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March 31, 2024 – International League (IL)
Syracuse Mets News Release

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Mets dropped the game and the series on Sunday afternoon, losing to the Rochester Red Wings, 7-2. on a sunny Easter Sunday at NBT Bank Stadium. The Mets lost the final two games in the three-game series after winning on Friday afternoon.

Mike Vasil, one of the top pitching prospects in the New York Mets minor-league system, made his first start of the 2024 regular season on Sunday afternoon. Rochester (2-1) greeted Vasil rudely, jumping on him with three runs exactly four batters into the ballgame. After Jacob Young grounded out to start the inning, James Wood and Juan Yepez singled to put two runners on base with one out. The next batter, Travis Blankenhorn, smacked a three-run homer over the right-field fence to make it a 3-0 lead for the Red Wings in a blink of an eye. Blankenhorn is a very familiar face to upstate New York baseball fans. He’s in his second season playing for Rochester after spending the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the Syracuse Mets.

Syracuse (1-2) got a run right back in the bottom of the first when Luisangel Acuña singled with one out, moved to second on a Jiman Choi walk and scored on a sharp Mark Vientos single into centerfield. The RBI single continued a strong start to the season for Vientos. He also doubled, homered, and reached base three times in Saturday afternoon’s game.

Rochester chased Vasil from the game with two more runs in the top of the third. Blankenhorn singled leading off the inning, stealing his way to second and then staying put as Alex Call walked to put two runners on base with nobody out. A fielder’s choice groundout from Jake Alu put baserunners on first and third with one out, and then an unforced error from Vasil handed the Red Wings a run. Jack Dunn bunted a pitch right back to the mound that appeared like it could provide an inning-ending double play for the Mets, but Vasil threw errantly into center field on an attempted throw to second base. The poor throw skittered into the outfield, allowing Blankenhorn to prance all the way home and make it 4-1.

Vasil was pulled from the game, with the new reliever, Josh Walker, inducing a groundout from Brady Lindsly that produced the fifth run of the game for Rochester and the final run of a two-run third inning. Vasil’s final line was five runs allowed (all earned) on four hits in two and one-thirds innings pitched. The ultimate problem for Vasil on this chilly Easter…

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