Mets Minor League Roundup 4/4 - Syndergaard Debuts in AAA:
Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 11, FRESNO 8: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings in his Triple-A debut. Syndergaard threw 76 pitches (51 strikes) en route to the victory. Bobby Abreu, pinch-hitting for Syndergaard, produced a three-run double as the 51s opened an 11-2 lead in the sixth. Fresno scored six runs over the final two innings, including four charged to Jeff Walters in the eighth. Zach Lutz, who had a grand slam a night earlier, this time went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Box
Mets AA - AKRON at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.
Mets High A - PALM BEACH 6, ST. LUCIE 2: Steven Matz took the loss in his Florida State League debut. The lefty from Long Island scattered seven hits and two runs in five innings. He struck out five. Palm Beach starter Joe Cuda tossed four innings of one-run ball and struck out six. Reliever Thomas Lee was credited with the win after pitching 2 1/3 innings. The Cardinals never trailed in the game. They got on the board in the fourth on a triple from Starlin Rodriguez that plated Anthony Garcia. Two batters later, Steven Ramos singled home Rodriguez to make it 2-0. The Mets cut the lead in half in their half of the fourth when Dilson Herrera singled to plate Brandon Nimmo. But the Mets wouldn’t get any closer. The Cardinals scored four unanswered runs. Garcia doubled in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch by Julian Hilario. The Cardinals broke it open with three runs in the seventh. The big hit came on a two-run single by Jacob Wilson. The Mets were led offensively by T.J. Rivera. He followed Thursday’s five-RBI game with two more hits. Herrera also had a multi-hit game. Nimmo added a double. Box
Mets A - SAVANNAH 10, LAKEWOOD 1: Savannah native John Gant earned the win in his first home start as a Gnat after limiting the BlueClaws to one run in six innings. Jared King ripped a pair of two-run triples and shortstop Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in the Gnats' five-run seventh to turn the game into a rout. Dominic Smith began that big frame with a single. Patrick Biondi also singled. Cecchini brought both runners home with a three-run shot. It was the 2012 first-round pick's second professional homer. The first long ball came on July 28, 2012 with Kingsport. The Gnats were not done. Jeff McNeil doubled for the second time in the game. Victor Cruzado walked and King tripled. King's first triple of the game had given the Gnats a 2-1 lead in what became a three-run fourth. That time, McNeil had doubled and Cruzado singled. King then launched a shot to right-center that Lakewood center fielder Carlos Tocci could not reel in after a long run. King scored on a sacrifice fly by L.J. Mazzilli. The BlueClaws' lone run came in the third inning, when Tocci scored on a wild pitch. Gant got stronger as the game went on. He allowed the leadoff man to reach base in each of the first three innings, but in none of his final three frames. He completed six innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Box