Sunday in A-Ball: Noah Syndergaard’s First Start; Rainy Lara Strong in Rome

A+: St. Lucie Mets 1, @ Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 0

Noah Syndergaard’s first start as a Met was nice, if short: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He induced five groundouts and two flyouts.

C Cam Maron doubled home Aderlin Rodrguez in the second inning to plate the game’s only run. Rodriguez played thirdbase for the first time in 2013, as Rylan Sandoval flipped across the diamond to play first.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats 4, @ Rome Braves (ATL) 0

 
Lara Gnats HeadRHP Rainy Lara’s 2013 debut was awfully nice: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. The 22-year old is a long 6’4″. Apparently, he topped out at 93 last year and he’s always thrown strikes. I’m eager to see him myself this year.

Offensively, the top three hitters in the Gnats’ order – CF Brandon Nimmo, SS Philip Evans and 1B Jayce Boyd, combined on nine of the Gnats’ 12 hits.

Nimmo was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s hit safely in all four Gnats’ games and his 8-for-17 (.471/.526/.647) with two extra base hits, two walks, a stolen base and three strikeouts. For what it’s worth, Nimmo, who just turned 20 in March, had three hits or more four times in 69 games in Brooklyn and did not pick up his first such game until the 24th game of the year.

Evans was 3-for-5, his first three-hit game of the year.

The 22-year old Boyd has also hit safely in all four games, going 8-for-14 with three doubles (.571/.667/.786).

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