The Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Thursday night. Johan Santana was strong through 6.1 innings, while the bullpen secured his second win of the season. Ike Davis contributed three hits and scored two runs to jump start the Mets offense in a much needed series win.

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Initial Reaction:

It felt good to finally win a series. Johan Santana has looked fantastic so far this season and if he can keep pitching like he has, could be a 20 game winner.

For that to happen, of course, the Mets offense will have to be more consistent. Ike Davis has a sweet swing. Hopefully he’ll keep his bat in that lineup and help spark that offense for the rest of the season.

The bullpen was a little shaky today, but they were able to hold the lead, which is all that matters.

Positives From The Game:

The Amazing Johan: The Mets ace pitched six effective innings without issuing a walk, for the first time all season. He brought his ERA down to 2.59.

Breaking Slumps: Jeff Francoeur ended his 0 for 24 hitless streak by smacking a single into right field in the 6th inning, driving in David Wright. Wright hit his first extra-base hit in about a week.

All Aboard The Ike Train: Mets newcomer Ike Davis broke up Gorzelanny’s no-hitter in the fifth and sparked the Mets offense. He went 3-4 with a double, raising his batting average to .400.

Negatives From The Game:

No-hit bid: The Mets couldn’t scratch a hit against Tom Gorzelanny until the 5th inning. Luckily, Johan Santana was on the mound, because otherwise the Mets may have had to come from behind in the later innings.

Bay Loses His Way: Jason Bay went 0-4 tonight, lowering his batting average to .224. He’ll have to step it up soon, especially considering the Mets offense will need him on days when their pitching struggles.

Interesting Facts:

17: The number of times David Wright has struck out in the 9 consecutive games with one.

September 21st, 2009: The date Jason Bay last hit a homerun.

5: Francisco Rodriguez had a 5-out save. It was his first save of the season.

What’s Next: The New York Mets begin a three game set against the visiting Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

NYM John Maine (0-1) 10.38 ERA v.s. ATL Kenshin Kawakami (0-2) 4.91 ERA.