Rapid Reaction: Cubs 2, Mets 1

CHICAGO -- Zack Wheeler deserved a better fate!

Wheeler limited the Chicago Cubs to two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings but came away with a no-decision after Chris Coghlan’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth against Josh Edgin evened the score.

Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

#45 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM12
  • W2

  • L5

  • BB29

  • K69

  • ERA3.89

The Mets ultimately lost to the downtrodden Cubs, 2-1, at 100-year-old Wrigley Field on Nate Schierholtz’s walk-off RBI single against Scott Rice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. David Wright's bobble on Starlin Castro's preceding grounder had prevented the captain from attempting a double play and allowed Anthony Rizzo to reach scoring position.

The Mets (28-30) had been six outs from moving to .500 for the first time since May 13.

Wheeler’s line: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He sliced his ERA to 3.89.

Wheeler departed with his pitch count at 107 and a 1-0 lead after issuing a two-out walk to Luis Valbuena in the seventh. Edgin entered and struck out the lefty-hitting Schierholtz, who had produced both of the hits against Wheeler. The Cubs never had a runner advance past first base against Wheeler.

Wheeler was coming off an outing in Philadelphia in which he also took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, that time en route to a 4-1 win.

O no: The Mets went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position during the first five innings alone.

They had umpteen chances to add to a 1-0 lead, but failed. That was highlighted -- or, more accurately, lowlighted -- by a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the third inning in which the Mets did not score. Chris Young’s grounder forced out Daniel Murphy at the plate. Lucas Duda then popped out and Wilmer Flores lined out.

Batting leadoff for the second straight game with Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a rib-cage strain, Matt den Dekker singled against Jake Arrieta to open the game. Den Dekker stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Curtis Granderson’s line-drive sacrifice fly to center field for the lone run to support Wheeler.

Den Dekker’s second-inning groundout stranded two in scoring position.

What’s next: Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.45 ERA) enters the rotation and opposes right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81) at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.