On Thursday night, New York Mets pitcher, Noah Syndergaard came out firing like usual.
He struck out the first three Phillies batters on 14 pitches to begin the game. Thirteen were strikes.
In addition, three out of thirteen strikes reached triple digits on the radar gun.
“It looked like he might be having one of his best nights,” said Phillies manager, Pete Mackanin.
Though Syndergaard had a good night, the Phillies had a better one, as they managed to win 6-4, earning just their third winning series against the Mets in the last 18.
The last series win over the Mets occurred in April of last season.
“It sure is nice to win a series here against the Mets,” Mackanin said. “It’s always nice to win a series. But against these guys, it was special, as much as they’ve beat us up over the last year.”
Syndergaard pitched seven innings, while striking out 10 and not walking a single Phillies batter.
The Phillies were able to get some runners on base, with a few big hits sprinkled in as well.
Syndergaard gave up five runs, two of which were unearned, due to the sloppy defensive performance by the Mets.
The Phillies bullpen shined last night at Citi Field, as pitcher, Aaron Nola struggled to hold an early 5-1 lead.
Left-handed reliever, Joely Rodriguez was able to get six huge outs, which allowed the Phillies to protect a one-run lead.
Furthermore, Mackanin surprised many fans by using Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning and Hector Neris in the ninth to close out the game.
Last week, Mackanin announced Benoit as closer, after Jeanmar Gomez lost the job.
“I think [Benoit] looks more comfortable [in a setup role],” Mackanin said. “Over in Washington, I didn’t see that good changeup. He spiked a couple of changeups and didn’t have command of it. Tonight, he threw some great ones. So that was great to see. In general, we have two guys I feel comfortable with. I’ll probably use Neris again. But it’s nice to have somebody that when one guy’s not available, the other guy is.”
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