AA Wednesday: Puello Goes Yard Again. Syndergaard Struggles

AA: Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) 6, @ Binghamton Mets 5

Good Things
Syndergaard Stl HeadRF Cesar Puello: 1-for-2, HR (16), BB, HBP, K, SB (21). The 22-year old is up to .332/.398/.570 with 16 doubles, 16 homers and a 70/19 K/BB ratio in 86 games.

The B-Mets turned a triple play behind Syndergaard in third. With runners at first and second, and going on the pitch, SS Wilfredo Tovar caught a liner, threw to Justin Turner at second to double off a runner and then Turner made it three by tagging the runner coming from first.

The rehabbing Turner was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles while playing second base.

Hard-throwing RHP reliever Jeff Walters fanned all three batters he saw in the ninth. He owns a 43/12 K/BB ratio in 39 innings this year in AA.

Noah Syndergaard did not have his good fastball, or more importantly, his good location. His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. The Binghamton radio broadcast thought that, based on the stadium radar gun, all of his pitches were a mile or two off from normal. Instead of reaching back for 96, he was sitting at 94 all day. Also, as Syndergaard told Lynn Worthy after the game, “I didn’t really have a lot of idea where my fastball was going.” Hey, he’s 20 in AA. He’ll learn.

Syndergaard threw an inning in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, so he was running on two day’s rest

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