Posted by Craig Mitchell at 11:03 PM
Saturday night at Citi Field in NLCS game 1, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud provided the power while Matt Harvey was spot-on all game. The Mets take game one of the series with a 4-2 win. It was Jon Lester vs Harvey. In the top of the first the Mets took a 1-0 lead off Lester, when the scorching hot Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer, his 4th homer in his past 6 games. His 4 homers set a post season record for homers by a Met in one post-season. In the fifth, the Cubs got to Harvey. On a 0-2 count Harvey hit Anthony Rizzo. Starling Castro then hit a liner over the head of Juan Lagares in center scoring Rizzo making it 1-1. After a ground out, Javier Baez singled to left and Yoenis Cespedes threw out Castro at home to erase the threat. In the 5th Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares hit back to back singles. Matt Harvey bunted into a force at 3rd. Then with two out, Curtis Granderson singled to center bringing home Lagares for a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, Travis d’Arnaud hit a line homer off the apple in straight center, his 2nd homer of the post season and the Mets had a 3-1 lead. In the 7th, Juan Lagares singled, was sacrificed to 2nd by Harvey, stole 3rd and Granderson hit a sac-fly to left to make it 4-1 Mets. In the 8th, Kyle Schwarber showed his impressive power hitting a 459 ft. solo shot off Harvey to make it 4-2. For Schwarber his 4 homer of the post season as well and it was the first home run yielded by a Met starter this post-season. Lester lasted 6 2/3 allowing all 4 runs (earned) he allowed 8 hits, 1 walk and struck out 5. Harvey went 7 2/3 allowing 4 hits; the 2 runs (earned) walking 2 and striking out 9 notching the win. Jeurys Familia came in the 8th for the 4 out save. d’Arnaud went 2 for 3 with the homer; Lagares went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Granderson had 2 RBI to pace the offense. Sunday night is game two of the series. Noah Syndergaard (0-1 3.68) goes for the Mets, Jake Arrieta (2-0 2.45) goes for the Cubbies.