Mets Vs. Cubs: New York Ends First Half With 7-0 Loss To Chicago

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Mets Vs. Cubs Final Score: New York Loses Series Finale, 7-0

It wasn't pretty but it was at least quick Sunday for the New York Mets, who concluded the first half of the 2012 season with 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs (33-52) at Citi Field. It was was the second quickest game of the season -- two hours and eight minutes -- the Mets were blanked by a combination of Cubs' starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (4-3, 1.99 ERA) and four other relief pitchers to end the first 86 games with a 46-40 record.

Mets' starting pitcher Jon Niese was rocked for four first-inning runs before settling down to pitch the five scoreless innings. However, Niese (7-4, 3.73 ERA) didn't get the run support needed to help his team avoid a series loss to one of the league's worst clubs.

Dempster, who returned from the disabled list, pitched five scoreless innings and then turned the ball over his bullpen.

Cubs' shortstop Sterling Castors cemented the win for Chicago as he belted a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. The Mets Daniel Murphy finished the game with three hits.

The Mets will resume play on Friday, when they travel to play a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. New York will begin the second half of its season in a second-place tie in the NL East Division standings, which features the Atlanta Braves and Mets five games behind the first-place Washington Nationals.


Final - 7.8.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 9 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
WP: Ryan Dempster (4 - 3)
LP: Jon Niese (7 - 4)

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Mets (46-39) Vs. Cubs (32-52) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets will conclude its three-game series with the Chicago Cubs and their amazing first half of the 2012 MLB season Sunday at Citi Field (1:10 p.m. on SNY). The Mets (46-39) will turn to rookie Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35 ERA) to complete their surprising first half on a good note as he opposes the Cubs' Ryan Dempster (3-3, 2.11 ERA), who makes his return from the disable list.

The three-game slate is currently tied at a game apiece, as last-place Chicago (32-52) took Game 1, 8-7, on Friday but lost Saturday, 3-1. A victory Sunday would help the Mets earn a season-series split with the Cubs, who enters the contest taking three of five games against New York.

After Sunday's game, the Mets could enter the MLB's All-Star Break in second place in the NL East Division standings, which feature New York just 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals and a 1/2-game ahead of the third-place Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs, however, are tied with the league's worst record.


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Chicago Cubs
@ New York Mets

Sunday, Jul 8, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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