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Alvarez home run, Buffalo beat Syracuse 15-8 Marathon night at NBT Bank Stadium

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Syracuse, New York – The Syracuse Mets dropped the opener of a six-game series against the Buffalo Bisons in a 15-8 final at NBT Bank Stadium on Tuesday night. It’s going to be a long night at the ballpark for everyone involved. Weather delayed the match by an hour and a half, followed by a contest that lasted nearly three and a half hours. The final out of the game was recorded at 11:31 pm local time. By the end of the game, the two teams combined for 23 runs, 27 hits, 3 errors and 15 total pitchers.

After a delay, when the game finally started, the Buffaloes (70-64) quickly got to work. The Bisons scored five times in the top of the first, highlighted by Rafael Lantigua’s two-run double and Nathan Rooks’ two-run single, to give them a large lead. Buffalo scored five runs on four hits and three walks, sending a total of ten men to the plate in the frame.

Tylor Megill was getting off to a rehab start for Syracuse (56-80), but was made rough by being charged with all five runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. Drew Smith, another rehabbing New York Met, then entered the game to calm the situation. He allowed no earned runs in his work innings, surrendering only one hit and one walk while striking out two batters.

In the bottom of the second, the Mets fought back furiously to tie the score at five. They sent their own nine men to the plate in the inning and combined five hits and bases, an RBI groundout, a sacrifice fly and two errors to score five runs that tied the game. The scoring barrage started with JT Riddle’s RBI double and ended with a home run by Francisco He Alvarez’s solo moonshot in a 5-5 tie. Alvarez, widely considered his league baseball frontrunner in the minors, currently has his seven home runs in his 34 games in Triple-A.

From there it was all bison. They unleashed a tidal wave of scoring and pulled away perfectly. Buffalo scored the next ten runs in the game, scoring three runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and four final runs in the seventh. By the end of the night, they finished with 15 runs on 14 hits, giving them a commanding victory in the series opener.

A certain few players put Buffalo in the spotlight on a very aggressive night. Davis Schneider reached four, scored four runs and drove in two. LJ Talley said he had 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs scored and 5 his runs. Nathan Lukes finished the game with his 3-for-4 and scored 3 runs. In fact, four different Buffalo players in his game (Otto Lopez, Spencer Horwitz, Schneider, Talley) scored at least two runs in a game. All of the Bisons starters have had him on base at least once, and his seven of the nine starters have hit.

Syracuse scored the final three runs on a three-run homer from Dominic Smith in the bottom of the seventh. Smith finished the night 3-for-4 at the plate, reaching base a total of four times with another walk in the ninth. Despite the loss, the Mets had plenty of great news to share at bat. All but one starter made it to base at least once. Even his one player who failed to get on base, Michael Perez, was able to drive a run through an RBI groundout. Seven different players scored. His eight different players hit, including his three in multi-hit games. In addition to his three-hit night for Smith, Jake Mangum doubled, RBI, and scored in his 3-for-4. Alvarez also went 2-for-5 and singled in the ninth inning.

Syracuse will continue its final six-game home series of the season against the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday night. The second game of the series is scheduled to be pitched at 6:35 PM on Tuesday evening. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer is expected to get the Mets’ start in rehab.