Alzolay's strong debut, 6-run 3rd lead Cubs over Mets 7-4

CHICAGO (AP) Whether rookie Adbert Alzolay stays in the majors for the remainder of the season is a question for another day.

The 24-year-old from Venezuela showed he belongs Thursday night.

Alzolay, the Cubs' top pitching prospect, tossed four innings of dazzling relief in his debut and the offense broke through with a six-run third as Chicago quickly rallied for a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets.

The crowd of 38,956 gave Alzolay a standing ovation as he headed to the dugout in the ninth, and he tipped his cap.

''The best thing that ever happened to me,'' he said. ''All the people were cheering my name. I did my job, did my part and we got the game. ... It's amazing.''

Javier Baez homered and tripled, and Anthony Rizzo had a two-run double as the NL Central leaders improved to 26-12 at Wrigley Field.

Rookie slugger Pete Alonso hit his 25th homer and Todd Frazier connected for the 200th of his career, but the Mets dropped to 15-26 on the road. Before the game, they fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez.

Alonso tied Dodgers star Cody Bellinger (2017) for most homers by an NL rookie before the All-Star break. Alonso also is one shy of the Mets' rookie mark set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

Alzolay (1-0) replaced starter Tyler Chatwood to begin the fifth. The right-hander struck out five and didn't allow a hit until Frazier's leadoff homer in the ninth. Alzolay was replaced after walking the next batter.

He was recalled before the game from Triple-A Iowa, where he went 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts this season. Alzolay had 46 strikeouts in 32 innings with a WHIP of 0.94.

''It was nice for him to get called up,'' Rizzo said. ''It was a long time coming; he was hurt last year. To pitch well like that at home, it's a good way to break in.''

Steve Cishek got three outs for his seventh save.

New York spot starter Walker Lockett (0-1) retired his first six batters and had a 3-0 lead when he took the mound in the third following Alonso's two-run shot. But things quickly fell apart for the 25-year-old right-hander, who made his Mets debut in place of injured Noah Syndergaard.

Carlos Gonzalez led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Chatwood. Daniel Descalso followed with an RBI single. Kyle Schwarber walked and Kris Bryant hit a bloop to right that fell in for a run-scoring single. With runners on the corners, Rizzo doubled down the right field line to score both and give Chicago a 4-2 lead.

The Cubs weren't done. Baez tripled to center to score Rizzo. After Lockett was yanked, Baez scored on a wild pitch by Brooks Pounders to make it 6-3.

''Lockett was cruising through it, throwing strikes, getting groundballs and then left a couple pitches up,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He left a pitch up to Rizzo, he smoked it.

''It happened fast.''

Baez hit his 18th homer in the seventh.

REGAN REPLACES EILAND

The Mets named Phil Regan interim pitching coach, Ricky Bones interim bullpen coach and Jeremy Accardo interim pitching strategist.

The 82-year-old Regan has been the club's minor league assistant pitching coordinator since 2016 after spending 2009-15 as the pitching coach for Class A St. Lucie. The former major league pitcher managed the Baltimore Orioles during the 1995 season.

Bones began this year as the pitching coach for St. Lucie. He was the Mets' bullpen coach from 2012-18.

Accardo was in his first full season as the Mets' minor league pitching coordinator.

''Our belief is we have the talent to be better than we've performed,'' general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said.

FAMILY TIES

Alzolay said he was able to talk with his family in Venezuela after the game, and they were able to watch.

ONE FOR THE TROPHY CASE

Because of the Wrigley Field tradition of throwing back homers hit by visiting players, Frazier was easily able to retrieve the ball from his milestone shot.

ROSTER MOVES

Mets: To make room for Lockett, left-hander Daniel Zamora was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cubs: To make room for Alzolay, lefty Tim Collins was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Mets lefty Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.74 ERA) faces righty Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.65) in the second of the four-game series Friday afternoon. Vargas had to leave his last start Sunday against the Cardinals after four innings with cramping in his left calf. Darvish is coming off his best outing of the season - one run and two hits in seven innings against the Dodgers on Saturday.

