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"I didn't know what I was doing, actually," the Cubs pitcher said. "I kind of just decided to go I guess."
Like just about everything else Feldman did against the Mets on Saturday it worked out. Feldman allowed two hits in seven innings and the Cubs beat the Mets 5-2.
Feldman hit a two-run single in the fourth, setting up his slow-motion scamper on the bases. He rounded second and headed for third, drawing a throw that seemed as if it had a chance to get him.
Of course, it didn't. He slid in -- head first -- and beat the throw and David Wright's tag.
"Don't want to make the third out at third, so I just tried to do everything I could to just sneak my hand in there," Feldman said.
Said Wright: "I think I got him pretty good on the arm with my spike."
Feldman (6-5) got it done on the mound, too. He struck out six and Starlin Castro hit a two-run double to left in the Cubs' three-run eighth and Kevin Gregg got the last three outs for his ninth straight save.
The Cubs stranded 10 runners in the first seven innings before breaking it open in the eighth. Scott Rice allowed a hit and a walk around a sacrifice, then Brandon Lyon came on and gave up a single to load the bases before walking Cody Ransom to force in a run. Castro then had his hit, which could have scored three runs if it hadn't bounced over the wall.
"I think we're just getting better swings in fastball counts, in hitters counts," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We're taking advantage of situations now that we haven't for a long piece of the season."
Chicago beat the Mets for the second day in a row, after losing five of seven before getting to Queens.
"In the eighth inning, there was silence in the dugout and the feeling was like 'Here we go again,'" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Losing is as big of a habit as winning."
Jonathon Niese (3-6) left with two outs in the fifth inning and a man on second. He finished having allowed two runs, six hits and four walks with five strikeouts. He is 0-2 in his past four starts.
"Niese battled without having his best stuff," Collins said. "He battled into the sixth inning and didn't want to come out and that's what I want. Guys who don't want to come out of the game."
Before his double bounced over the wall, Castro had stranded five runners and struck out three times, including with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
In the fourth inning, Wright followed Daniel Murphy's leadoff double with a double of his own to cut the lead to 2-1, but he was stranded at second. The Mets hit three long fly balls in the sixth, but all were caught near the wall.
"It seemed like they were running down balls all day in the outfield for me," Feldman said.
Feldman has bounced back nicely after a rough final season in Texas, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career. He only has one outing shorter than six innings this year after a rocky April, and has become a fixture in the Cubs' rotation. Which explains why Sveum was cringing as he saw the big right-hander come around second base.
"'Why are you going to third? You're a starting pitcher and you have a bad knee,' that's what I was thinking as he was running to third," Sveum said.
He pointed out later that it was for the best that Feldman, who has an old knee injury, slid head first. Feldman had something else on his mind later -- when was the last time he did a headfirst slide?
"Ha! Man, probably college," Feldman said. "Still had pretty good form though, right?"
|Cubs catcher Welington Castillo crashes into Mets second baseman Jordany Valdespin in Chicago's 5-2 victory. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Darwin Barney, 2B||6||1||2||0||0||0||4||.213|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||4||0||2||1||2||1||3||.250|
|Starlin Castro, SS||6||0||1||2||0||3||9||.237|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||.257|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||2||1||0||0||3||0||0||.249|
|Scott Hairston, RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||5||.157|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.261|
|Ryan Sweeney, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.338|
|Scott Feldman, P||3||0||1||2||0||1||3||.207|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.295|
|a-walked for Feldman in the 8th|
|2B - Starlin Castro (16, Lyon), Ryan Sweeney 2 (6, Niese, G. Burke)|
|SH - Ryan Sweeney (1)|
|RBI - Cody Ransom (14), Starlin Castro 2 (24), Scott Feldman 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Feldman 2 (7)|
|SB - Starlin Castro (6, 2nd base off Hawkins/Recker)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|E - Cody Ransom (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Scott Feldman (W,6-5)||7||2||1||1||1||6||0||3.05|
|Kevin Gregg (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 106-64, Carlos Villanueva 19-15, Kevin Gregg 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 6-9, Carlos Villanueva 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 24, Carlos Villanueva 6, Kevin Gregg 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jordany Valdespin, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.214|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.285|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||1||2||.297|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.253|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Justin Turner, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.269|
|Anthony Recker, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.158|
|a- John Buck, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Juan Lagares, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.203|
|Jonathon Niese, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.211|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Rice, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.103|
|Greg Burke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Recker in the 9th|
|b-singled for Lyon in the 8th|
|2B - Daniel Murphy (20, Feldman), David Wright (10, Feldman)|
|RBI - Jordany Valdespin (12), David Wright (36)|
|SB - Daniel Murphy (3, 3rd base off Feldman/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Juan Lagares 1|
|E - LaTroy Hawkins (1, Misplayed grounder), Jordany Valdespin (2, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (L,3-6)||5.2||6||2||2||4||5||0||4.15|
|IBB - Rizzo by LaTroy Hawkins, Rizzo by Brandon Lyon, Schierholtz by Greg Burke|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 106-68, LaTroy Hawkins 19-11, Scott Rice 8-3, Brandon Lyon 27-15, Greg Burke 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-4, LaTroy Hawkins 4-1, Scott Rice 1-0, Greg Burke 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, LaTroy Hawkins 6, Scott Rice 3, Brandon Lyon 6, Greg Burke 6|
|Attendance - 27004|
|Game Time - 3:32|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|