The Mets’ pitching staff led by Noah Syndergaard worked its way through rain delays to help bring home sweep of Indians in a 2-0 win.. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Thursday’s game
1) Noah Syndergaard had his start cut short thanks to an extensive rain delay, about an hour. Syndergaard’s night ended at 73 pitches as he unsurprisingly did not come back out to the mound when play resumed at 11:10 p.m. Still, it was a productive outing for Syndergaard in the win. Over six innings, the righty allowed only two hits and shutdown the first 15 batters he faced. Syndergaard struck out five, including the first two batters he faced in the game to set the tone early.
2) The Mets defense certainly helped Syndergaard. In the fourth inning, JD Davis made a fantastic catch in left field. Greg Allen had Davis running while facing the stands on the warning track and Davis made an over the shoulder grab with his arm fully extended. In the sixth inning just after Syndergaard’s first allowed hit, he teamed up with Pete Alonso for a big out. Allen hit a grounder that caused Alonso to dive to his right to make the play. He stopped the ball, but fumbled it. Upon picking it up, he made a quick throw to first base as Syndergaard covered for him. The play came with two men on base and ended the inning.
3) Todd Frazier had one of the few mistakes of the night for the Mets which hindered his team’s chances to capitalize on two errors from the Indians. On a chopper to the mound by Frazier, he advanced all the way to second base as pitcher Tyler Clippard tossed an ugly errant throw to Yasiel Puig at the bag. From there, Puig corralled the ball and threw it 15 yards to the right of third base, despite Frazier holding at second. The error got Frazier to third.
Then Juan Lagares hit a potential sacrifice fly to left field and Frazier attempted to tag and head home. Instead, he was gunned down to end the inning by Tyler Naquin in a play that wasn’t really close.
4) Wilson Ramos can’t stop hitting. The Mets’ two runs crossed home complements of Ramos. Joe Panik singled and Michael Conforto hit a ground-rule double, which was followed up by a Ramos double, scoring both runners in the the fourth inning.
5) While Syndergaard didn’t return, the Mets bullpen was just as good, laboring as a second rain delay occured and eventually ended the game early. Jeurys Familia continued his strong play of late, tossing the seventh inning, however, Familia did walk one batter. Paul Sewald had a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts.
RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7 overall, 2.61 ERA) and the Mets welcome the Atlanta Braves for a NL East three-game series at Citi Field on Friday. DeGrom will face RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09) on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
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