Monday in Disney, the Mets defeated the Braves 6-2 in the fourth game of their spring training slate.
All eyes were on top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, who dazzled in his Grapefruit League debut. Syndergaard tossed 30 pitches while allowing one hit and striking out two over two scoreless frames.
He sat between 95 and 98 MPH with his fastball while mixing in a few changeups and curveballs.
The first batter Syndergaard faced was Jason Heyward, who he blew away with a 98 MPH fastball.
The Braves threatened in the fifth, but Josh Edgin worked out of a bases loaded jam. Then, with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh, Matt den Dekker made a headlong diving catch in center to keep the Mets ahead and close out the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Reid, who has close to no chance to make the bullpen, put a few runners on before uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Atlanta to tie things 1-1. Reid then surrendered an infield single that put the Braves on top 2-1.
The Mets stormed back in the top of the ninth.
Andrew Brown led off the inning with a triple off the outfield wall, and Dustin Lawley drove him in with a single to center to tie the game. Taylor Teagarden followed by lining a single to put runners on first and second with none out. After Anthony Seratelli failed to move the runners over on a sacrifice bunt, Cory Vaughn smoke a two run double down the third base line to put the Mets ahead 4-2. Matt den Dekker almost immediately continued the onslaught, smacking a single the other way to drive in Vaughn and extend New York’s lead to 5-2. Eric Campbell then delivered an RBI single of his own as the Mets went up 6-2.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gonzalez Germen set the Braves down in order to secure the victory.
- Noah Syndergaard turned heads during 2 scoreless frames. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 2.
- Juan Lagares went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
- Jeurys Familia struck out 2 and allowed only an infield hit during 2 scoreless innings.
- Wilmer Flores went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. He again shifted over to shortstop late in the game.
- Josh Edgin walked the first 2 batters he faced in the 5th and gave up an infield hit, but was able to wiggle out of a bases loaded, 1 out jam.
- Ryan Reid, who is ticketed for the Triple-A Las Vegas bullpen, gave up the lead while allowing 2 runs in the 8th.
- Gonzalez Germen closed out the game with a perfect 9th.
The Mets return to Port St. Lucie tomorrow to host the Astros at 1:10 PM. Zack Wheeler gets the start for New York in a game that can be seen locally on SNY.