Mets pitchers who raked: Noah Syndergaard’s two-homer game in 2016
A mere four days after Colon’s monumental blast in San Diego, Noah Syndergaard had his way with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. Syndergaard was in the midst of his best-pitched year as a Met, and finished the 2016 season with a 14-9 record, 2.60 ERA, and 218 strikeouts in 183.2 innings. He also had his best offensive game for the Amazins that season.
On May 11, 2016, Syndergaard started at Dodger Stadium against Kenta Maeda. He pitched extremely well that evening, going eight innings and allowing only two earned runs. Like Colon a few days prior, Syndergaard had not yet notched a hit in the 2016 season before his offensive outpouring that day.
In the top of the 3rd inning, the game up until that point scoreless, Syndergaard launched the first pitch from Maeda up, up, and away. It landed a few rows back in right center field, and both gave the Mets their first run of the game and gave him his first hit of the year. Gary Cohen capped the moment appropriately by saying, “Colon opened the floodgates on Saturday night, and the Mets pitchers have been storming with the bats ever since!”
A couple of innings later, Syndergaard’s powerful left-handed bat struck again. In the top of the 5th inning, with runners on first and second and nobody out, the mighty Thor squared up on a 2-2 pitch, crushed it to deep center field, and sent it soaring for a home run.
With that second homer, Syndergaard became only the second Mets pitcher ever to hit two home runs in a game, the other being Walt Terrell in 1983. His efforts made him the first MLB pitcher to hit two home runs in a game since Micah Owings accomplished that feat for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007. Syndergaard drove in all four runs for the Mets that day in what became a 4-3 victory.
Syndergaard later acknowledged the close proximity of his accomplishment to Colon’s in a post-game tweet.
Syndergaard has accumulated six home runs in his big league career so far, but none were more attention-grabbing than his two in Los Angeles.