St. Lucie 17, Palm Beach 1
Do not be alarmed…you are not dreaming. This actually did happen. Noah Syndergaard was responsible for stifling the Palm Beach bats with some superb pitching while the St. Lucie offense combined for sixteen hits and a crooked seventeen runs.
So let’s give Syndergaard his time in the sun here. This young man seems to be pitching with a chip on his shoulder every time he takes the mound… I almost feel like he is angry at Toronto for trading him and he is setting out to be an ace-caliber pitcher – which is fine by me. He followed up a string of great starts with yet another dominating performance. He allowed just one run off four hits and a walk across seven innings, where he struck out seven and is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in our entire organization.
Syndergaard retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff double in the first. He allowed just two runners on base through the first six innings. If you were to take away the seventh inning from this start, he would have allowed one hit and zero runs over six innings with six strikeouts to boot. If you’re not impressed by the Synder man’s recent stretch of pitching, you might need to try a new sport. This is his fourth consecutive start lasting at least six innings and allowing one run or less.
A pitcher always has an easier day with run support, though, so a lead that widened to 16-0 at one point must have helped his cause. Every starter except Aderlin Rodriguez (0-for-6, yeesh) had a hit, and all but two had an RBI. Matt Reynolds was a god of baseball war at the plate, where he had three hits and five RBIs. Cam Maron also had a nice day at the ballpark, calling a great game and driving home two runs. St. Lucie was 8-for-24 as a team with RISP.
Final tip of my hat here goes to T.J. Chism, who pitched the last two innings of the game for St. Lucie without allowing a run.
Robbie Shields: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB
Matt Reynolds: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R
Dustin Lawley: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Travis Taijeron: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB
Cam Maron: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Gilbert Gomez: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
Noah Syndergaard: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K
T.J. Chism: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K