It’s a shame the New York Mets could not trade starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard before tonight’s game.
The Mets beat the White Sox 5-2 in 11 innings, thanks in large part to Syndergaard’s impressive performance. Thor went 7 1⁄3 innings, giving up one run (unearned) while striking out 11.
Syndergaard was nasty. His fastball topped out at 100 mph, while White Sox hitters were way out in front of the 93 mph changeup. Syndergaard’s slider had a lot of late movement, as Steve Stone and Jason Benetti discussed all night.
Mets’ closer Edwin Diaz could not hold the 2-1 lead in the ninth inning. Tim Anderson hit a sac fly to tie up the game off an erratic Diaz.
The Mets came back in the top of the 11th inning thanks to the long ball. Jeff McNeil hit a two-run home run off Josh Osich, and Michael Conforto blasted a solo shot to the concourse one batter later. It was not too fun for the people who stayed up to watch.
To add insult to injury, the White Sox lost Yoan Moncada after the first inning. He left with hamstring tightness and is considered day-to-day.
Fans received great news with the return of Anderson to the lineup but then had to see Moncada go down. Life as a White Sox fan...what can you do about that? Anderson went 0-3 with two strikeouts.
Hopefully Moncada can get back soon because watching Timmy, Yoan and Eloy hit is definitely worth a watch.
The Sox had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the eighth inning. They had men on second and third with nobody out and could not capitalize after Syndergaard left in the middle of the inning. Mets’ reliever Seth Lugo eventually got Jose Abreu to ground into a 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning. Abreu had a rough night (0-5 with 2 Ks).
Reynaldo Lopez went 5 1⁄3 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits and four walks. He was not his dominant self like he was in his last three outings.
Lopez certainly battled, but he was mostly battling his control all night. He did record six strikeouts, but he was over 100 pitches when he got his final out. Kudos to Ricky for pulling him at that point.
Tomorrow night’s matchup is one of the best pitching matchups of the season. Jacob deGrom will take the hill for the Mets and oppose Lucas Giolito. Should be a fun one.