The Chicago Cubs may be restless, but they are not that young.
At least that is how manager Dale Sveum views his ballclub, which dropped a 4-3 decision to the Mets Sunday. The Mets won a series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2007.
“We’re not a young team. We’ve got a couple of young players, but there’s no excuses as far as … we’ve had plenty of guys who have played 300-400 major league baseball games at this level already,” Sveum said before Sunday’s game against the Mets at Wrigley Field.
“So using that as a crutch …. we have (Anthony) Rizzo that’s obviously played a year, and everybody else has got three years under their belt. Plus, three or four minor league seasons. That’s not, to me, considered a young player anymore. These guys have played a lot of baseball games. We’ve had a lot of that (experience) at every position now, as well as our bullpen, as well as our starters. People say we’re young. We’re not that young at all besides a couple players.”
The Mets were attempting to win a series at Wrigley Field on Sunday for the first time since 2007. The two teams split the first two games of the three-game series. Lefthander Travis Wood (4-2) got the starting assignment for the Cubs against Mets righthander Dillon Gee (2-5).
The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning when Wood jacked a home run onto Waveland Avenue.
Welington Castillo led off the inning with a two-base hit. After Darwin Barney was called out on strikes, Wood jumped on a high pitch from Gee and sent it soaring over the leftfield bleachers.
The Mets pulled to within 2-1 on a soft two-out RBI single by Wright in the sixth inning that scored Murphy.
The Cubs answered in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Sweeney homered to right to lead off the inning to make it 3-1.
The Mets tied the game 3-3 in the 7th when Juan Lagares took a high changeup from Wood and hit his first major league home run. Ruben Tejada had reached on a bloop single to right before the two-out homer by Lagares.
Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa took over for Wood to start the eighth inning and he promptly yielded a prodigious home run deep into the rightfield bleachers by Daniel Murphy to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Wood got a no-decision after giving up three runs on seven hits in seven hits. He allowed five hits while striking out three.
Each team had squandered previous scoring chances.
Juan Lagares led off the Mets third inning with a double. But he was caught in a one-out rundown between second and third after Murphy hit a sharp grounder to Wood on the mound. Lagares was thrown out and the Mets failed to score in the inning.
Sweeney led off the Cubs’ fourth with a double into the rightfield corner. As the ball bounced around off the wall, Sweeney rounded second and headed for third. He stumbled momentarily between second and third and was called out on a close play. Rightfielder Marlon Byrd’s relay throw to Tejada went to third baseman Wright. Replays showed that Sweeney might have beaten the tag.