The Cubs won again on Saturday, beating the Mets 7-1 in 14 innings. This one was the “Luke Farrell” game without a doubt who made a name for himself with five dominant frames out of the Cubs bullpen. Farrell was electric striking out seven and picking up the win in his longest MLB appearance.
Ben Zobrist: 2 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Anthony Rizzo: 3 for 6, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Javy Baez: 1 for 1, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Albert Almora: 1 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Mike Montgomery: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Luke Farrell: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, Win
How it Happened
The Cubs and Mets were in a strong pitching duel up until the sixth inning when the Cubs scored the first run of the game. Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single to left center after Mike Montgomery had already pitched five shutout innings. The Mets added a run in the sixth off Montgomery who was on a role with two outs but gave up a home run that tied the game 1-1. No big deal, there are three innings left so there’s a good chance the Cubs can still win this one once the offense broke out. That was not the case, as the score would stay at 1-1 for seven innings. Luke Farrell pitched a clean ninth for the Cubs that sent the game into extras and was sensational from there on out.
Joe Maddon was able to overwork Farrell a little bit for five shutout frames with 76 pitches and 7 strikeouts. He worked out of a jam once but was strong all throughout the first four extra innings. Farrell deserved a win and the Cubs offense delivered finally in the 14th inning. Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber hit back-to-back singles before Albert Almora would hit an RBI triple to deep right that finally gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Ben Zobrist added to it with a clutch RBI double that made it 5-1 Cubs and then Javy Baez put the icing on the cake. Baez homered to left scoring Zobrist putting the Cubs up 7-1 after a six-run 14th inning. Brandon Morrow faced the minimum in the bottom half of the inning as the Cubs won 7-1 in a thriller.
One Great Moment
In a 14-inning thriller for the Cubs with dominant work from Luke Farrell and the offense in the 6-run 14th, there’s only one moment that stood out. Albert Almora finally got the Cubs ahead 3-1 with his RBI triple into deep right center. That was the defining moment of the game that broke open the offense after phenomenal work from Luke Farrell on the mound. This double is “One Great Moment” worthy to say the least.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 3, 2018
The Cubs improve to 32-23 this season, still 3.0 games behind the Brewers for 1st place.
Jon Lester closes out the series looking for a sweep on Sunday at 12:10 PM CT on ABC 7 and 670 The Score.