The Mets came from behind and scored two runs in the ninth to beat the Tigers 3-2 this afternoon in Lakeland, Fla.
In his second appearance of the Spring, Noah Syndergaard showed he was mortal after all and struggled with his control during his three innings of work. The 21-year-old righthander allowed two runs on two hits while striking out three and walking three. It was a far cry from his first start on Monday against the Atlanta Braves when he tossed two scoreless innings.
Syndergaard lacked command, but was still throwing his fastball between 95-97 and reached 98 mph once. He was also betrayed by his defense including a grounder that got by second baseman Eric Young and allowed two runs to score.
At one point, catcher Taylor Teagarden needed to visit the mound to settle Syndergaard down. He ended the day throwing 52 pitches, 31 one of them for strikes.
What else happened:
Jacob deGrom pitched two shutout innings.
Juan Lagares singled twice, stole a base and scored a run. He’s now batting .400 this Spring.
Outfielder Matt Clark stroked a two-run, pinch-hit double to put the Mets ahead by a run in the ninth inning.
Jeff Walters pitched a scoreless frame and got the win, and Gonzalez German saved it with a perfect ninth.
The Mets head back to Tradition Field on Sunday and host the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 PM. Zack Wheeler will start for the Mets and the game will be broadcast on SNY.