After refusing to take an MRI on his bicep, Noah Syndergaard was forced to leave Sunday’s game in Washington with an injury in the same area, as the Mets went on to get blown out by the Nationals by the embarrassing score of 23-5.
The Mets actually had a lead in this game. In the first inning, Jose Reyes tripled and Jay Bruce drove him in with a single.
Syndergaard then took the mound and promptly allowed five runs, including his first walks of the season (two, one intentional) and a wild pitch. Anthony Rendon drove in two of those runs (much more on him later).
Rene Rivera got one of the runs back with a solo homer in the second.
But in the bottom of the inning, Syndergaard had to leave after throwing a pitch that clearly caused pain. He was diagnosed with a possible lat strain and will return to New York for that MRI. The way things work with the Mets, you know that “possible” is really “definite,” and that “strain” will be something far, far worse.
Jay Bruce homered in the third to cut the lead to 5-3, but Rendon got the run back in the bottom of the inning with a solo homer of his own.
The Mets added two runs in the fourth inning on a two-out rally that included an RBI double by reliever Sean Gilmartin to cut the Mets deficit to just a run, 6-5.
But just when it looked like the Mets might actually get back in this thing, the roof caved in in the bottom of the inning. The Nationals plated four runs, including a three-run homer by Rendon.
The Nats added three more runs in the fifth inning on a bases-clearing double by Rendon to make it 13-5.
Over the next couple of innings, the Nats went on to score six more runs to take a 19-5 lead. It was at that point (no outs in the seventh) that Terry Collins threw in the towel and brought in Kevin Plawecki to pitch. He retired the Nats in order in the eighth — all on long fly balls to the outfield. But his luck ran out in the ninth — Bryce Harper led off with a homer on his first pitch to give the Nats 20 runs. Ryan Zimmerman singled and Adam Lind homered. Rendon then hit his third homer of the game to make it 23-5. Plawecki somehow got the next three outs.
Now, if you’ve been doing the math, you already know that Rendon had 10 RBIs on the game. He became the 14th player to ever have 10 or more RBIs in a game (the record is 12). He also went six-for-six. Not a bad day for him.
But it was a bad day for the Mets and Noah Syndergaard. We’ll know soon enough just how bad it truly was.