TRENTON, N.J. (SYRACUSE METS) –
The Syracuse Mets saw their three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Buffalo Bisons after a 3-2 loss on Tuesday night at ARM & HAMMER Park. The Bisons are playing in Trenton, NJ because their major league affiliate, the Toronto Blue Jays, are making Sahlen Field in Buffalo their temporary home.
Buffalo (13-10) walked off in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the game tied, 2-2, Kevin Smith led off the frame with a double that just stayed fair past third base into left field. Smith then moved to third base on a Tyler White slow groundout to third. Cullen Large followed with a walk, and Forest Wall was intentionally walked to load the bases. Mets reliever Bradley Roney struck out Riley Adams swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Then, Roney faced another 3-2 count, this time against Logan Warmoth. This full-count pitch missed high for ball four as the bases-loaded walk brought home Smith from third for Buffalo’s 3-2 walk-off win.
The Bisons scored the game’s first run in the first inning with a Kevin Smith single to give Buffalo a 1-0 advantage.
Syracuse (8-17) responded in the top of the second. Khalil Lee led off with a double to the left-field corner. Martin Cervenka followed with a single to put runners on the corners. After a Quinn Brodey pop out, Nick Conti hit a ball into deep center. Bisons center fielder Forrest Wall made an impressive catch, leaping to the wall and then threw to first base to double off Cervenka for an inning-ending double play. Despite the double play, Lee tagged up and scored on the play before the out was recorded at first base, leading to the first run of the game for Syracuse, knotting the game up, 1-1.
After spending almost a month in the big leagues, Syracuse catcher Patrick Mazeika made the most of his Triple-A debut tonight. After a first inning single, Mazeika came to the plate in the fifth and lined an RBI double into right field to score Drew Jackson from second and give the Mets their first lead, 2-1. Mazeika ended the game 2-for-4 with that RBI.
The Mets didn’t have the lead for long though. In the sixth, former Astros and Dodgers standout Tyler White hit a sacrifice fly into shallow right field to bring home Christian Colon and tie the game up, 2-2.
It was an impressive showing from Syracuse starting pitcher Jesús Reyes. The right-hander turned in his best start of the year, going six innings, allowing two runs, but only one earned, while walking three and striking out six. It was Reyes’s first game this season allowing less than three runs.
Syracuse’s offense collected nine hits but stranded eight runners on base, including four runners in scoring position.
The Mets will look to bounce back on Wednesday in game two of a six-game series against the Bisons. First pitch from ARM & HAMMER Park is at 7:05 p.m.