Dunedin 5, St. Lucie 3
Facing former teammates with his previous organization, Noah Syndergaard was on the losing end, as Dunedin topped St. Lucie, 5-3, on Wednesday. The Mets (25-19) led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Blue Jays scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-3 lead on back-to-back RBI doubles from Matt Newman and Andy Burns.
Dunedin stretched its lead on a solo home run by Burns in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Syndergaard pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) to go with four strikeouts and two walks. Although he was hurt by the error behind him, it was clear that he struggled to locate his pitches tonight. This breaks a streak of some excellent pitching by Syndergaard, but fret not fans – he should still be in AA soon. If this is a bad Noah Syndergaard start, most people would sign up for a second. He allowed seven hits, but played the role of damage control as he did only allowed three earned runs to cross the plate.
St. Lucie got on the board in the top of the second inning when Gilbert Gomez knocked an RBI double to left field, scoring Charley Thurber. Thurber drove in the Mets’ other runs with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, scoring Cam Maron.
Jenrry Mejia will make his second start on a major league rehab assignment for St. Lucie at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the series finale.
Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
Charley Thurber: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Gilbert Gomez: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Noah Syndergaard: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K
Jim Fuller: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 2 K
Ryan Fraser: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K