Noah Syndergaard pitched his best game of the season to lead the Mets to a 4-1 win over the Giants for the series win in San Francisco. Syndergaard notched the first complete game of his career and was in command from the first pitch, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits over nine innings. Amazing to think this happened one night after Steven Matz pitched one of the best games of his career. The rotation appears to be coming together for this Mets team.
The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-run home run by Michael Conforto. The Giants scratched out their one run on a misplayed triple and sacrifice fly in the third inning. The score remained 2-1 until the eighth when Tomas Nido led off with a single and advanced to second on a Syndergaard sacrifice bunt. Amed Rosario then singled and stole second, setting up second and third for Jeff Mcneil to deliver his second hit of the night, a two RBI single to give the Mets breathing room. Syndergaard held the lead with no need for the bullpen. After well over 100 pitches in the ninth, he was still hitting 99 mph and striking out batters. Not only did Syndergaard win this game for the Mets, in impressive fashion, but he gave the bullpen a much needed day off.
Tomorrow the Mets kick off a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler will oppose a trio of lefties in Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Battling for first place in the NL West and emboldened by the addition of Manny Machado, the Dodgers will certainly bring their A game against the Mets, but we’ve been playing well and we have nothing to lose, so bring it on!