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Sunday, May 08, 2022 at 10:15 pm

The Syracuse Mets beat Lehigh Valley 11-4 on Mother’s Day

Sometimes a baseball team needs great pitching to get a win. Other times, they have to lean on the bats. But for the Syracuse Mets on Mother’s Day, they were spoiled for riches. Sixteen strikeouts and 15 hits led them to an 11-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Manager Kevin Boles said the offensive explosion was a nice change of pace.

“It’s nice to see some momentum,” Boles said. “We’ve had a hard time creating momentum, and to see that we could hit sustained at bats time and time again during that inning is crucial and guys need to remember that and what it feels like. And we put the ball in play. That’s the biggest thing too. The last two nights we’ve had 15, 11 strikeouts. But today I thought we put the ball in play a lot more.”

But what’s great offense without great pitching, and David Peterson had himself a gem. The Arcadia, California man threw five scoreless innings with eight stakeouts. It looked like the best performance of his young season.

“We’ve had a hard time stopping their offense, and Peterson did a nice job,” Boles said. “It’s funny too because he pitched five scoreless and was pretty critical of himself. But that’s him, he’s a perfectionist, he wants to do well.”

Mets catcher Nick Dini also had himself a career day at the plate. Three for three with two homers and three RBIs, as well has a walk to make it four for four on base.

“Dini was terrific hitting the two home runs,” Boles said. “He shaved, so all of a sudden he gets rid of the beard, and he hits two home runs.”

Syracuse takes tomorrow off but they hit the road to Scranton on Tuesday to start a six-game series against the Rail Riders.