Syracuse, NY – Behind a phenomenal outing from its pitching staff, the Syracuse Mets in their black jerseys shut out the Buffalo Bisons, winning 3-0 on Saturday night at NBT Bank Stadium while limiting the Bisons to one hit.
Syracuse starting pitcher Adam Oller made his triple A debut last week in Worcester with another scoreless outing on Saturday. The 26-year-old played five innings, not allowing a run and allowing only one hit while walking four and striking out five. Dating from his last two starts with Double-A Binghamton, Oller has delivered 24 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
Syracuse (37-55) scored all of the game’s points in the fourth inning, and they all came via the home run ball. Wilfredo Tovar managed a solo shot with one putout to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Then David Thompson hit back-to-back home runs to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Following Josh Reddick’s strikeout, Cheslor Cuthbert scored three homers in the set for Syracuse with his own homerun, extending Syracuse’s lead to 3-0.
Buffalo (55-36) had the opportunity to bring home a few points at the top of the fifth, but failed to capitalize against Oller. Cullen Large performed a start march. After Christian Colón sank into the choice of a defensive player, Juan Graterol flew away. Nash Knight followed with a march, and Forrest Wall was hit with a pitch to charge the bases. Oller then took out Logan Warmoth at bat for the final exit of the frame as the Bisons left the bases loaded.
Buffalo had another golden opportunity in the seventh, charging in goal without an out. Large walked, then Colón and Graterol were both hit with throws. Franklyn Kilomé then left the bullpen for Syracuse. The right-hander allowed Knight to fly, then struck out Wall and Warmoth at bat to end the inning, taking the Mets out of the frame unscathed and with Syracuse’s 3-0 lead intact.
With the Mets still in the lead, 3-0, early in the ninth, Tom Hackimer came out of the bullpen for Syracuse. He put out Large on three shots to start the frame, but then he walked Colón and hit Graterol to put two runners on Buffalo. After taking out Knight, Hackimer walked with Wall to charge the bases and send the green light to the plate in Warmoth. On a 1-2 pitch, Hackimer struck Warmoth out to end the game and win his fourth stoppage of the season. In seven outings with Syracuse, Hackimer has yet to allow a run or a hit.
Syracuse took the series with victory, and the Mets have now won seven of their last nine series. The Mets will look to stay warm in the series finale on Sunday when right-hander Jesús Reyes takes on Buffalo right-hander Casey Lawrence. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from NBT Bank Stadium.