Cold night in New York
Arrieta's stuff lukewarm
Cubs can't catch a break
Maybe Jake Arrieta should have worn long sleeves in the New York cold, because he certainly wasn't throwing heat to start game two of the National League Championship Series Sunday night against the Mets. He settled down after Daniel Murphy's home run in the 1st gave the Mets a quick 3-0 lead, striking out eight and allowing just one more run (thanks to 2 stolen bases by Chicagoan Curits Granderson in the third) through 5 innings.
But the Cubs offense couldn't catch a break. Based on the "PitchTrax" graphic on TBS, either Mets starter Noah Snydegaard benefited from a wide strike zone or the technology is deficient. Outside pitches called strikes can't explain the Cubs anemic offense but is an example of how things just worked against them all night.
Perhaps the most frustrating was Granderson's catch in the second that robbed Chris Coghlan of a home run. The less-than-compelling commentators on TBS repeated several times that the Cubs right fielder looked like he thought the ball would leave the park. That's because the ball would have gone over the wall except for a perfectly timed leap and great catch.
Coghlan returned the favor in the 6th, robbing Yoenis Cespedes of an extra base hit.
But the Cubs never generated much offense, scattering 5 hits and scoring just once when a Kris Bryant double scored Dexter Fowler (who had singled and stolen 2nd) in the 6th inning. So the Mets won 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead back to Chicago for games 3, 4 and 5.
The weather is warming up in Chicago. Hopefully the higher temperatures, along with home town fans at Wrigley, will help the Cubs turn things around and return to New York next weekend with a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.
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