Wheeler’s Early Struggles Lead to 5-2 Bisons Defeat
In an early afternoon game of their series versus Lehigh Valley, Zack Wheeler struggled for the first time in his three starts in Buffalo allowing five early runs in five innings. The four runs scored in the second and the one run in the 4th off Wheeler led to a defeat for Buffalo 5-2 as the runs were too much for the Bisons offense.
In his third start for Buffalo, and second at home, Zack Wheeler struggled early on in the game and only completed five innings. In his five innings of work, Wheeler allowed eight hits, five earned runs, no walks, and five strikeouts. Zack Wheeler has pitched brilliantly over his first full season in the Mets system with over a strikeout an inning average, but is getting close to his inning limit on the season before he is shut down. Justin Hampson relieved Wheeler completing two innings, allowing one hit and two strike outs and Garrett Olson threw two innings of his own, allowing one hit and one strike out.
The Bisons’ hitting struggled again going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Brad Emaus and Zach Lutz had the only multiple hit games: Emaus 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored and Lutz 2-for-4. Fred Lewis contributed the other extra-base hit with a double and Lucas Duda and Lucas May had the only RBIs for Bisons.
Herd Rumblings: Right hander Jenrry Mejia (2-2 2.90 ERA) is expected to pitch the series finale for the Bisons versus Lehigh Valley on Friday night at 7:05pm. Mejia has pitched great since his return to the Bisons rotation after pitching very poorly following a conversion to a reliever in order to possibly help the Mets. In his six starts, Mejia has thrown 28.1 innings, allowing only three earned runs, 21 hits, and 14 strike outs with a 0.96 ERA. As a reliever, Mejia threw 21.1 innings, 13 ER, 27 hits, and 10 strike outs with a 5.55 ERA….. Buffalo Players of the Month for July were: Pitching- Collin McHugh, Hitting- Zach Lutz, and Defense- Matt Den Dekker….. Following a month where Lutz hit .339 in 19 games of July with five home runs and 11 RBI, August has been a tough month for him prior to today’s game. In 14 games Lutz is hitting .244 with zero home runs and five RBI with six walks and 14 strike outs.
About the Author: Nick Campione
I grew up in a family of Mets fans with my uncle and grandfather as die-hard fans. My traditions run deep as i was born almost exactly a year after the 1986 World Series victory and my parents were married during the World Series. I pride myself on being a huge fan of both the major and minor league side of the Mets, and I follow all the players from the draft and all through the minors.
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