Syracuse Mets top Rochester in season-opener

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The cold temperatures at NBT Bank Stadium did not stop the Syracuse Mets batters as they scored six runs to beat the Rochester Red Wings, 6-3.

Despite the temperature hanging around the 30s with 15+ mile per hour wind, the Mets got the scoring started early in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Austin Allen after the bases had been loaded thanks to two walks and a single by former MLB All-Star Jose Iglesias.

That was followed by a fielding error from Rochester on a ground ball hit by Luisangel Acuna, brother of Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna and the No. 3 prospect in the New York Mets system, as the Mets took a 3-0 lead into the third inning.

Iglesias then added another run to the Mets’ lead in the third inning with an RBI single.

The ball then started to fly out of the park in the fourth inning as Drew Gilbert, the second-ranked prospect in New York’s system, and Acuna hit back-to-back home runs, which gave the Mets a 6-1 lead and set them on the path to an Opening Day win.

The Mets were not the only attraction at the park either, as the Syracuse women’s basketball team made an appearance following their NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Mets will continue their season on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, with two more home games against Rochester.

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