Noah Syndergaard had been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break heading into tonight’s game. But that nice streak all came tumbling down tonight, as Syndergaard put up the worst performance of his career in a pivotal game against a team the Mets are chasing in the Wild Card race.
The Cubs put up a six spot against Syndergaard in the very first inning. The rally got started on an error by Amed Rosario and things fell apart quickly for the Mets from there. After the error, which scored a run, the Cubs had three straight hits, culminating with a two-run homer by Ian Happ and before the Mets knew it, they were six runs down.
The Mets scratched back a run in the bottom of the first, but Syndergaard remained in the game and things only continued to get worse for him. The Cubs scored two runs apiece in the second and third to put the Mets in a nine-run deficit.
The Mets’ bullpen took over in the fourth inning and delivered six scoreless innings of work, as the Mets inched ever closer. The Mets put up a crooked number of their own in the fifth inning against Kyle Hendricks and David Phelps, which included back-to-back homers by Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis, and they clawed back to a 10-6 score. The Mets had traffic on the bases in every subsequent inning, but managed to score just one more run and lost by a final score of 10-7.
Full recap to follow.
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