Syndergaard Homers Twice, Pitches Mets Past Dodgers
Noah Syndergaard became just the second pitcher in franchise history to homer twice in the same game, and backed it up with eight solid innings to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Dodgers in L.A. on Wednesday.
Syndergaard accounted for all four Mets runs - first with a solo home run in the third inning, then a 3-run blast in the fifth. He also tossed eight strong, striking out six and allowing two runs on six hits to snap a personal two-game losing streak.
The last pitcher to homer twice in a game was Arizona's Micah Owingings, MetsChronicle.com provides some perspective on the feat:
Walt Terrell was the first Mets pitcher to hit two homers in a game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 6, 1983.
The last major league pitcher to homer twice in a game was Arizona's Micah Owings, who accomplished the feat against Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2007. Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves holds the modern-day big league record for pitchers with three home runs in a game against the Chicago Cubs on May 13, 1942.
The Mets have taken the first 2 of 3 in the series. Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.82), who smacked his first career homer in his last start, gets the ball in the series finale on Thursday night. He's matched up against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.04).
Syndergaard's first career homer came in his rookie season last year, part of a 3-3 day that helped the Mets sweep a series from the Phillies.