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  • W: A. Alzolay (1-0)L: W. Lockett (0-1)S: S. Cishek (7)
  • HR: NYM - T. Frazier (7), P. Alonso (25), CHC - J. Baez (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Alonso 1B31221110.275.362.628.9918.5
R. Cano 2B40000003.233.282.376.6580.0
M. Conforto RF40000012.257.376.494.870-0.5
T. Frazier 3B32111010.256.348.427.7747.5
W. Ramos C30000111.271.346.402.7480.5
A. Rosario SS30100121.250.292.411.7031.0
C. Gomez CF40100003.210.286.358.6441.0
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b- A. Hechavarria PH10000000.238.273.429.7010.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
S. Nogosek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Smith PH10000011.341.439.549.989-0.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for Pounders in the 4th
  • b-grounded out for Font in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Nogosek in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF31000121.234.326.480.8061.0
K. Bryant 3B41110011.281.394.535.9282.5
A. Rizzo 1B31120100.277.388.550.9386.0
J. Baez SS42221011.286.324.551.87510.5
W. Contreras C40100021.292.390.560.9501.0
J. Heyward CF-RF30000112.250.348.408.7560.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100111.209.291.295.5862.5
A. Almora CF00000000.255.296.412.7080.0
T. Chatwood P00000100.286.375.571.9461.0
A. Alzolay P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Descalso 2B41110031.189.287.280.5661.5
    BATTING
    • HR - P. Alonso (25), T. Frazier (7)
    • RBI - P. Alonso 2 (59), T. Frazier (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto 2 (2), W. Lockett, D. Smith
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rizzo (12), W. Contreras (11)
    • 3B - J. Baez (3)
    • HR - J. Baez (18)
    • SH - T. Chatwood (2)
    • RBI - K. Bryant (39), A. Rizzo 2 (53), J. Baez 2 (48), D. Descalso (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, C. Gonzalez, A. Alzolay 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • PB - W. Ramos (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Descalso-Baez-Rizzo; Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Baez-Descalso-Rizzo)
    • E - T. Chatwood
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Lockett (L, 0-1)2.156612023.142.57-10.0
    B. Pounders0.20001200.001.000.0
    W. Font3.01003504.581.377.5
    R. Gsellman1.01110114.911.411.5
    S. Nogosek1.000001010.801.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Lockett (L, 0-1)2.1
    B. Pounders0.2
    W. Font3.0
    R. Gsellman1.0
    S. Nogosek1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Chatwood4.06321113.691.493.5
    A. Alzolay (W, 1-0)4.01112512.250.7517.5
    S. Cishek (S, 7)1.00000203.161.1211.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Chatwood4.0
    A. Alzolay (W, 1-0)4.0
    S. Cishek (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Pounders
    • IBB - W. Font
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Lockett 55-37, B. Pounders 15-8, W. Font 51-33, R. Gsellman 23-13, S. Nogosek 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Lockett 5-0, W. Font 3-1, R. Gsellman 1-1, S. Nogosek 1-1
    • Batters Faced - W. Lockett 13, B. Pounders 3, W. Font 13, R. Gsellman 4, S. Nogosek 3
    • Balks - W. Font
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Chatwood
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 73-45, A. Alzolay 55-35, S. Cishek 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 8-1, A. Alzolay 3-4, S. Cishek 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 18, A. Alzolay 15, S. Cishek 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. McNeil LF41200000.339.407.480.8873.0
    P. Alonso 1B31221110.275.362.628.9918.5
    R. Cano 2B40000003.233.282.376.6580.0
    M. Conforto RF40000012.257.376.494.870-0.5
    T. Frazier 3B32111010.256.348.427.7747.5
    W. Ramos C30000111.271.346.402.7480.5
    A. Rosario SS30100121.250.292.411.7031.0
    C. Gomez CF40100003.210.286.358.6441.0
    W. Lockett P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    B. Pounders P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- J. Davis PH10000002.273.333.466.7990.0
    W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
    b- A. Hechavarria PH10000000.238.273.429.7010.0
    R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
    S. Nogosek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- D. Smith PH10000011.341.439.549.989-0.5
    Total3247323814-----
    • a-grounded into a double play for Pounders in the 4th
    • b-grounded out for Font in the 7th
    • c-struck out for Nogosek in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Schwarber LF31000121.234.326.480.8061.0
    K. Bryant 3B41110011.281.394.535.9282.5
    A. Rizzo 1B31120100.277.388.550.9386.0
    J. Baez SS42221011.286.324.551.87510.5
    W. Contreras C40100021.292.390.560.9501.0
    J. Heyward CF-RF30000112.250.348.408.7560.5
    C. Gonzalez RF31100111.209.291.295.5862.5
    A. Almora CF00000000.255.296.412.7080.0
    T. Chatwood P00000100.286.375.571.9461.0
    A. Alzolay P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
    S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    D. Descalso 2B41110031.189.287.280.5661.5
    Total30776151111-----
      BATTING
      • HR - P. Alonso (25), T. Frazier (7)
      • RBI - P. Alonso 2 (59), T. Frazier (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto 2 (2), W. Lockett, D. Smith
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rizzo (12), W. Contreras (11)
      • 3B - J. Baez (3)
      • HR - J. Baez (18)
      • SH - T. Chatwood (2)
      • RBI - K. Bryant (39), A. Rizzo 2 (53), J. Baez 2 (48), D. Descalso (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, C. Gonzalez, A. Alzolay 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • PB - W. Ramos (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Descalso-Baez-Rizzo; Bryant-Descalso-Rizzo; Baez-Descalso-Rizzo)
      • E - T. Chatwood
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Lockett (L, 0-1)2.156612023.142.57-10.0
      B. Pounders0.20001200.001.000.0
      W. Font3.01003504.581.377.5
      R. Gsellman1.01110114.911.411.5
      S. Nogosek1.000001010.801.203.5
      Total8.07775111---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Lockett (L, 0-1)2.1
      B. Pounders0.2
      W. Font3.0
      R. Gsellman1.0
