The Syracuse Mets won their final road game of the 2021 season with a 5-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. After starting the season series 1-12 against the RailRiders, the Mets went 10-5 in their last 15 games against the RailRiders in 2021, including winning three of five games in this final series.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (70-52) scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a solo home run over the right-field wall to give the RailRiders a 1-0 lead. The homer was Cabrera’s third long ball in five Triple-A games with the RailRiders.
That run was the only one allowed by Syracuse starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff. The 31-year-old pitched five innings, allowed four hits, one run, and struck out six batters. Eickhoff was the winning pitcher and now has a 9-2 record on the mound for Syracuse in 2021.
Syracuse (50-71-1) tied the game in the top of the second. Chance Sisco led off with a walk, and Cheslor Cuthbert singled to put runners at first and second base. Drew Jackson then bunted into a fielder’s choice where Sisco advanced to third and Jackson was safe at first, but Cuthbert was out at second base. Mason Williams followed with a groundout to second base, but Sisco scored from third base on the play to knot the game up, 1-1.
The Mets took the lead in the third. With one out, Mark Vientos singled. Khalil Lee followed with a double to the wall in right-center field that scored Vientos to give the Mets a 2-1 advantage.
Syracuse extended its edge in the fifth. With one out, Travis Blankenhorn singled, and Vientos walked, putting runners at first and second base. Two batters later, with two outs, Brandon Drury launched a three-run home run over the left-field wall to give Syracuse a four-run lead, 5-1.
The Mets’ bullpen shut down the RailRiders. Jesús Reyes pitched three scoreless innings, and Yeizo Campos pitched a scoreless ninth as Syracuse beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5-1, to win the five-game series, three games to two.
Syracuse is off on Monday and Tuesday before returning to the field at NBT Bank Stadium on Wednesday evening for the final series of the 2021 season. The Mets begin a five-game series against the Buffalo Bisons with first pitch on Wednesday scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in Syracuse.