Frustrated after his third straight strikeout, Albert Almora Jr. tried to break the bat over his knee. That was a swing and miss, too.
"Failed miserably," he said.
Eventually, Almora and his Cubs teammates made contact.
Despite striking out 24 times, Chicago beat the New York Mets 7-1 Saturday night, boosted by Almora's tiebreaking, two-run double in the 14th inning.
"That whole game was a grind," Almora said.
Cubs reliever Luke Farrell (2-2) struck out seven in five scoreless innings, with Brandon Morrow getting the final three outs.
Farrell also got his first two plate appearances in the majors, striking out both times....