Today in good sportsmanship

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Mets rookie pitcher Noah Syndergaard hit Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez in the helmet with a fastball during Sunday afternoon’s game. Gomez was on the ground and was attended to by the team trainers before eventually being escorted off.

The Mets wound up winning 5-1. Syndergaard picked up his first major league win, allowing just one run in six innings on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Speaking to the media after the game, Syndergaard was very pensive about the scary moment he created for Gomez. Via ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

“I just want to start by saying I hope Gomez is OK,” Syndergaard said. “I hope he doesn’t miss any playing time right there. I just tried to go in on a pitch and just lost control of it.”

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“That never really happened to me before, so it kind of rattled me a little bit,” Syndergaard said about beaning Gomez. “It made me a little bit more timid to go inside to hitters. If that hadn’t happened, I probably would have been inside to Braun quite a bit as opposed to just throwing him away. But I felt like I bounced back pretty good.”

Syndergaard also apologized publicly to Gomez on Twitter. Gomez replied back in good spirits and the two appear to be on very good terms. Considering some ugly situations we’ve seen previously this season, mostly involving the Royals, it’s nice to see players take the good sportsmanship route.