Syracuse, New York State – The Syracuse Mets lost their third straight game to the Buffalo Bisons, losing 12-1 Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium. With the win, Buffalo drops to 7-1 in The Triple-A Final Strech while Syracuse drops to 3-5.
Buffalo (78-47) hit first early in the first inning. Mallex Smith made a start march, then Otto Lopez flew away. After Kevin Smith’s strikeout, Gregory Polanco hit a single with a putout to move Smith to third base. Tyler White then hit a single run, scoring Smith to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.
Buffalo extended their lead early in the third when Mallex Smith hit a home run to make it 2-0 for the Bisons.
In the top of the fourth, Cullen Large walked on a teeing ground for Buffalo. After the release of Christian Colón, Juan Graterol chose. Logan Warmoth followed with a march to charge the bases. Then Smith delivered again, this time with a two-run single to extend the Bisons lead to 4-0. Then Lopez hit a sacrifice fly to bring Warmoth home and make it 5-0.
Buffalo added three more runs in the fifth, starting with a solo homerun in front of Polanco to go 6-0. After White was knocked out, Large was hit by a pitch from Syracuse starting pitcher Zack Godley. Then Godley also hit Colón with a pitch to put the runners on first and second. Tom Hackimer then left the Syracuse enclosure to replace Godley. Hackimer accompanied Graterol to load the bases with an exit. Warmoth then hit a two-run single to bring the score to 8-0 Bisons.
Buffalo had another three points, this time in the eighth. Smith walked on a walk and then Polanco hit a fielder’s pick as Smith was struck out at second. White followed with a walk to put the runners in first and second place. After Knight flew away, Colón scored a one-point brace to score Polanco and increase the lead to 9-0. Then Graterol hit a two-run single to take the lead to 11-0.
Syracuse (50-74-1) finally entered the table at the end of the eighth. Khalil Lee and Brandon Drury both led the round with singles. Cheslor Cuthbert then flew to right field, allowing Lee to move up to third. David Thompson followed and hit a pop-up into shallow center field, where Buffalo second baseman Nash Knight backed up and didn’t catch the ball when the ball fell, and Lee came home to score for 11-1 with Buffalo still ahead. Drury was sent off in second place on the game for the choice of a defensive player.
At the top of the ninth, Lopez hit a single with an out, then Smith walked. Polanco followed with a single to score Lopez and extend Buffalo’s lead to eleven, 12-1.
The Mets and Bisons return to NBT Bank Stadium on Saturday for the fourth game of the series and the penultimate game of the 2021 season. Syracuse right-hander Vance Worley faces Buffalo left-hander Zach Logue. The first pitch is set at 6:35 p.m.