Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard had an uneven 2015 debut with Triple-A Las Vegas, striking out two and allowing seven hits, one walk and three runs (two earned) in four innings as the 51s beat Sacramento, 8-5.
Syndergaard, whose start was delayed by forearm tightness, threw 54 pitches, 37 for strikes. He was on a 60-pitch limit, but made the most of it, getting eight groundball outs, two leading to double plays.
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Travis Ishikawa singled with two outs in the first and advanced to second on an error by centerfielder Kyle Johnson. Adam Duvall drove home Ishikawa to give Sacramento a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Darren Ford singled on a soft ground ball to short and Ronny Cedeno singled on a soft fly ball to right. Ishikawa walked to load the bases and Duvall hit a single to tie the score, 2-2, for Sacramento. With the bases still loaded, Syndergaard got Jarrett Parker to ground into a double play, scoring a run, and then struck out Brandon Hicks.
Las Vegas (3-2) rallied for two runs to go ahead for good in the fourth and scored three more times in the fifth.
Rightfielder Travis Taijeron was 2-for-3 with a home run, first baseman Eric Campbell was 3-for-5 with a home run and shortstop Matt Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk.
Elsewhere in the minors:
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON (3-1)
The game was postponed by rain.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE (3-2)
Righthander Rob Whalen struck out one and allowed eight hits, two runs and one walk in six innings, taking the loss as the Mets fell, 2-1, to Brevard County. Whalen got seven groundballs, two double plays and picked off two runners.
SINGLE-A SAVANNAH (2-3)
First baseman Jon Leroux was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and three RBIs as the Sand Gnats beat Rome, 5-2.
ON TAP TONIGHT
Long Island native Steven Matz makes his second Triple-A start at 10:05 p.m.