New Mets starting rotation member Pat Misch acquitted himself nicely today as he pitched seven strong innings and allowed only one run, striking out two and walking two. He was actually leading in the game until the Cubs tied it up in the eighth inning. The Chicago native has never won a game in the majors.
The usually reliable Brian Stokes ruined it for Misch as he allowed four hits in the eighth inning to give the Cubs the lead for good. Stokes allowed a lead-off double and a single to tie the game up 2-2. He then walked the next batter before giving up a home run to Alfonso Soriano. Elmer Dessens then came into the game to get the Mets out of the inning.
The Mets scored their first run in the second inning when Jeff Francoeur led off with a double, followed by back-to-back singles from Fernando Tatis and Omir Santos. But the Mets couldn’t tack on, ending the inning as quickly as it had started, with three straight outs.
Their second run came in the eighth inning after Angel Pagan and Tatis both doubled. They could’ve gotten more, but Daniel Murphy was thrown out at home while trying to score from first.
Bobby Parnell takes on Ryan Dempster on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox, if it’s not rained out.