Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Citi Sleeps

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Citi Sleeps

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NEW YORK - The last pitch David Wright swung at Monday was a 97- mph inside fastball that resulted in a strikeout in the ninth inning. It ended another disappointing day for Wright, who went 0- for-4 in his return from shoulder soreness.

Two batters later, catcher Travis d'Arnaud struck out looking to end the game, sending the Mets to another loss to the lowly Cubs while tying a dubious franchise record.

The Mets matched a club mark with their fifth straight game with four hits or fewer in their 4-1 loss to the Cubs at Citi Field. They registered just four hits and split the four-game series with the NL Central cellar dwellers.

"We're not squaring balls up and the pitches we're getting to hit, [we're] either rolling them over or getting ground balls and maybe getting under them and hitting fly balls," Wright said after the team's second straight loss. "I don't think it's a mind-set or a philosophical thing. I think it's more of execution and we're not doing that."

Facing Kyle Hendricks, who made his seventh career start, the Mets once again were silent for most of the day. Hendricks went seven innings and allowed just one run on Lucas Duda's solo homer in the fourth that supplied a 1-0 lead. The Mets did not have a runner in scoring position until Daniel Murphy doubled in the ninth.

Dating back to their loss to the Nationals on Thursday, the Mets have 19 hits in their last five games. They are the only Mets team to have five straight games with four hits or fewer since 2004. It also happened in 1963.

They went 2-5 on the homestand, scored 16 runs, and batted .174.

"It's just about not trying to do too much," manager Terry Collins said. "Try to put the barrel on the baseball, let whatever happens happen. [The struggles] are throughout the lineup, no question about it. We're not putting the ball in play."

Wright's 0-for-4 day dropped his average to .270, and this season continues to be a struggle for the third baseman. He has just eight homers.

In the ninth, with a man on and no outs, Wright's strikeout on a full-count pitch stymied a potential rally. …

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