Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back homers in the 11th inning to lift the Mets to their fifth-straight win, a 5-2 decision over the White Sox in the opener of their three-game series. The win broke a streak of seven straight extra-inning losses for the Mets.
Noah Syndergaard, the subject of numerous trade rumors, took the hill and pitched wonderfully, giving up just an unearned run in 7.1 IP, while amassing 11 Ks. He was cruising until the eighth inning, when he allowed the first two runners to reach base. He got the next batter and then Mickey Callaway opted to go to the bullpen and play matchups.
Edwin Diaz was brought on for the save and had a shaky outing. The only thing more questionable than Diaz’ command was the pitches that the White Sox batters swung at. The Mets were lucky to get out of the inning allowing just the tying run.
Robert Gsellman came on to pitch the 10th and 11th innings and was perfect, retiring all six batters he faced, the last two on strikeouts.
Amed Rosario led off the 11th inning with a single, his fourth hit of the game. Tomas Nido sacrifice him to second. The White Sox brought in a lefty to face McNeil, who got a ball up into the jet stream that Gary Cohen talked about earlier and hit a ball that just barely cleared the fence for a two-run shot. Conforto followed with a monster homer that nearly hit the scoreboard.
Anyone wondering about Syndergaard had to be impressed with his outing tonight. Any team considering paying the freight for Diaz has to have serious second doubts.
Robinson Cano finished 0-6. He’s now 1-26 since his three-homer game.