Jeurys Familia escaped a bases loaded no out jam in the bottom of the 9th giving the Mets a magical 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Protecting a precarious one run lead, Familia was imperfect in his quest to remain perfect, walking the first two batters he faced. An infield single to the right of Jose Reyes pulled James Loney off the bag at first, keeping a potential Cubs rally alive.
But pinch hitter Matt Szczur bounced back to the mound for a force out at home, and Kris Bryant, unable to coax one of Familia’s signature sinkers out of the infield, ended the threat on a double play grounder that Loney dug out of Neil Walkers relay throw in the dirt.
“He’s got the great sinker. He knows he can keep the ball on the infield,” manager Terry Collins said. “I hate to have him walk guys, but he’s confident when he does. There’s a reason why he’s got all those saves.”
Noah Syndergaard may have flirted with danger during his stay, but tonight, the fatigue that plagued his pitching arm looked like a thing of the past. He scattered seven hits and two walks, striking out eight in 5⅔ innings.
The only run scored on his watch was unearned, the result of a wild pitch, and an errant throw by Mets catcher Rene Rivera, which brought Willson Contreras home from 2nd after his two out double.
In the 4th, Syndergaard got a little help from his friend Michael Conforto in his first MLB appearance in right field. The replay review you only love when it works in your team’s favor proved fruitful, when Conforto’s throw to nab Jake Arrieta at the plate originally called safe was overturned, keeping it a 1-0 Chicago lead.
“To be able to compete in games like that when you go out there and you don’t necessarily have your best command, they’re fun to be able to compete in, because it really shows your true colors and your competitiveness,” Syndergaard said. “Overall, it was a great team win.”
Jake Arietta was equally effective until Reyes led off the 6th with beautifully placed triple to the right field corner, scoring the tying run on Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice fly.
Then in the top of the 9th, with Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker on base, Rivera, the unlikely hero with a MLB worst .162 BA with 2 outs and runners in scoring position, made up or his costly error with his 9th inning run scoring single to right off of Cubs reliever, Hector Rondon.
Hansel Robles got his 4th win with two scoreless innings in relief, and the icing on the cake is the Mets picked up a game over the Nationals who were doubled up by the Dodgers.
Wednesday’s rubber match pits the 8-4 Bartolo Colon against Kyle Hendricks 8-6 record, and recent three hit six-inning shutout against the Texas Rangers.