It may have been a long wait to see Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard take the mound again, but it was well worth it on Friday night.
Syndergaard tossed one-run ball over his five strong innings in his return to Citi Field. And though it may have been only 75 pitches thrown, the righty was happy he came out healthy in the end.
"The first three innings felt pretty good in terms of what I've been working on in my delivery," he said after the game. "Kinda felt out of it the fourth and fifth inning. But it's a step in the right direction, it's encouraging. I came out it healthy and that's all that matters."
The night began with a 1-2-3 first inning, and Thor's heater was certainly showing early as he touched triple digits at times. He even managed to hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to help his own cause.
In the third inning, Syndergaard fell into an odd predictament after opposing pitcher Tanner Roark lofted a ball to right field that not only snuck in for a hit, but took an odd bounce off the side padding and rolled passed Brandon Nimmo. The ball looked to be a ground-rule double, but it turned into a triple for Roark.
Wilmer Difo, then, singled home Roark to make it a 4-1 game.
Syndergaard found himself in more trouble in the fourth, but this time he worked his way out of it getting three straight outs despite runners on second and third with two outs.
The fifth inning was easier for Syndergaard, as he got Bryce Harper to ground out into a inning-ending double play to cap off his night on a high note.
Manager Mickey Callaway came away impressed by what Syndergaard produced despite not seeing too much live action before his return.
"I thought he was really good," Callaways said. "I think that we saw velocity. I think he got to a point there towards the middle where his ball starting cutting a little bit and I don't know if it was necessarily from fatigue but [he had] a little bit of a mechanical breakdown. You know, six weeks off of whatever he had and then one minor league outing and then going to the big leagues - he did a tremendous job."
Overall, Syndergaard allowed the one run on seven hits while striking out three and walking two over his 75-pitch outing. Though it was Syndergaard at his best, it was definitely a positive step for the righty in getting back in the big league groove.