July 18, 2019

Zack Wheeler, With His Bat and Arm, Carries the Mets Over the Phillies

Zack Wheeler, With His Bat and Arm, Carries the Mets Over the Phillies


Zack Wheeler hit his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as the Mets handed the Philadelphia Phillies their fifth loss in six games, 9-0, on Tuesday night.

The only spirit the Phillies showed came in the ninth when two fastballs by Mets reliever Jacob Rhame sailed over Rhys Hoskins’s head. The benches started to clear after the first time, and Hoskins angrily slung his bat after the next one, which was ball four.

Wheeler also doubled and drove in three runs and Todd Frazier connected for a grand slam that made the score 8-0 in the fifth.

Bryce Harper was hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice. The Phillies star had an uneventful night a day after his wild rant at an umpire that has Major League Baseball looking at whether he should be penalized.

Wheeler put on a power display with his bat and arm, becoming the majors’ first 100-100 player this season — he hit and pitched a ball at least 100 miles per hour, according to Statcast.

In his 100th career start, Wheeler struck out seven straight in the early innings and gave himself a cushion at the plate.

A career .129 hitter, Wheeler lined a two-run double in the second off Zach Eflin. The next time up, Wheeler did even better, launching a drive over the wall in left-center.

Wheeler kept up a longball show by Mets pitchers. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom also have gone deep this year, making the Mets the first National League team in more than 110 years to have three pitchers homer in the first 25 games of a season.



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