The Mets extended their winning streak to two games Friday night, with “two” being the operative number. They scored two runs on just two hits and somehow they won the game.
That “somehow” was Noah Syndergaard. He pitched a gem, allowing just one run on five hits in eight innings, striking out five Reds and not walking anyone. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth to nail down the save.
Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run. Granderson is on fire — over his last six games he is 9-21 with four home runs (all solo shots, by the way, to account for his four RBIs over the span). Johnny Cueto gave the Mets the lead in the fifth, when after a two out triple by Dilson Herrera, he walked three straight batters to force in a run.
It is the second consecutive game the Mets have scored two runs but got great starting pitching and won the games. Maybe this is the team Sandy Alderson envisioned — just enough hitting to back up superb pitching. It is not the worst plan, but the Mets will need more than two runs a game in the long term. Four runs might do it.
Not sure the Mets offense can consistently score that many, though.