Spring Training Recap: Syndergaard Shines In Debut, Mets Dominate 11-3

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The New York Mets routed the Houston Astros at First Data Field by a score of 11-3 on Friday.

The Mets were held scoreless by Charlie Morton in his two innings to start the game, but were able to get to Brady Rodgers in the fourth. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce both singled in a run. Lucas Duda then doubled to right field scoring two runs.

Neil Walker extended the Mets lead to 6-0 in the fifth with a two-run home run; his second in two days. The inning continued with a passed ball that scored Brandon Nimmo. Dominic Smith then singled in two runs and Amed Rosario doubled in a run to cap off a five-run fifth.

The Mets got a run in the seventh from a Champ Stuart double and a run in the eighth from a T.J. Rivera sac fly.

The Mets received 17 hits from 13 different players.That included doubles from Duda, Rosario, Stuart, Rivera, and Michael Conforto. With Conforto’s double, he now has a hit in five of six spring games he’s played in and is batting .500. Yoenis Cespedes, Nimmo, Walker, and Rene Rivera all had two hits apiece.

Noah Syndergaard shined in his first start of the spring as he pitched two scoreless innings. He walked two, allowed one hit, and struck out one. He was sitting at 97 MPH, hit 99, flashed a slider at 94 and got his only strikeout on a nasty changeup.

Jerry Blevins followed with a scoreless inning of his own. Rafael Montero was able to pitch two scoreless innings with the help of an outfield assist by Juan Lagares. A.J. Reed began to test his arm by running home, but had second thoughts too late and ended up being tagged out at third. Montero has yet to allow a run in six spring innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Josh Edgin and Kevin McGowan combined for 2.2 innings of work giving up all three runs of the game. Josh Smoker got the team back on track with 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the game.

On Deck –

On Saturday, the Mets head south to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to face Astros at 1:05 PM. Jacob deGrom will make his spring debut against 24-year-old righty Joseph Musgrove.

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