June 27, 2012: Mets Wallop Cubs to End Skid

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Date: June 27, 2012
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 17
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): David Wright, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Scott Hairston
Key play: Murphy's two homers, Davis's home run, Hairston's grand slam

The Mets and Cubs faced each other on a Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 17-1 win.

Leading off the top of the first inning, Andres Torres drew a walk against Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija. Torres stole second base and moved to third on Ruben Tejada’s ground out to second baseman Darwin Barney. David Wright hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Torres with the first run of the game. Samardzija retired Lucas Duda on a fly ball to center fielder Joe Mather to end the inning. Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Samardzija held the Mets to a double by Daniel Murphy in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Barney singled to left field. An ensuing double by Luis Valbuena scored Barney to tie the game at 1-1. Samardzija went down on strikes to close out the inning and retired the side in order in the top of the third. Anthony Rizzo doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Alfonso Soriano drew a walk and a passed ball by catcher Josh Thole advanced the runners to second and third base. Niese then threw a called third strike past Jeff Baker for the inning’s final out.

Duda drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth inning. Ike Davis doubled to drive home Duda and moved to third base on Scott Hairston’s fly out to Mather. Murphy followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Samardzija got Thole to fly out to left fielder Soriano and end the inning. Niese then set down the Cubs in order in the bottom half.

Niese drew a walk to open the top of the fifth. Torres fouled out to third baseman Valbuena and a double by Tejada advanced Niese to third base. Wright doubled to score Niese and Tejada for a 6-1 Mets lead. Duda drew a walk and Davis slugged a three-run homer. Chicago reliever Casey Coleman retired Hairston on a fly ball to Soriano. Murphy hit his second homer for the Mets’ tenth run and Thole was retired on an inning-ending line drive to right fielder Baker. Coleman singled to begin the bottom half. Niese then recorded outs on each of the next three Cubs batters to finish off the inning.

Coleman issued a walk to Niese to begin the top of the sixth. Torres got an infield single and Tejada singled to load the bases. Wright hit a single that drove home Niese and Torres. Duda drew a walk to reload the bases and Davis took a called third strike. Hairston followed with a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 16-1. Murphy flied out to Soriano and double by Thole followed. Niese grounded back to Coleman for the third out of the inning. Jonathon then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Cubs’ reliever Jairo Asencio held the Mets to a single by Justin Turner in a scoreless top of the seventh. Niese retired three straight Chicago batters after a lead off single by Barney in the bottom of the inning. Davis doubled against the Cubs’ Rafael Dolis to open the top of the eighth. Hairston singled to send Davis to third base. Murphy hit a force play grounder to shortstop Barney (who had shifted from second) to plate Davis with the Mets’ seventeenth run of the game. Dolis got Thole on a double play ground ball to second baseman Baker (who had shifted from right field) that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Ramon Ramirez then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Chicago reliever Manny Corpas shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Geovany Soto grounded out to shortstop Tejada to start the bottom of the inning. Barney was retired on a grounder to third baseman Turner. Ramirez then got Valbuena to ground out to Tejada and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to stop their four-game skid.

Notes

  • Each of the Mets' homers came with a different number of runners on base. This was the third home run cycle in team history. The two previous occasions of the Mets hitting all four types of home runs in a game were on July 20, 1985 and May 20, 1999.