I know it’s unreasonable but there are certain pitchers I expect to win every time they toe the rubber.
The Mets ace suffered his first loss of the season against a Braves rookie making his major league debut. Mike Soroka tossed six innings of shutout ball, while his counterpart was pounded for three runs on four consecutive hits in the first inning.
Syndergaard surrendered a trio of hits on two-strike counts – reminiscent of Mets pitching woes the past few years. The flame-throwing right-hander reached as high as 99 on the radar gun, but that didn’t dismay the bats of Ozhaino Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr. Freddie Freeman, and Nick Markakis who launched Syndergaard’s heat to left, right and center.
“This loss is really just all on me,” Syndergaard said. “I came out aggressive, (they) ambushed me. I’ve got to tip my hat to them on that.”
The kid from Canada kept NY off the scoreboard with a steady diet of two and four-seam fastballs until the sixth, when Yoenis Cespedes, got a hold of an 86mph slider for his sixth consecutive hit, to close the gap 3-1.
Relievers Jerry Blevins and AJ Ramos owe their current ERA’s to Cespedes’ arm after the duo yielded three straight singles in the top of the seventh. The slow running Kurt Suzuki foolishly tested the left fielder’s cannon and was nailed at the plate, keeping it a two-run game.
Scoring opportunities were squandered in the bottom of the seventh and eighth when the Mets couldn’t cash in on leadoff batters reaching base on a walk by Adrian Gonzalez and a base hit from Asdrubal Cabrera.
Seth Lugo kept the Mets chance for a comeback alive with two scoreless innings.
Braves closer Arodys Viscaino survived a NY rally in the ninth after surrendering back-to-back singles to Todd Frazier and Gonzalez, the latter of which was a fly ball that dropped into center field as a result of a defensive faux paus by the indecisive Dansby Swanson.
With men on first and second, the sacrifice challenged Ahmed Rosario whiffed on three consecutive pitches, a wild pitch to pinch hitting Wilmer Flores put runners in scoring position. Flores brought home a run on a ground out to short, and Jose Reyes, looking to capitalize on his couple of hits against Colorado, flied out to left on another Atlanta two-seam fast ball, that Acuna almost misplayed.
Wednesday the 3-0 Jacob deGrom takes his 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings to the mound to hopefully keep the Braves at bay and retain the Mets first place standing in the NL East.