Here are the takeaways…
– Stroman faced his former team and worked an easy, 10-pitch first inning. The right-hander continued to get through the Mets lineup with relative ease with a heavy dose of ground balls. He got tagged for two runs after giving up a Francisco Alvarez two-run homer in the third.
After the home run, Strowman cruised until the eighth inning. Starling Marte led off with a walk and stole second. After moving to third on a Daniel Vogelbach grounder, and another walk, Alvarez grounded into a double play to end the threat. When he got out of the eighth, Stroman was animated, slapping his glove as he walked to his dugout.
Stroman’s final line: 8 IP (88 pitches/59 strikes), four hits, two runs, two walks and three strikeouts. He got 15 ground ball outs to eliminate runners and keep his pitch count low.
– As was the case for much of the season, Senga had trouble with his command and that led to plenty of walks. Senga, working on a full week’s rest and coming off his 12-strikeout performance, did work around a walk in the first, and a walk and single with no outs in the second. However, the third inning was when he imploded. Dansby Swanson made him pay for giving up a leadoff walk with a one-out double to cut the Mets lead to 2-1. Seiya Suzuki doubled — nearly missing a home run — to tie the game at 2-2. Mike Tauchman followed with an RBI single to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
He had a near-implosion in the fourth. After back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, Senga would balk to move the runners up with no out. Senga bounced back with a strike out of Nico Hoerner, getting Miles Mastrobuoni to pop out and Swanson to ground out to end the threat.
Senga worked around another multi-runner jam in the fifth before his night was over. Senga’s final line: 5 IP (106 pitches/65 strikes), six hits, three runs, five walks (three leadoff) but struck out six batters.
– The winds blew 20 mph, from left to right, at Wrigley Field, but it didn’t matter for Alvarez. The rookie catcher got around a first-pitch sinker to send the ball into the left field stands and give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
– The matchup between fellow countrymen Senga and Suzuki was a big storyline in this one, with the outfielder getting the better of the Mets starter. After walking in his first at-bat, Suzuki picked up an RBI double. Senga did get Suzuki to pop out to the catcher in his third at-bat. Suzuki finished 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI.
Christopher Morel picked up an infield hit in the fifth, extending his hit streak to 13 games — all since he was called up. More finished 1-for-4.
– Drew Smith entered in relief of Senga and gave up a solo shot to Hoerner to extend the Cubs’ lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning. It’s Smith’s second straight appearance where he gave up a home run. Brooks Raley pitched a clean seventh while Jeff Brigham got the Cubs in order in the eighth to give the Mets a chance in the ninth.
Mark Leiter Jr. entered the ninth looking for a save. He got Brandon Nimmo to ground out on the first pitch — he finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts — and struck out Francisco Lindor on a 3-2 count. Lindor finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Jeff McNeil flew out to left field to send the Mets to their second straight loss.
The Mets look to salvage the third game of their three-game series against the Cubs on Thursday at 7:40 p.m.
Source: Yahoo Sports