By Gem Tablak
On Friday night, the Mets & Cubs were slated for their second game of a 4 game series however there was some question if the game would be played at all. The game started with a 15 minute rain delay but once the game started, The Mets going going early. In the 2nd inning James Loney & Asdrubal Cabrera went back to back to put the Mets on top 2-0.
After a 72 minute rain delay after the second inning, surprisingly deGROM still came back out on the mound to pitch. However it was the offense that was breaking out tonight. In the 3rd inning with 2 runners on, Loney splits the opposite field gap for a 2 run double. Then in the 4th inning, rookie Brandon Nimmo absolutely crushed a pitch & put it in the bull pens for a 3 run HR which is the 1st of the promising youngsters career, he later then robbed a single from Jason Hammels going full extension, diving towards the foul line.
In the bottom of the 5th with the Mets leading 7-1, Cespedes hits a laser beam over the LF wall for his 20th HR on the season & a few batters later, Asdrubal Cabrera hits his 2nd HR of the night, this one of the 2-run variety to chase Hammels out & make it a 10-1 game.
In the 6th inning after deGROM gave up back to back singles on 2 pitches, the umpires came out to call for the 3rd rain delay on the night. After 44 minutes the game surprisingly pick up where it left off, instead of just calling the game which is at this point considered a blowout. deGROM was removed from the game which wasn’t a surprise & was replaced by Blevins as he was able to get out of a 1st & 3rd jam.
Seth Lugo then made his MLB debut in the top of the 8th & gave up a hit to Heyward then balking while stumbling off the mound, letting him advance to 2nd base. Lugo luckily ended the inning with Heyward stranded on 2nd by striking Anthony Rizzo out with a curve ball in the dirt.
Lugo finished out the 9th as the Mets pick up their 2nd victory of the series with 2 more games to go, including Jake Arrietta on Saturday. deGROM went 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB with 7 K’s & is now 4-4 on the year with a 2.62 ERA & the Mets still remain 6 games out as the Nationals top the Reds in extra frames.