Things became too close for comfort at one point, but the New York Mets and Noah Syndergaard held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4.
A lot of the excitement in this series was based around the press conference before the game, as it marked the return of former Met Matt Harvey to Citi Field. The game itself provided enough entertainment in its own right. It started with an ace on the mound for the Mets, Syndergaard.
For most of his start, Syndergaard had control of his pitches. He recorded six strikeouts and a walk, although a rough seventh inning ended up making him accountable for four runs. This caused Syndergaard frustration, and he was seen tossing his mitt in the dugout in disgust. Luckily for him, the Mets were able to muster up plenty of run support.
It started in the first inning for the Mets, who took advantage of the way that Reds starter Homer Baily has struggled at Citi Field. Three Mets recorded three hits tonight, including birthday boy Wilmer Flores, who had two RBIs to go with his two hits. The other Mets to record three hits were Austin Jackson and Jeff McNeil. One of McNeil’s three hits was a mammoth home run to the Coca Cola Corner. His power is starting to come through, and my Gut Reaction is that tonight showed why he might be the best hitter on the Mets during the second half of the season. Also homering for the Mets tonight was Kevin Plawecki, who hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The bullpen tonight featured a pair of guys that needed to prove their worth to the team and start to audition for next season for a roll in the bullpen. The first guy was Bobby Wahl, who was making his third appearance for the team. He allowed one bases loaded walk, but also recorded a strikeout, so it was a mixed effort from Wahl. The other guy tonight was someone who urgently has needed to get on the right track for some time. Jerry Blevins was put on the spot for the save, and he pulled through, getting Joey Votto to ground out to end the game.