May 12, 2015: Syndergaard's Major League Debut
|Date: May 12, 2015|
|Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard|
|Winning pitcher: Jake Arrieta|
|Key player(s): Noah Syndergaard|
|Key play: Cubs' four-run sixth|
The Mets played the second game of four versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on a Tuesday night. Noah Syndergaard made his Major League debut after spending 3 1/2 years in the minors. The game did not go well for the Mets, though, as the Cubs tagged Syndergaard for three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and three more runs against the bullpen enroute to a 6-1 win.
Jake Arrieta got the start for the Cubs and held the Mets scoreless through seven innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out ten. Syndergaard pitched five shutout innings before allowing a leadoff single in the sixth to Jorge Soler, who scored on Starlin Castro's double before Chris Coglan homered to make it 3-0 Cubs. After striking out Arietta, Syndergaard was replaced by Alex Torres, who struck out Addison Russell before walking the next three batters to load the bases. Miguel Montero's RBI single made it 4-0 Cubs before Soler struck out to end the inning.
Next inning, Sean Gilmartin allowed a leadoff double to Castro, who scored on Russell's double two outs later to put the Cubs up 5-0. In the top of the eighth, the Mets scored their only run of the game when Lucas Duda hit a leadoff single, moved to third on Wilmer Flores's single and scored one out later on Kevin Plawecki's sacrifice fly. The Cubs got that run back in the bottom of the inning on Kris Byrant's leadoff home run off of Hansel Robles.
The Mets got two singles in the ninth with one out off of James Russell, but he struck out Michael Cuddyer and Duda to end the game as Syndergaard suffered a loss in his first Major League start.