Anytime you can score nine runs off a starting pitcher, you are doing well in Major League Baseball. Doing so against a guy with the nickname ‘Thor,’ albeit seemingly impossible, is a whole other thing. That’s what the Chicago Cubs did in New York on Wednesday night, however, as they decimated Noah Syndergaard. The Cubs, like the Mets, are chasing a coveted Wild Card spot in the National League, and they showed the urgency right from the get-go by plating six of those runs in the first inning.
Kyle Schwarber drove in a pair with a double, Addison Russell’s single got two more in, and then Ian Happ’s two-run homer came. The Cubs got two more via a Schwarber home run of his own in the following inning and then a further two from Nicholas Castellanos’ bomb that made it 10-1. Though the Mets did attempt a rally and eventually cut the lead to just three, the Cubs held on thanks to their early surge to win 10-7. The win puts four games between the two clubs in the standings and sees the Cubs remain two games clear of Philly in the second of the two Wild Card spots.