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Niese struggles
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Cubs 9, Mets 5
Jonathon Niese reacts after giving up Jason Marquis' grand slam. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Back-to-back doubles gave Jonathon Niese an early lead, but the lefty ran into trouble in the fourth, surrendering a grand slam to Jason Marquis. David Wright halved the deficit with his 33rd homer, but the Mets dropped the tilt to the Cubs and a game in the standings to the Phillies.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (95-60)
Won 3
Chi Cubs 9, NY Mets 5   NYM
NY Mets (86-70)
Lost 3
September 22, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 1   9 14 0
NY Mets
0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1   5 11 0
Standings thru 9/22/08  |  Recap: CHC | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Mets stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, A, LF 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 .286
Cedeno, R, 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .276
Lee, D, 1B 4 1 1 1 1 2 0 .293
Ramirez, Ar, 3B 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .287
Soto, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .286
  Hill, K, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167
DeRosa, RF 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 .285
  Cotts, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Samardzija, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Ward, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .223
  Marmol, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Wood, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Johnson, R, CF 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 .303
  Pie, CF 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .247
Theriot, SS 3 1 3 0 2 0 0 .301
Marquis, P 3 1 1 5 0 0 3 .203
  Fukudome, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .259
Totals 41 9 14 9 4 9 14  

a-Walked for Samardzija in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (29, Niese), Soto (35, Niese), Ramirez, Ar 2 (44, Figueroa, N, Ayala).
HR: Marquis (2, 4th inning off Niese, 3 on, 0 out), Lee, D (20, 4th inning off Figueroa, N, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ramirez, Ar 4; DeRosa 4; Soto 2; Theriot 3; Johnson, R 2; Lee, D 4; Pie; Marquis 4.
RBI: Johnson, R 2 (48), Marquis 5 (10), Lee, D (89), Pie (10).
2-out RBI: Johnson, R; Lee, D; Pie.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marquis; Soto; Fukudome 2.
Team RISP: 7-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Theriot-Cedeno, R-Lee, D 2).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 .299
Murphy, Dn, LF 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .336
Wright, D, 3B 4 2 2 2 1 0 1 .299
Delgado, 1B 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 .273
Beltran, CF 5 0 2 1 0 2 4 .282
Church, RF 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 .282
Castillo, L, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 .249
Schneider, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .258
  c-Easley, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .271
  Castro, R, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .248
Niese, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Figueroa, N, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083
  a-Evans, N, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .267
  Parnell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Sanchez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Anderson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Chavez, En, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .269
  Ayala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Rincon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 5 11 4 6 7 23  

a-Flied out for Figueroa, N in the 4th. b-Grounded out for Sanchez in the 7th. c-Struck out for Schneider in the 8th. d-Lined out for Heilman in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Reyes (36, Marquis), Murphy, Dn (9, Marquis).
HR: Wright, D (33, 7th inning off Marquis, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Wright, D 5; Church 2; Reyes 3; Delgado 2; Beltran 2; Murphy, Dn 2.
RBI: Murphy, Dn (17), Wright, D 2 (120), Beltran (109).
2-out RBI: Wright, D 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schneider 2; Beltran; Evans, N; Church; Castillo, L 2.
GIDP: Schneider, Castillo, L.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 11.

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marquis (W, 11-9) 6.2 8 4 4 4 4 1 4.43
Cotts 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.13
Samardzija 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.08
Marmol 0.2 1 1 1 2 1 0 2.72
Wood, K (S, 33) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.36
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niese (L, 1-1) 3.0 7 6 6 2 2 1 7.07
Figueroa, N 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 4.67
Parnell 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 2.45
Sanchez 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.37
Heilman 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.26
Ayala 0.2 3 1 1 1 1 0 5.53
Rincon 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70

Cotts pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Niese pitched to 5 batters in the 4th.

Game Scores: Marquis 42, Niese 21.
WP: Marquis.
IBB: Delgado (by Marquis).
HBP: Castillo, L (by Cotts).
Pitches-strikes: Marquis 109-61, Cotts 12-7, Samardzija 13-8, Marmol 27-15, Wood, K 3-3, Niese 78-46, Figueroa, N 14-11, Parnell 41-30, Sanchez 12-9, Heilman 15-8, Ayala 19-13, Rincon 2-1.
Groundouts-flyouts: Marquis 9-3, Cotts 0-0, Samardzija 0-0, Marmol 1-0, Wood, K 0-0, Niese 6-0, Figueroa, N 1-0, Parnell 2-0, Sanchez 0-1, Heilman 1-2, Ayala 1-0, Rincon 0-0.
Batters faced: Marquis 30, Cotts 4, Samardzija 3, Marmol 5, Wood, K 1, Niese 18, Figueroa, N 5, Parnell 8, Sanchez 3, Heilman 4, Ayala 6, Rincon 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Samardzija 1-0, Wood, K 2-0, Rincon 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Phil Cuzzi. 2B: Jim Wolf. 3B: Jerry Layne.
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:21.
Att: 51,137.
Venue: Shea Stadium.
September 22, 2008
September 22, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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