Cubs’ Late Offense beats Mets

The Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 in Game 1 of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

In the first inning, all signs pointed to another loss for the Cubs. The Mets got an early 1-0 lead after Matt den Dekker scored off of Curtis Granderson‘s sacrifice fly. Their defense followed that up by shutting down the Cubs 1-2-3 to end the frame.

The Cubs’ offense continued to struggle against Zack Wheeler, who pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and did not allow a runner past first base. Striking out key players like Anthony Rizzo (3) and Starlin Castro (1), the Cubs were forced to find runs elsewhere.

Chris Coghlan hit a homer to tie the game 1-1 in the eighth, ending a 15-inning scoreless streak for the Cubs. Then Nate Schierholtz followed that up by hitting a two-out game-ending RBI single.

A pattern emerging with the Cubs, is runs scored late in the game. Though it would be nice to have stronger starts, the Cubs clearly don’t give up. In three of their last six games, the Cubs have scored at least one run in the ninth inning.

The offense needs improvement, and key players need consistency, but the effort is there. Combine that with guys like Coghlan and Schierholtz stepping up, the Cubs show that their roster does have depth. The Cubs take an early 1-0 lead in the series, after losing their past three. But, I expect the Mets to come out strong in Game 2 on Wednesday. Chicago will rely on Edwin Jackson to lead the defense from the mound, and the offense needs to work on scoring runs early.

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