Noah Syndergaard made the start for the Mets for the Mets last night against the Atlanta Braves and did not get off to the start he would have liked to.
In the first inning, he allowed the first four batters to all record hits. Ozzie Albies led off the game with a single followed by a Ronald Acuna double to put runners on second and third. Freddie Freeman drove both of them in as he hit an RBI double into right field. Nick Markakis then proceeded to drive Freeman in on a single up the middle.
He was able to settle down to get two outs in the inning before allowing another hit to Ryan Flaherty, However, he was able to get pitcher Mike Soroka to ground out in the next at-bat to avoid any further damage.
After the first inning, Syndergaard managed to not allow any more runs while surrendering six hits in the last five innings he pitched, despite running into a bases-loaded jam in the third inning.
Syndergaard clearly did not have his best stuff last night, though, as his final stat line over six innings included ten hits allowed, three runs, and one walk while only recording three strikeouts. He also received his first loss on the season, but managed to receive his fourth quality start as well.
After the game, Syndergaard took the blame for the loss.
“Yeah, this loss is really just all on me. I came out aggressive and they ambushed me and I just have to tip my hat to them on that.
“In the first inning, I wasn’t really gripping the ball all that well. I was trying to just force pitches in there and just trying to let it be free and easy and let that happen. For the majority of the night I had an issue with my mechanics, but on nights like that you have to limit walks and find a way to battle.”
Syndergaard moved to 2-1 on the season with a 3.10 ERA and 1.13 WHIP to go along with 49 strikeouts as compared to only six walks in 40 innings.