--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Roscelle Griffin
Tim Tebow and the Syracuse Mets out-played the Louisville Bats Wednesday afternoon.
Behind a nine-hit attack, the top farm club of the New York Mets defeated Louisville’s oldest active professional sports team 6-1. The Bats did hold the Heisman Award-winning left-fielder to just one walk and run.
Keury Mella only threw 70 pitches in three innings, and gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. All runs were earned. Mella was able to strike out three. Mella lost the game, and now holds a record of 1-3.
All three of Mella’s runs were allowed in the third inning. Dominic Smith recorded his first double of the year, in ground-rule fashion, to right field. Pitcher Hector Santiago scored. Then, Smith and Gregor Blanco trotted home on a ground-ball RBI single from Danny Espinosa.
Bats newcomer Narciso Crook, who made his Triple-A debut yesterday, recorded his first RBI of 2019 in the fifth inning. He doubled on an 0-1 count to Tebow in left. Luis Gonzalez was the scoring runner.
Espinosa hit home run No. 4 in the top of the sixth.
Tebow walked in the eighth inning. He scored his first run in the ‘Ville when Travis Taijeron homered on a 2-1 count to left field.
Santiago received the win. The Mets starter went six innings, and gave up just one run on three hits and two walks. He struck out four Bats. His record is now 2-1.
The Bats look to win the series Thursday, May 9th. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (1-3, 9.00 ERA) toes the rubber against RBP Casey Coleman (0-2, 3.13). First pitch is set for 7pm. It is Tebow’s last appearance in Louisville this season.