2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 13: Cubs 17, Mets 5

The Cubs’ offense exploded over the hapless Mets.

The Cubs scored 17 runs for the third time in three weeks, raising their record to 79-66. They increased their lead over the second-place Brewers to 2½ games and cut their magic number to 15.

When the Mets came to town, it was noted that their roster had been decimated by trades and disabled-list placements and they resembled a Triple-A squad more than anything else.

The Cubs took advantage of that big-time Wednesday night, pounding out 16 hits and drawing 11 walks in a 17-5 dismantling of the visitors from New York.

It did not start out well. Jose Reyes sent Jon Lester’s seventh pitch of the game into the bleachers for a 1-0 Mets lead. And Lester struggled that entire inning, eventually throwing 28 pitches.

The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting the lead, though. Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant singled and Anthony Rizzo walked to load the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first. Two infield outs scored two runs, and the Cubs had the lead.

Lester, though, struggled for the first three innings. Two singles and a squeeze bunt executed by Mets …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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