It looks like Zack Wheeler has finally turned the corner. After a mediocre beginning to the season, Wheeler threw a third straight quality start Tuesday, shutting out the Cubs into the seventh inning. He walked away with a no-decision mostly because the Mets could not capitalize on several scoring opportunities. The would eventually lose in the bottom of the ninth.
Matt den Dekker scored a Young Run (patent pending) in the first. He singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Curtis Granderson sacrifice fly as the Mets took an early 1-0 lead.
The Mets left runners on second and third in the second inning. And then in the third they blew a bases loaded, no outs situation. Daniel Murphy led off with a single. After David Wright walked, Granderson hit a hard single to right. Murphy held up for some reason and could only make it to third. But Chris Young grounded into a fielder’s choice with a force play at the plate. Lucas Duda popped out to short and Wilmer Flores hit a rocket up the middle but pitcher Jake Arrieta was able to snag it for the third out.
Zack Wheeler was pulled from the game after issuing a walk with two outs in the seventh inning. Josh Edgin came on to close out the inning.
Wheeler threw 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He walked two and struck out seven. In 19.2 innings over his past three starts, Wheeler has allowed three earned runs on 12 hits, with 23 strikeouts and three walks. He has lowered his ERA from 4.89 to 3.89.
Edgin was back out there for the eighth. Chris Coghlan led off with a homer to center to tie the game at one and end Wheeler’s chance for a win. With one out Vic Black came in. He got the second out but Emilio Bonifacio singled and stole second. Black was able to strand him there.
Scott Rice started the ninth with the score still tied. Anthony Rizzo led off with a single. Starlin Castro hit a hard grounder to third that should have been a double play. But Wright bobbled it and could only get the out at first. Rice got the second out but Nate Schierholtz drilled a shot to right to end the game.
Mets lose 2-1.