Madison Bumgarner pitched six shutout innings in a highly-anticipated matchup with Noah Syndergaard as San Francisco snapped the Mets' eight-game winning streak with a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv.
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- Syndergaard allowed a season-high four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed three runs in the fourth inning, capped by a two-run homer from Hunter Pence.
- Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mets loaded the bases against Bumgarner, but pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera struck out looking to end the threat.
- Juan Lagares, David Wright and Neil Walker all had two hits for the Mets, who mustered just one run despite collecting 10 hits. They left 12 men on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Wright drove in the only run with an RBI single in the seventh after Lagares' double.
- One day after seeing his club-record streak of nine straight games with an extra-base hit end, Yoenis Cespedes started another with a double in the third inning.
- Michael Conforto went 0-for-5 and had his streak of reaching base safely snapped at 17 consecutive games.
- Syndergaard on his start: "It was just kind of a disappointing start. My last two starts, I haven't felt very comfortable on the mound."
- Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "Well he was alright ... he threw the ball fine. I thought at the end, his velocity was down a little bit, but he'll bounce back."
- Collins on Syndergaard holding baserunners: "We need to do a better job of holding baserunners at first base for these guys. We can't be that deliberate or that slow to the plate … We've got to get him using a little shorter slide step."
- Collins on the Mets' performance against lefties: "It's tough [to make an assessment] and the ones we have faced are pretty good. But we have some coming up this week that we have to get ready for…but some of these guys, we've got to do some big damage."
News and notes
- Despite the loss, New York won its fifth consecutive series. They are 13-3 since starting the season 2-5.
- The Mets won their first series against the Giants at Citi Field since 2010.
- Walker has multiple hit games in four of his last six contests. He's hitting .409 with seven runs scored, six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in his last 11 games.
- Syndergaard's streak of eight straight starts with eight or more strikeouts ended on Sunday.
Rich Coutinho: The talk surrounding this one in the Met clubhouse was the running game against Noah Syndergaard and how to deal with it going forward. My impression is the slide step could be detrimental if it diminishes his stuff.
To me, the first thing you try is have Noah hold the ball longer on the mound so runners get confused as to when he is actually releasing the ball. In addition, use the pitchout some giving Kevin Plawecki a clear shot at the runner. It is my strong belief that these two things should be used before any slide step is utilized. I lived through this covering Doc Gooden and the last thing you want is a running game minimizing the effectiveness of a fire-balling pitcher. It hurt Doc in that his focus was more on the runner than the hitter and that is the last thing you want with a talented hurler like Noah.
As for the game, the Mets were due to lose, and let's face it -- they were going up against a pitcher who has championship pedigree. The big thing I took out of this weekend is this team the Mets were facing is one many believe could be a playoff opponent come October and the Mets took two of three at home. That is what winning teams do on a consistent basis against quality teams.
At 15-8, the Mets are seven games over 500 just 23 games into the season and that is the type of start they wanted. Look for the Mets to utilize their bench more as their next off day off is 2 weeks away. Wilmer Flores, Alejandro DeAza, and Juan Lagares will get playing time and that will help them stay sharp while giving some of the regulars a day off. In the long run, it will keep everyone refreshed in the marathon known as a baseball season. To follow Rich on Twitter, click here.
What's next ...
The Mets (15-8) welcome the Braves (6-18) to Citi Field for a three-game set beginning Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) makes his sixth start of the year for New York. Atlanta counters with righthander Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26).