"'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?"
NOTES: Mets GM Sandy Alderson told season ticket holders Saturday morning that "over the next six months or so, we will be in a position make some significant acquisitions, whether it's through free agency or a trade. ... Ransom had two singles, two walks and reached on an error his first five times up before striking out in the ninth. ... The Cubs were 3 for 18 with runners in scoring position. ... Wright tied his career best by reaching in nine straight plate appearances, but his deep drive to left in the sixth inning was caught at the wall. ... Mets 2B Valdespin let Ransom move up a base in the first when he misfired while attempting to return the ball to Niese after Ransom's single. He was charged with an error.