Noah Syndergaard
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard homers while pitching a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Reds.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Mets 1 (16-15)
  • Cincinnati Reds 0 (13-18)
  • NL, Final, Box Score
  • Citi Field, Queens, New York

Welcome to the 2019 show, Noah Syndergaard.

A day after fellow starter Jacob deGrom turned it all around, the man the kids call Thor did the same. With a slight free-flowing hair change on getaway day, Syndergaard threw a 104-pitch complete-game shutout while leading the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

In addition, Syndergaard produced the only run of the game. His solo home run in the third inning, his second shot of the campaign, accounted for New York’s sole run. The exit velocity of 105.8 marks the fastest for a pitcher in 2019.

The outing could be best described as clutch. Mickey Callaway alluded to this idea while pointing to the depleted bullpen.

Offensively, aside from Syndergaard’s blast, very little existed. Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto and Wilson Ramos (double) accounted for the team’s only three non-Thor hits. Cincinnati starting pitcher Tyler Mahle surrendered only a run on four hits and no walks while striking out seven Mets in 5.1 total innings.

Derek Dietrich paced the Reds with a 2-for-4 day. Ultra-villain Jesse Winker, a day after waving goodbye to the left-field stands, was promptly ejected in the ninth inning after an argued strike call. For good measure, he caused a little friendly-fire in the dugout with a loose helmet.

The New York Mets now head to Milwaukee for a three-game set with the Brewers. Then it’s off to San Diego for another three-game slate starting Monday.

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