Moosic, Pennsylvania – The Syracuse Mets fell back on their long losing streak, falling 6-12 against the Scranton / Wilkes Barre RailRiders after losing a five-time lead at PNC Field on Tuesday night. Travis Blankenhorn homered for Syracuse and had four RBIs for the Mets in the loss.
The Mets have lost eight games in a row.
Syracuse (11-26) exploded in the top of the first inning, putting five runs on the RailRiders. Jeff McNeil, who played the first game of his MLB rehab assignment, led the inning into midfield with a singles. Next, Albert Almora Jr., who is also on a rehab mission, drew a walk. With two ons and no outs, Khalil Lee struck. Blankenhorn followed and shot a triple home run over the right field wall in his first at-bat with Syracuse to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
The RailRiders (24-11) managed to get on the board in the first round when Estevan Florial took the lead with a solo home run and made the score 5: 1 with the Mets.
In the second, the Mets quickly took their five-run lead. Almora started the inning with a single. Lee followed suit, ending up in an outfield player’s pick with Almora on second base, but Lee was safe at first. Lee then stole second base and advanced to third due to a throwing error by catcher Robinson Chirinos. Blankenhorn next drove a victim fly into midfield in his fourth run of the game to score Lee and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1.
The game saw no further run until the fifth inning, in which Florial hit a double-out double on right field. Hoy Park then delivered an RBI single to bring Scranton / Wilkes-Barre within four, 6-2. That turned out to be the final inning for Mets starter Akeem Bostick, who delivered a solid run. The right-handed player finished pitching five innings, allowed two runs with five hits, walked three, and hit two.
The RailRiders offensive came alive for the seventh time. With Armando Alvarez in third place and Florial in first place, Park delivered a two-run triple to score Alvarez and Florial and put the RailRiders within two, 6-4. Trey Amburgey then struck a sacrificial flight in right field to bring Park home and reduce the deficit to one, 6-5.
In the eighth, Chirinos led the RailRiders with a double and was replaced in second place by Pinchrunner Greg Allen. Next went Derek Dietrich. Rob Brantly then faced Allen and scored the game 6-6 as Dietrich advanced to third place. Alvarez followed, hitting a sacrificial flight into the deep center to meet Dietrich and give Scranton / Wilkes-Barre their first lead, 7-6. With an out Velazquez doubled to the right field and Brantly moved up to third place. Florial then continued his stellar night, pulling a double in the middle to score Brantly and Velazquez and increase the RailRiders lead to 3, 9-6. Amburgey hit a sacrificial fly to score Florial and make it 10-6. However, that wasn’t all for Scranton / Wilkes Barre in eighth place. Allen and Dietrich joined the party with RBI singles to give the RailRiders a 12-6 lead and finish the seventh eighth inning.
The Mets will now have to wait until Wednesday evening to have another chance to end their losing streak. Game two of the series between Syracuse and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre is at 7:05 pm from PNC Field.