CHICAGO — Robert Gsellman struggled to just get through four innings, the Mets offense was too little too late and they lost to the Cubs 8-3 at Wrigley Field.
It was the Mets second straight loss and their 81st loss of the season. While a given for a couple weeks now, Tuesday night’s loss mathematically guarantees that they will not have a winning season for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Ironically, the humiliating milestone comes at the site of where they peaked two years ago. The Mets beat the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series. But a lot has changed in those two years, the Cubs went on to win the World Series last year, of course.
And the Mets had gone in a downward spiral.
Gsellman as considered one of the young talents that would help the Mets continue that 2015 succes. In 2016 he helped them get to the WIld Card Game.
Now, he’s trying to prove he can start in the big leagues.
In his second start after his demotion to the minors, Gsellman could not get himself under control. He allowed four runs on five hits. He walked a career-high five and struck out four. The righthander pitched recklessly all night and got burned, hanging a changeup to Bryant in the fourth inning that he crushed into left field.
It was the 15th home run he has allowed this season. He has walked 38 in 101.2 innings pitched this season. Gsellman, once considered a lock for the rotation, needed 93 pitches to get through just four innings.
He ends the night with a 6-7 record and a 5.58 ERA and a lot to prove in the little time the Mets have left this season.
The Mets had given the 23-year old a brief 1-0 lead in the fourth. Travis Taijeron had scored Juan Lagares, who doubled to leadoff the inning, on a sacrifice bunt to third.
Cubs lefty Jose Quintana tied it in the bottom of the inning, driving in Kyle Schwarber on a sacrifice fielders choice. He and Jason Heyward scored on Bryant’s homer, his 26th of the season. Schwarber scored again in the fifth on a solo homer to right.
The Mets cut into the Cubs lead with Nori Aoki scoring on Travis d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly to right in the fifth.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Jose Reyes’ inning-ending double play in the first. He bare-handed a ball deflected off Robert Gsellman’s glove and tagged Willson Contreras as he jogged to second and fired the throw to first to get Ian Happ.
Kris Bryant’s fourth-inning, three-run home run.
STAR OF THE GAME
Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled, walked and scored two runs.
12. Nori Aoki had his 12-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 on the night
The Bullpen as every reliever allowed a run.
Wednesday at Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
RHP Matt Harvey (5-4, 5.82) vs. LHP Jon Lester (10-7, 4.35)