Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Phillies 4-2 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
Things you should know about Friday's game
1) Syndergaard was hit hard in the first inning, giving up an RBI double to former Met Asdrubal Cabrera to get things started for the Phillies. Nick Williams' RBI single and Carlos Santana's double play plated two more in the inning, making it 3-0. In the fourth, Austin Jackson misplayed a fly ball to deep center field that resulted in a triple for Roman Quinn, who then scored on an RBI single by Jorge Alfaro for the Phillies' fourth run of the night. Syndergaard threw 115 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and striking out five batters.
2) The Mets' offense struggled against Phillies' ace Aaron Nola. Jeff McNeil broke the ice with a leadoff single in the fourth inning, advanced to third on Austin Jackson's single and scored on Todd Frazier's sac fly. But that was all the Mets could manage off Nola, who struck out 11 batters through seven innings. In the eighth, McNeil and Jackson combined for a double and single respectively to cut the Phillies' lead to 4-2.
3) LHP Daniel Zamora made his major league debut in relief of Syndergaard. He struck out his first batter, Cesar Hernandez, to end the sixth. He walked one batter in the seventh, but followed with a double play ball and a strikeout to end the inning.
Kristan Bravo, SNY.tv
Syndergaard struggled with his command throughout the night. The Phillies seemed to read his fastball and steal bases with ease. Syndergaard did not have a 1-2-3 inning and failed to lay down a bunt in the fifth that would have advanced runners to second and third with nobody out.
In a game in which Syndergaard didn't have his best stuff, the Mets didn't do much to pick him up. Aside from Jackson and McNeil, the offense couldn't find much of rhythm after scoring a total of 30 runs in Thursday's doubleheader.
Jackson struggled a bit in the field, misplaying a fly ball in the fourth that led to a triple and ultimately a run scored. He was also picked off in the third inning to end one of the Mets' few rallies of the night.
McNeil went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He not only had a productive offensive day, but continued to look strong as the Mets' second baseman. McNeil made a nice diving stop in the third to save Syndergaard another early inning base runner. In the seventh, he helped turn a double play on a slow ground ball with a quick release on his throw to first.
News and notes
Syndergaard allowed three stolen bases in his previous outing and five to the Phillies on Friday.
With his three hits on the night, Jackson is hitting .400 as a Met.
Brandon Nimmo and Bobby Wahl both suffered an injury during the doubleheader on Thursday. Nimmo is listed as day-to-day after he was hit by a pitch on his left hand, while Wahl was placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a right hamstring strain.
The Mets continue their series with the Phillies on Friday at Citizens Bank Park at 4:05 p.m. on WPIX. Jacob deGrom (7-7, 1.81 ERA) gets the ball against Jake Arrieta (9-7, 3.33 ERA).