Last week, Syracuse lost five of seven and struggled to find a winning formula. When the pitching was there, the offense wasn’t, and then when the bats were alive, it struggled from the mound.
Entering the week in a bit of a slump, the Mets looked to improve one step at a time, and though there were moments where the team looked to be making strides, things didn’t go as well as fans had hoped, especially towards the middle of the week, when they rounded out the series against Rochester with three straight losses Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Throughout the mid-week lull, Syracuse was outscored 24-5 by Rochester, including Thursday’s 9-0 loss where seemingly nothing went right. However, the storyline in that one wasn’t too far off from what had happened on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, for that matter.
In Saturday’s 3-1 road loss to the RailRiders, the Mets received a quality outing from Walker Lockett. While it wasn’t the best outing Lockett will have, he did put his team in position to win the contest, as he went seven innings and gave up just three runs.
However, the offense struggled to convert runners into runs. Syracuse matched Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s eight hits, but left runners in scoring position on a couple of occasions. All in all, it left seven men on base and was 1-for-8 with RISP.
Earlier in the week, against Rochester, it was a similar situation. Tuesday night, the Mets executed 11 hits, but didn’t have any for extra bases. On top of that, Rochester countered with 14 hits of its own.
In that 9-3 loss, the top of the seventh inning changed the game. Syracuse headed into the inning looking to shut Rochester down after giving up the lead in the sixth, when Rochester scored two runs to gain the 3-2 advantage. However, the sixth inning struggles for Chris Mazza was enough to make manager Tony DeFrancesco turn to his bullpen, and that’s when things unraveled for the Mets.
Sooner rather than later, Rochester posted a six spot in the seventh and the game became increasingly reminiscent of how Syracuse has struggled to find quality pitching out of the bullpen all season.