Syracuse, N.Y. (SYRACUSE METS) – The Syracuse Mets finished a winning week at NBT Bank Stadium in style, rallying back to grab a 4-2 win over the Worcester Red Sox on a sunny, mid-70-degree day in the Salt City in front of an electric crowd of 5,569. With the win, the Mets won five out of the six games they played this week against the Red Sox.
Syracuse (6-11) trailed Worcester, 2-1, going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Mets finally broke through against the WooSox bullpen. Nick Dini walked to start the frame and was pinch run for by Quinn Brodey. Syracuse then put on a perfectly timed hit-and-run, allowing Wyatt Young to chop a single into left field and advance Brodey all the way to third base. The next batter, Nick Plummer, brought the crowd at NBT Bank Stadium to its feet on a sunny Sunday. The former first-round pick pummeled a no-doubt, three-run home run over the right-field wall, giving Syracuse a 4-2 lead. Plummer now has two home runs with Syracuse on the young season and made his MLB debut with the New York Mets last week.
In the top of the ninth, Worcester (10-8) brought the tying run to the plate, but Syracuse turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game, securing the 4-2 victory.
Mets reliever Alex Claudio locked the game down in the eighth and ninth innings with two scoreless frames. The left-hander allowed just one baserunner and had one strikeout.
Despite the Syracuse win, Worcester got out to another early lead. Fresh off a win on Saturday night, the WooSox got right back to work early on Sunday afternoon, plating the first run of the ballgame in the top of the second. After a groundout to start the inning, Yolmer Sánchez singled, moved to third on a double by Ryan Fitzgerald, and scored on an RBI groundout by Johan Mieses. Sánchez was outstanding at the plate in the six-game series, going 6-for-19 with four runs driven in and three runs scored.
Syracuse bounced right back and tied the game in the bottom of the second inning. The Mets got a one-out double from Travis Blankenhorn, and after a Mark Vientos strikeout, Blankenhorn scored via a single from Khalil Lee. Lee has now reached base in seven straight games.
The Red Sox regained their slim lead in the top of the third inning. Worcester was gifted two errors by the Mets early in the frame, allowing Grant Williams to take third with nobody out. He promptly scored when the next batter, Jarren Duran, singled into right field, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 advantage.
From there, the pitching took hold for both teams until the late innings. The Red Sox and Mets held each other off the board until the bottom of the eighth inning with excellent work out of the bullpen. Rob Zastryzny was masterful for Syracuse, tossing two scoreless and hitless relief innings with four strikeouts.
Not to be lost amidst all the other details in Sunday afternoon’s game, Mike Montgomery was more than solid in his start for the Mets. The left-hander allowed just two runs, but only one earned, in five innings of work, surrendering just four hits without walking anybody while striking out four. Montgomery now owns a 2.65 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.
Syracuse now hits the road for a six-game series at the Rochester Red Wings, beginning on Tuesday. Left-hander Thomas Szapucki is slated to start the series opener for the Mets on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Rochester.