Posted by Craig Mitchell at 5:11 PM
Thursday afternoon at Wrigley field the Mets wasted a pair of Anthony Recker home runs and a 5-1 lead. The Cubs complete a 4 game sweep of the Mets with a 6-5 win. Offense has been scarce for the Mets this series. In the top of the 2nd the Mets took a 1-0 on Recker’s first solo blast his 1st on the year. In the 4th Wilmer Flores and Recker went back to back and it was 3-0 Mets. For Flores his team leading 5th homer on the year. Niese was rolling along, the first hit he gave up came in the 4th and that was an opposite field homer by Dexter Fowler and it was 3-1. In the 5th Dilson Herrera reached on an infield single, Lucas Duda doubled. Then with 1 out and 2nd and 3rd John Mayberry Jr. broke at 0-21 streak with a 2 run single up the middle to make it 5-1. Before Mayberry’s hit the Mets were 1-17 with runners in scoring position for the series. In the 5th inning the Cubs came back scoring 4 times to tie it up. Jorge Soler singled and then scored on an RBI double by Matt Szczur. Szczur scored on a throwing error by Flores and it was 5-3. Anthony Rizzo singled home Addison Russell to make it 5-4. Kris Bryant then plunked a single to right scoring Fowler and the game was tied at 5. Niese gave way to Hansel Robles in the 7th. With 2nd and 3rd with 2 out, a passed ball by Recker allowed Fowler to score the go head run and it was 6-5. Niese gets the loss falling to 3-3. Pedro Strop gets the win he's 1-2. Hector Rondon pitched the 9th for his 7th save. The Cubbies 4 game sweep of the Mets is their first 4 games sweep at Wrigley since 1992. With the loss, the Mets fall to 20-15 on the year. They are 2-5 on this road trip and 7-12 on the road overall. Friday night the Mets limp home to the friendly confines of Citi Field to face the Brewers. Bartolo Colon (6-1 3.30) looks to stop the bleeding for the Mets. Kyle Lohse (2-4 7.03) goes for the Brewers.