Legends On Deck

Harvey Dominates, Murphy Stays Hot As Mets Defeat Cubs 4-2



The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, who were facing each other for the first time in their playoff history, played Game 1 on Saturday, in front of 44,287 fans at Citi Field.

The Cubs sent Jon Lester, who in his only playoff start against the Cardinals lasted 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out nine while taking the loss. His counterpart Matt Harvey, entered the NLCS having last pitched against the Dodgers in the NLDS, tossing five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, and striking out seven batters to earn his first ever postseason victory.

On Saturday night, Harvey came out smoking as he struck out the first two batters he faced, then retired Kris Bryant on a ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy.

As for the Mets, they scored early on Lester in the bottom of the first as Murphy took the Cubs lefty deep to put NY up 1-0.

Harvey continued his dominance as he retired the first twelve batters he faced striking out six, while keeping the Cubs off the bases and the Mets in the lead.

But in the fifth, Harvey had Anthony Rizzo in the 0-2 hole, but he hit him with the next pitch, putting the tying run on base. Next batter Starlin Castro hit a wind assisted double over the head of Juan Lagares in center field, allowing Rizzo to score from first.

The Mets answered back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to re-take the lead at 2-1, when Curtis Granderson hit a single scoring Lagares from second base. They added a run each in the sixth and seventh inning to go up 4-1, highlighted by Travis d’Arnaud‘s bomb over the center field fence, careening off the Mets Home Run Apple.

Harvey, aka the Dark Knight, retired the Cubs in order in the sixth inning, escaped trouble in the seventh by striking out the last two batters with runners on first and second, then gave up a two out solo home run to Kyle Schwarber, pulling the Cubs within 4-2, and ending his dominating night.

Jeurys Familia came in the eighth, walked Bryant and retired Rizzo on a ground ball to Wilmer Flores to end the inning.

In the ninth, Familia retired the first two batters, before giving up a screaming line drive up the middle off the bat of Miguel Montero. Next batter Tommy La Stella hit a line drive to the right side of the infield headed towards the outfield, but Murphy made a diving stab and got up and threw to first to end the game and send the Mets home winners.

Game 2 between the Mets and Cubs will be played at Citi Field on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 8:00 pm.

 Top Performers

Kyle Schwarber – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Starlin Castro – 1 for 4, Double, RBI

Curtis Granderson – 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Daniel Murphy – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Travis d’Arnaud – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Juan Lagares – 2 for 3, 2 R
Matt Harvey – 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K


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