Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was brilliant in his last outing against the Red Sox, but he couldn't seem to channel that Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Syndergaard saw an early exit after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six over four innings of work.
It was the long ball that did Thor in. In the bottom of the first, Rhys Hoskins mashed a solo homer to right center field. Then, after working out of trouble in the third, Odubel Herrera crushed a two-run homer to right to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.
Syndergaard could have gone another inning with an 89 pitch count, but Mickey Callaway thought it best to take him out. When Syndergaard was asked what got his pitch count so high, he gave credit to the Phillies' hitters.
"They're scrappy," he said after the game. "I didn't do a good job at being efficient with my pitch count. I got it elevated early on in the game. Outing was over before it really started."
Callaway agreed, adding the Phillies were very patient at the plate as well.
"They just scrapped their at-bats and make him throw pitches," he said. "They're not really swinging early in the count and getting themselves out. They're more patient and making him throw a lot of pitches. Evidently, him only going four innings and almost getting to his pitch count, they did a pretty good job at their approach."
This was the second time Syndergaard has gone four innings or less this season, dating back to April 4.