ROCHESTER, N.Y. (SYRACUSE METS) –
Syracuse Mets starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff threw six scoreless innings and hit a two-run home run as the Mets beat the Rochester Red Wings, 5-2, on Tuesday night at Frontier Field. The home run is the first hit by a pitcher in Frontier Field’s 24-season history.
Syracuse (5-14) opened the scoring up in the top of the third inning. With one out, Cody Bohanek tripled to the left-field corner. Eickhoff followed with a 404-foot home run to left-center field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. The inning then continued with a Mason Williams double. Two batters later, with two outs, Sebastian Elizalde doubled to score Williams to give Syracuse a 3-0 edge. David Thompson followed with another double, scoring Elizalde to extend the Syracuse advantage to 4-0.
Rochester (4-15) was stymied at the plate. Eickhoff allowed just four hits and one walk in his six scoreless innings on the mound while striking out three batters. Eickhoff is the first Syracuse pitcher to throw six scoreless innings in a game this season.
The Red Wings got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Adrian Sanchez and Ali Castillo both singled, putting runners on first and second base. Alec Keller then grounded a ball back to the mound, but Mets reliever Seth Lugo made an errant throw into center field that allowed Sanchez to score from second, trimming the Syracuse lead to three, 4-1.
Rochester pulled closer in the eighth. With one out, Daniel Palka singled, and Yasmany Tomás walked. After a Tres Barrera pop out, Sanchez singled, scoring Palka to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
The Mets responded in the top of the ninth though. With one out, Quinn Brodey crushed a ball over the right-field wall for a solo home run that gave the Mets a three-run lead, 5-2.
Syracuse and Rochester continue their six-game series with the second game on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in Rochester.