NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard came out firing Thursday night. The right-hander with the electric arm and the power forward’s body struck out the Phillies‘ first three hitters on 14 pitches to open the game. Thirteen of those pitches were strikes. Three of them reached triple digits on the radar gun and five of them came up just a mile per hour short at 99.
A penny for your thoughts at that point, Pete Mackanin.
“It looked like he might be having one of his best nights,” the Phillies manager said.
Syndergaard actually had a pretty good night. But the Phillies, as a team, had a better night and they managed to escape Citi Field with a 6-4 victory and just their third winning series against the Mets in the last 18 (see Instant Replay). The Phils’ last series win over the Mets came in early 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 and did not walk a batter while striking out 10. For the season, he has 30 strikeouts and no walks in 26 innings over four starts.
But the Phils, with the help of the Mets’ sloppy defense, managed to get some baserunners and some big hits against Syndergaard. He gave up five runs, two of …
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