Through the first seven innings of Sunday’s game it felt like another lifeless Cubs loss. The offense limping along against the reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. The hot takes were already flying when Chicago finally got to the Mets awful bullpen to earn a last at bat win.
Cole Hamels allowed a leadoff infield single to Ahmed Rosario, but it was erased on a Pete Alonso double play. The pattern repeated in the 2nd inning with a Todd Frazier single and a Robinson Canó twin killing.
The Cubs rallied against deGrom in the bottom of the inning. Jason Heyward and David Bote singled to put men on the corners with one out. After Victor Caratini struck out, Hamels took matters into his own hands ripping a single to right to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Alonso did what he does and hit a solo homer, his third of the series, to tie the score in the 4th inning. Catcher Tomas Nido gave the Mets the lead with a home run in the 5th. Juan Lagaras then doubled and scored on deGrom’s own RBI hit.
The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Kris Bryant doubled with two outs and scored when Anthony Rizzo smacked a ball off the left field wall. Rizzo hit the ball too hard though and was easily thrown out by J.D. Davis trying to make second base.
The North Siders had a couple runners reach the next two innings, but got nothing out of it. Hamels went seven strong and Steve Cishek took over in the 8th. Frazier flew out to the warning track in center to end the inning, which turned out to be important.
Kyle Schwarber singled off of Seth Lugo, in his second inning of work, to open the bottom of the 8th. Rizzo walked to put two on with one out for Javy Báez. Javy quickly waved at two pitches to fall behind 0-2. Then Lugo hung a slider and the Cubs shortstop clubbed it the opposite way for a three-run go-ahead homer.
Two more runners reached against Robert Gsellman before he got out of the inning. Pedro Strop went 1-2-3 in the 9th to earn the Cubs a 5-3 victory.
Hamels was good again on Sunday: 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 5 K, and 2 BB. He kept his team in the game long enough to get to the Mets bullpen. The fact that three runs was the most he has allowed in over a month shows just how good he’s been.
All of a sudden Jason Heyward is red hot, he has six hits the last two games. It goes without saying the Cubs can use all the offensive help they can get, so keep an eye on Jason.