Wheeler Shines, But (As Usual) Run Support An Issue in 2-1 Loss

zack wheeler homeDespite the dose of bad news we received today, Zack Wheeler gave us a little hope as he shined in his outing today. Unfortunately, the result was not the desired one.

The Mets struck first when Andrew Brown hit a second inning single right back up the middle and brought around Marlon Byrd to make the score 1-0.

Wheeler was solid through three, but the Phillies got to him in the 4th when an Cody Asche double brought in two runs, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead.

Those were the only runs Wheeler would surrender; his night was over after 6.2, and his final line was a very impressive one:

6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Pedro Feliciano relieved Wheeler, and threw one third scoreless. Rice would enter after Feliciano,  and would get one out himself but surrender two baserunners. Carlos Torres would enter after Rice.

Travis d’Arnaud would then hose down Chase Utley on an attempted stolen base, the first of his career. Torres got the third out, and the threat was over.

d’Arnaud led off with a single in the bottom, but Lee shut down the Amazins and d’Arnaud was the only one to reach base.

Gonzalez Germen tossed a scoreless ninth (I love his quick-pitches), but the Mets went 1-2-3 in the ninth and they were handed their 71st loss of the year, 2-1.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10 when Kyle Kendrick will face Jon Niese.

PS: Keep your heads up guys. The Harvey injury is a tough blow, but Wheeler showed promise and there’s reason for hope. Ya Gotta Believe!