      S. Nogosek1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Chatwood4.06321113.691.493.5
      A. Alzolay (W, 1-0)4.01112512.250.7517.5
      S. Cishek (S, 7)1.00000203.161.1211.0
      Total9.0743382---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Chatwood4.0
      A. Alzolay (W, 1-0)4.0
      S. Cishek (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Pounders
      • IBB - W. Font
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Lockett 55-37, B. Pounders 15-8, W. Font 51-33, R. Gsellman 23-13, S. Nogosek 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Lockett 5-0, W. Font 3-1, R. Gsellman 1-1, S. Nogosek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Lockett 13, B. Pounders 3, W. Font 13, R. Gsellman 4, S. Nogosek 3
      • Balks - W. Font
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Chatwood
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 73-45, A. Alzolay 55-35, S. Cishek 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 8-1, A. Alzolay 3-4, S. Cishek 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 18, A. Alzolay 15, S. Cishek 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Frazier homered to left center47
      • 7TH INNING
        Baez homered to center37
      • 3RD INNING
        Baez scored on wild pitch36
        Baez tripled to deep center, Rizzo scored35
        Rizzo doubled to deep right, Schwarber and Bryant scored34
        Bryant singled to right, Descalso scored, Schwarber to third32
        Descalso singled to center, Gonzalez scored31
        Alonso homered to left, McNeil scored30
      • 2ND INNING
        Gomez grounded into double play third to second to first, Frazier scored, Ramos to third, Rosario out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Albert Almora in center field
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier homered to left center
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
        • Steve Cishek relieved Adbert Alzolay
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramos out at second
        • Dominic Smith hit for Steve Nogosek
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Alzolay Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Cano grounded out to second
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Conforto flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Steve Nogosek relieved Robert Gsellman
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez lined out to shortstop
        • A. Alzolay: Strike swinging, Alzolay grounded out to first
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Alzolay Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Gomez flied out to deep left
        • Adeiny Hechavarria hit for Wilmer Font
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to first
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Robert Gsellman pitching
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rizzo popped out to third
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez homered to center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Alzolay Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Adbert Alzolay relieved Tyler Chatwood
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, McNeil fouled out to third
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • R. Cano: Cano lined out to third
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • J. Baez: Baez flied out to right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras doubled to left, Rizzo to third
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to first
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez intentionally walked
        • A. Alzolay: Alzolay grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario singled to center
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez singled to center, Rosario to second
        • J.D. Davis hit for Brooks Pounders
        • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gomez out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wilmer Font pitching
        • T. Chatwood: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chatwood walked
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Chatwood to second on balk, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, McNeil singled to right
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Alonso homered to left, McNeil scored
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to first
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Lockett Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
        • T. Chatwood: Chatwood hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gonzalez to second
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Descalso singled to center, Gonzalez scored
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked, Descalso to second
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bryant singled to right, Descalso scored, Schwarber to third
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo doubled to deep right, Schwarber and Bryant scored
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Rizzo to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Baez tripled to deep center, Rizzo scored
        • Brooks Pounders relieved Walker Lockett
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez scored on wild pitch, Ball, Heyward walked
        • C. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos safe at first on Chatwood throwing error, Frazier to third, Ramos to second
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario walked
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez grounded into double play third to second to first, Frazier scored, Ramos to third, Rosario out at second
        • W. Lockett: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lockett struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • W. Lockett Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, McNeil singled to left
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to right center, McNeil to second
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Cano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McNeil to third, Alonso out at second
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Conforto grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Lockett Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)