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Noah Syndergaard throws a shutout and homers in 1-0 triumph

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Thor directed an endgame of his own as he silenced the Reds.

Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Noah Syndergaard made history as he became the first Mets pitcher ever, and the first pitcher period since Bob Welch on June 17, 1983, to throw a complete-game shutout and hit a home run in a 1-0 game. On the back of Syndergaard’s historic afternoon, the Mets were able to secure a series split with the Reds and get ready to head to Milwaukee on a high note.

In what was absolutely his best start of the season, and maybe his career, Noah Syndergaard struck out ten Reds and only allowed four singles en route to a the third complete game, and second shutout, of his career.

You might not have guessed it at the time, but the first inning of this game was by far the most action-packed. Of the eight combined hits for the Reds and Mets, three of them occured during the first inning of play. Following a pair of strikeouts to start the game, Syndergaard allowed his first baserunner on Derek Dietrich’s single to left field. One pitch later, Yasiel Puig had popped up and the inning was over.

Following that same pattern, the Mets got their first hit of the game after Tyler Mahle recorded the first two outs of the inning. Immediately after that, Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto laced back-to-back singles to center and the Mets had a little bit of a rally cooking. Unfortunately, the cookout was canceled as Todd Frazier grounded into a fielder’s choice and ended the inning.

Other than a fielding error and a single allowed by Noah Syndergaard, both halves of the second inning came and went with nothing more than a whisper. The top of the third for the Reds was more of the same, but the real fun part came to lead off the Mets’ half of the third inning. On the first pitch that he saw, Syndergaard pounced on the ball and cracked it 407 feet away into the seats beyond the Great Wall of Flushing to give the Mets their 1-0 that they would not relinquish. Keeping with the theme, the next three Mets went down in a row.

Until the bottom of the fifth, nobody in either dugout reached first base before Wilson Ramos’ double to kick off the bottom of the inning. Amed Rosario moved him forward a station and left it up to Noah Syndergaard and Jeff McNeil to bring him home. In what would be the Mets’ last real chance to score, Syndergaard struck out and a frustrated Jeff McNeil skied a ball to Jose Iglesias who almost lost it in the sun.

Over their last four times up to the plate, the Reds combined for two hits and six strikeouts as Noah Syndergaard put the finishing touches on his magnum opus. Having thrown only 94 pitches through eight innings, he hit for himself in the bottom of the inning and came out to finish off the Reds in the away half of the ninth. Fan favorite Jesse Winker was the first man up and following a questionable second strike, he blew up on the home plate umpire Marty Foster and got himself tossed from the game. The fans made sure to wave goodbye to Winker and wish him well the rest of the season. Kyle Farmer came up to finish Winker’s at bat and watched a 98 MPH heater zip by him and went straight back to the dugout. Eugenio Suarez quickly flew out to right, but Derek Dietrich smacked a single and brought Yasiel Puig to the dish as the potential go-ahead run. Of course, Syndergaard sent Puig packing on three pitches and capped off one of the most electrifying pitching performances of his career.

The Mets are right back at it tomorrow night at 8:10 when Steven Matz takes on the Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a three game set.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Noah Syndergaard (Pitching) +68.8% WPA, Noah Syndergaard (Hitting) +6.2% WPA
Big losers: None!
Total pitcher WPA: +68.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -18.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Noah Syndergaard’s third inning home run, +13% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Noah Syndergaard’s fifth inning strikeout with a man on third, -6% WPA