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Zack Wheeler sets career-high with 12 strikeouts as Mets win

Aug 16, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

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Mets rookie starter Zack Wheeler was on point tonight against the Padres, holding them to one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He eclipsed his previous career-best seven strikeouts, set in his Major League debut on June 18 against the Braves, getting number eight with a fourth-inning punch-out of Jedd Gyorko. He finished with 12 on the night, the 36th 12-strikeout or better game this season. Wheeler lowered his ERA to 3.43 in the effort.

The game was locked at 1-1 through seven innings. In the top of the eighth with two outs, Mike Baxter stole second base after being hit by a Luke Gregerson slider. Rather than pitch to the left-handed Daniel Murphy, Padres manager Bud Black opted to intentionally walk him to face Marlon Byrd. Byrd promptly made the Padres pay, driving a 1-1 cutter over right fielder Chris Denorfia‘s head for a two-run double, putting the Mets up 3-1.

Reliever Gonzalez Germen pitched a scoreless eighth, dancing out of some two-out trouble. John Buck added some insurance with a solo home run to left in the top of the ninth. Without LaTroy Hawkins, the Mets asked German to come back out for another inning. The right-hander promptly retired the side in short order for a 4-1 Mets victory, notching the first save of his career and becoming the fifth different Met to record a save on the season.

  1. misterj167 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Kid is good, Mets have some great young pitching

  2. ezthinking - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Must have missed Tyson Ross’ performance in the same game:

    7.0IP 5H 1ER 0BB 8K

    He didn’t get the win or loss either.

    • dondada10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Yeah that’s clearly as good as Wheeler.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Not as good as Wheeler, but the article does have a short recap of the game, and I think Ross’ performance is worth a mention. He has pitched well of late.

      • dondada10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Now that I’ve smoked my medicine I realize that. My apologies.

        Women issues…

  3. socalskinsfan21 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    @misterj don’t get ahead of yourself, padres lineup makes every pitcher look like nolan ryan

    • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      A 12-strikeout performance is an impressive achievement against any MLB team. And Wheeler has shown promise in more than just this start.

    • chew1985 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Yes, but at least he did not walk 8 and throw 150 pitches like Ryan specialized in doing.

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  5. nghtrder169 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I give the Mets front office credit… The last few years have been hard, but their top end young SP is gonna be serious… They just need some young top hitting prospects and they will be the east coast version of SF

  6. bigmeechy74 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Do you think the Giants are glad they traded him?

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