Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day Game: Wheeler gets the run support, wins his 4th of the season

Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke | Newsday

The Mets went 4/19 with runners in scoring position.  They left 14 on base.  Zack Wheeler gave up two home runs and allowed 4 runs, three of which were earned.

And yet, they won.

A bottom 6th rally, aided by a generous call by the umpire crew that gave David Wright three bases instead of a ground-rule double, helped to propel the Mets over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, earning Zack Wheeler his fourth win of the season.

It wasn't the prettiest game, but Wheeler got run support when he needed it the most, helping to overcome a 1st inning error that allowed Reed Johnson to score off a wild throw on a strikeout.  Then after giving up a game-tying homerun to Freddie Freeman in the 6th inning, the Mets responded with 3 in the bottom 6th.

Wheeler went 6 innings, striking out 5 while giving up 4 hits.  His ability to make it to the 6th inning after pitching over 30 pitches in the 1st inning helped preserve the bullpen for the Mets, who face a day-night doubleheader tomorrow in Washington.

Not Young: Eric Young left the game in the 4th inning, with pain in his right knee.  The injury stems from last night's collision that sent Tim Hudson to the disabled list for the remainder of the season.  The Mets are optimistic that Young will be back in the lineup in time for tomorrow's nightcap.

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