October 18, 2015: Game Two of NLCS

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Date: October 18, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 4
Cubs: 1
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Wright’s double, Murphy’s home run

The second game of the National League Championship Series was played on a Sunday evening at Citi Field. The Mets aimed to extend their advantage against the Cubs. Three runs in the first inning propelled the way to a 4-1 Mets win over Chicago.

Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard gave up only a single to Kris Bryant in the top of the first. Curtis Granderson singled against the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta to begin the bottom half. David Wright hit a double that brought home Granderson with the first run of the game. Daniel Murphy followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 New York lead. Yoenis Cespedes was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Arrieta then struck out both Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud to end the inning.

Syndergaard retired all three batters in the top of the second. Arrieta pitched a perfect bottom half and Noah struck out the side in a scoreless top of the third. Granderson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning. Curtis stole second base as Wright was struck out and Murphy was given an intentional walk. With Cespedes at bat, Granderson stole third. Cespedes followed with a single that scored Granderson and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Arrieta then got Duda to pop out to shortstop Javier Baez and retired d’Arnaud on a ground ball to second baseman Starlin Castro to close out the inning.

Syndergaard and Arrieta each pitched perfect fourth and fifth innings. Dexter Fowler got a one-out single against Syndergaard in the top of the sixth. Fowler advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Kyle Schwarber went down on strikes. Bryant hit a double to drive home Schwarber with the Cubs’ first run. Mets’ reliever Jonathon Niese fanned fanned Rizzo to end the inning and Chicago’s Travis Wood retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. New York’s Addison Reed hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Wood then struck out all three batters in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tyler Clippard yielded only a single to Fowler in the top of the eighth. Murphy singled against the Cubs’ Clayton Richard with two outs in the bottom half. Chicago’s Pedro Strop retired Cespedes on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Coghlan that ended the inning and Rizzo got a one-out single against New York’s Jeurys Familia in the top of the ninth. Familia then retired both Castro and Coghlan on infield grounders for the game’s final outs. The Mets had a win and a two-game lead in the series.