New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard gives new meaning to the phrase “locking up the hitter” today in Washington D.C.

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - Noah Syndergaard Locks Up Escobar In Filthy Way (Video)Wednesday afternoon provided a matinee treat for the fans in Washington D.C. as their first place Nationals play host to the second place New York Mets.

As usual, the Mets had one of their nasty, phenom starting pitchers on the mound.

Noah Syndergaard didn’t have his top stuff but still limited the Nats to just one run and five hits while striking out four prior to being lifted after the fifth inning.

More importantly – for all of us who enjoy the rare and interesting highlight – the man they called Thor gave new meaning to the term “locking up the hitter.”

While facing Yunel Escobar in the second inning, Syndergaard came fast and inside with a 96 m.p.h. heater. The results turned hilarious (for everybody other than Escobar himself as it was later revealed he suffered a wrist injury).

The bat went flying and Escobar fell to the ground like he was frozen in time.

The Nats just scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead over the Mets.

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