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Mets 7, Cubs 6
Micah Hoffpauir homered in the first and seventh innings on Thursday night. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Micah Hoffpauir made a strong case to be included on the playoff roster, going 5-for-5, homering twice and falling a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. But Chicago's bullpen wasn't able to hold a three-run lead, as the Cubs fell to the Mets in the finale.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (96-62)
Lost 1
NY Mets 7, Chi Cubs 6   NYM
NY Mets (88-71)
Won 1
September 25, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0   6 11 1
NY Mets
1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 1   7 10 1
Standings thru 9/25/08  |  Recap: CHC | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Mets stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Pie, LF 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .244
Theriot, SS 2 2 0 0 3 0 1 .302
Hoffpauir, M, 1B 5 2 5 5 0 0 0 .387
Edmonds, CF 4 1 0 0 1 2 4 .232
Fontenot, 2B 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 .295
McGehee, 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 5 .222
Fukudome, RF 3 0 0 0 2 2 4 .258
Hill, K, C 5 0 0 0 0 3 4 .111
Harden, P 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .111
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Johnson, R, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .307
  Cotts, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Ward, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
  Hart, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 6 11 6 7 12 23  

a-Grounded out for Gaudin in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Howry in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Hoffpauir, M (8, Martinez, P), Fontenot (22, Rincon).
HR: Hoffpauir, M 2 (2, 1st inning off Martinez, P, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Rincon, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Harden; McGehee; Hoffpauir, M 12; Fontenot 4; Pie.
RBI: Hoffpauir, M 5 (8), McGehee (5).
2-out RBI: Hoffpauir, M; McGehee.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fukudome 2; Hill, K; Edmonds; Ward.
GIDP: Pie.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pie (3, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Cancel).

FIELDING
E: Hoffpauir, M (2, fielding).
DP: (McGehee-Theriot-Hoffpauir, M).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 4 2 1 1 1 0 0 .299
Murphy, Dn, LF 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .325
Wright, D, 3B 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 .300
Delgado, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .273
Beltran, CF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .282
Church, RF 3 1 3 2 1 0 0 .284
Martinez, R, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 .286
Cancel, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .245
Martinez, P, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .154
  Rincon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
  a-Anderson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .213
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Easley, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
  Feliciano, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Smith, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 7 10 7 6 7 15  

a-Grounded out for Stokes in the 7th. b-Struck out for Schoeneweis in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Church (14, Harden), Cancel (2, Gaudin).
TB: Cancel 3; Wright, D; Church 4; Martinez, R; Reyes; Beltran 2.
RBI: Wright, D (124), Church 2 (49), Reyes (68), Martinez, R (2), Cancel (5), Beltran (110).
2-out RBI: Church 2; Martinez, R; Cancel; Beltran.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez, R 2; Murphy, Dn; Easley.
SF: Wright, D.
GIDP: Delgado.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes 3 (55, 2nd base off Harden/Hill, K, 2nd base off Harden/Hill, K, 2nd base off Hart, K/Hill, K), Beltran (25, 3rd base off Howry/Hill, K).
CS: Church (3, 2nd base by Harden/Hill, K).

FIELDING
E: Wright, D (16, fielding).
DP: (Martinez, R-Reyes-Delgado).

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Harden 6.0 2 3 2 5 4 0 2.07
Gaudin (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.28
Cotts (H, 9) 0.2 3 2 2 0 0 0 4.41
Howry (BS, 4) 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.17
Hart, K (L, 2-2) 0.2 2 1 1 1 2 0 7.01
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Martinez, P 6.0 7 5 5 4 9 1 5.61
Rincon 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.50
Stokes 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.41
Schoeneweis 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.20
Feliciano, P 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.08
Smith, J (W, 6-3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.61

Martinez, P pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Feliciano, P pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

Game Scores: Harden , Martinez, P .
WP: Smith, J.
IBB: Fukudome (by Stokes), Fukudome (by Smith, J), Delgado (by Hart, K).
Pitches-strikes: Harden 98-49, Gaudin 16-12, Cotts 20-13, Howry 12-8, Hart, K 25-12, Martinez, P 99-67, Rincon 8-6, Stokes 15-7, Schoeneweis 22-13, Feliciano, P 5-3, Smith, J 16-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Harden 5-6, Gaudin 2-0, Cotts 1-0, Howry 0-0, Hart, K 0-0, Martinez, P 8-1, Rincon 0-1, Stokes 0-1, Schoeneweis 2-0, Feliciano, P 0-0, Smith, J 2-0.
Batters faced: Harden 25, Gaudin 4, Cotts 4, Howry 3, Hart, K 5, Martinez, P 29, Rincon 3, Stokes 3, Schoeneweis 5, Feliciano, P 1, Smith, J 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Howry 2-2, Rincon 2-2, Stokes 1-0, Smith, J 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Randy Marsh. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Jim Wolf.
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 18 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:20.
Att: 51,174.
Venue: Shea Stadium.
September 25, 2008
September 25, 2008

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