The Chicago Cubs have the worst record in baseball. But they are apparently good enough to beat the Mets in the first two games of their series.
The Mets took the early lead in the second Tuesday night. With two outs (of course), Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole and Dillon Gee each singled to plate two runs to make it 2-0.
But the Cubs took the lead in the third. They made it 2-1 on a fielder’s choice and then Luis Valbuena doubled to tie the game at two. A Darwin Barney infield single made it 3-2. Gee walked two in the inning — both of those runners scored.
In the fourth Thole singled, Gee and Ruben Tejada walked to load the bases with one out. David Wright hit a screaming liner to right that was caught, but it drove in Thole from third to tie the game at three.
But the Cubs took the lead back in the fourth. With runners on first and third and two outs, super-hot prospect Anthony Rizzo, in his first game in the majors this season, hit a double to center to make it 4-3.
The Cubs added to the lead in the ninth inning. With runners on first and second Thole fired to first to pick off Steve Clevenger. Ike Davis missed on his first swipe, but got him on the second swipe before Clevenger got to the bag. Only the umpire didn’t see it that way and called him safe. Davis went nuts, holding his glove to the umpire’s side for several seconds. Davis was ejected and could possibly face a suspension for making contact with an ump. Reed Johnson then hit a grounder to short that Tejada was able to snag, but he threw wildly in an attempt to get the force at second. A run scored on the error to make it 5-3.
And that’s how it would end. The Mets drop another one to the lowly Cubs.