Matt Harvey may be Batman, but even Batman needed Robin sometimes. Harvey’s Robin is a solid bullpen and an offense that can score runs. He got neither of those Wednesday night as the Mets dropped their third in a row to the Cubs.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first, but they were unable to push any runs across.
The Mets finally got on the board in the sixth. Curtis Granderson led off with a single. Daniel Murphy doubled to put runners on first and third. Granderson scored on a Michael Cuddyer ground out to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Murphy stole third but the Mets could not get him home.
Harvey was masterful, removed after seven shutout innings and 100 pitches. He struck out nine Cubs, allowing just three hits and two walks.
Then it was up to the bullpen. Carlos Torres allowed a one-out single to Addison Russell. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Dexter Fowler single to tie the game, so no win for Harvey.
After his ineffective eighth, Torres was allowed to start the ninth for some reason. He did so by allowing a single to Anthony Rizzo. Matt Szczur ran for him. He went to third on a Starlin Castro single. Miguel Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases, Finally Torres was taken out in favor of Jeurys Familia. He struck out Jorge Soler for the first out. But then he walked Chris Coghlan to force in the winning run.
The Mets lose a tough one, 2-1.