi Field. One of the biggest stories in this one was how effectively Yu Darvish pitched.
He pitched eight strong innings and only gave up hits and one run. Darvish also walked only one batter and struck out seven in a 5-2 win for Chicago over New York.
He won his fifth game of the season and his record so far this season is 5-6. The Cubs are now three games ahead of the Mets for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Philadelphia Phillies are two games back of Chicago and the Milwaukee Brewers are 3.5 games back.
In the fourth-inning, Pete Alonso hit a solo home run for New York. That’s his 42nd homer of the season and he has now hit the most home runs in a single season in New York Mets history.
Alonso still needs ten more home runs to tie Aaron Judge’s record of 52 by a rookie in a single season.
Addisson Russell hit a two-run homer for the Chicago Cubs in the fifth-inning off of Marcus Stroman.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for Chicago in the sixth-inning off of Marcus Stroman. Baez also hit an RBI double in the eighth-inning.
J.D. Davis hit a solo home run for New York in the ninth-inning with two outs off of Brandon Kintzler.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo did not play in this game for the Chicago Cubs because of a back issue. He will most likely not be in the lineup again on Wednesday night. Ian Happ started at first base instead.
Stroman (7-12) was the losing pitcher for the Mets. He pitched six innings and gave up six hits and four runs. Marcus Stroman also walked two batters and struck out seven. He has not pitched well ever since being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays.
The projected starting pitchers for Wednesday night’s contest will be Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.20 ERA) for Chicago and Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 3.71 ERA) for New York.