Cubs Reverse Fortunes Against Mets
By Joe Han
On Friday the Cubs were edged by 4-0 Mets starter Matt Harvey to drop the series opener. On Saturday afternoon, the North Siders took on 0-4 pitcher Jeremy Hefner. The home team countered with streaking starter Scott Feldman. Both pitchers kept the scoreboard filled with zero runs through three. Feldman worked around a pair of one out singles in the top of the first and Hefner stranded a lead off double by Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the second.
May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman (46) is congratulated in the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. Chicago won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Cubs jumped on Hefner in the bottom of the fourth. Luis Valbuena hit a sac fly with the bases loaded no outs for the first tally and Welington Castillo made it 2-0 with a RBI single. Feldman then came up to the plate and showed that he could do no wrong of late. He hit a double over the Mets outfielders to plate two more with two outs and the Cubs were up 4-0.
Anthony Rizzo hit his 10th homer of the season in the fifth to make it 5-0 and more than enough runs for the hot Feldman. The Cubs righty allowed seven hits and just one walk over 6 2/3 innings of work, with six strikeouts to round out the nice box score line.
Nate Schierholtz added a solo shot in the eighth to give him five on the season and David DeJesus added a two run single to emphasize the rout. The burst of offense was a sight for sore eyes after being held to two first inning runs against Harvey on Friday afternoon. Hector Rondon blew the shut out bid with two runs allowed in mop up duty, but the win was a comfortable one none the less.