Looks like Ike Davis' energy -- and pop -- are contagious.
The team scored five runs in the seventh inning of Monday’s 6-1 over Chicago -- its biggest offensive output in a single frame this season. (The Mets scored four times in the sixth inning on Opening Day against the Florida Marlins.)
2B Luis Castillo extended his hitting streak to six games after singling home a run in the fifth inning. He’s hitting .296 (8-for-27) over that span.
LF Jason Bay also emerged from his slump, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. He batted just .174 (4-for-23) with 11 strikeouts during the Mets’ road trip.
SS Jose Reyes, who asked manager Jerry Manuel for a night off, came in to pinch hit in the seventh inning for Alex Cora and was hit by a pitch and later scored on Angel Pagan’s first homerun of the season. Reyes’ batting average now stands at .150.
RF Jeff Franceour and C Rod Barajas were the only non-pitchers who didn’t record a hit yesterday. Both went 0-for-4.
Franceour, however, was all smiles after the game.
“It’d be nice to win two games in a row. We haven’t done that yet,” he said with a laugh. “Hopefully we can take the hitting we had tonight at the end of the game and carry it on. We’ve been waiting late in the games to score, so it’d be nice to come out and score some runs early.”
The Mets also were 3-for-7 with RISP and left a total of 10 runners on base. The Cubs were just 1-for-10 with RISP and left 12 on base.