The Binghamton Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on the rest of the way to defeat the Reading Fightin Phils, 6-3 on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Noah Syndergaard earned his third win of the season, and Binghamton is now back up to their high-water mark of 25 games over .500.
Top-rated Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle started the game for the Reading, but couldn’t find his groove on the hill. The lefty faced just eight batters and threw 42 pitches before being removed from the game with two outs in the first inning. Binghamton got the scoring started against the lefty with a two-run double from Josh Rodriguez. Blake Forsythe singled up the middle to make it a 3-0 game, and Biddle was replaced by Brody Colvin with the bases loaded and two outs in the first.
Colvin’s first batter was Syndergaard, and he walked him on five pitches to bring home the fourth run of the inning. Once Colvin got out of the first, he settled in nicely and shut down the B-Met offense. Meanwhile Reading began to chip away at the four-run Binghamton lead. In the top of the third Syndergaard uncorked a wild pitch with runners at the corners for the first run, and Maikel Franco knocked an RBI single into right field to cut the B-Met lead to 4-2.
Those were the only runs scored against Syndergaard in his sixth start as a B-Met this season. He threw 96 pitches, and struck out seven before handing the ball over to the bullpen. The B-mets ‘pen would go on to preserve the win for Syndergaard, with Jeff Walters picking up his league-leading 27th save of the year.
Overall, Syndergaard’s line was 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7 K.
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(Compiled from team report)