Jul 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT

7/10 Game Recap: Mets Crush Giants 7-2, Sweep Series


This afternoon in San Francisco, the Mets wrapped up their three game series with the Giants.

The Mets wasted no time, jumping on Giants starter Matt Cain in the first inning and knocking him out before the frame was complete.  It was the shortest outing of Cain’s career.  The Mets’ first run came in on an RBI single by Daniel Murphy.  After Cain recorded the second out, he loaded the bases to bring up John Buck.  Buck promptly singled to drive in Murphy and Ike Davis to make it 3-0 Mets and send Cain to the showers.

After being given an early lead, Zack Wheeler came out in the first inning against the team that traded him away.  From the first pitch on, he looked like a different pitcher than the one we’ve seen over his first four career starts.  Wheeler zipped first pitch strikes to every hitter in a perfect first, and his day took off from there.

The Mets added to their lead in the fifth, when Marlon Byrd launched a two run homer to center.  That made it 5-0.  In the sixth, the Mets plated two more runs on three doubles.  One from John Buck, another from Wheeler (a rope that went over center fielder Gregor Blanco‘s head, and one from Daniel Murphy.  That extended the Mets’ lead to 7-0.

The Giants got on the board in the seventh, when Brandon Crawford stroked an RBI single to center to make it 7-1 Mets, and scratched out a run in the ninth to close within 7-2.  That was all the Giants had in them, though, as the Mets completed the sweep of the reeling defending World Series champs.

The Mets are 16-9 over their last 25 games, and are starting to claw their way toward the .500 mark.  They’re 40-48, the closest they’ve been to .500 since May 31st.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and turned in his best performance since being called up.  In 7 innings, Wheeler gave up 1 run on 3 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 5, while lowering his ERA to 3.54 and improving his record to 3-1.
  • Marlon Byrd blasted a 2 run homer in the 5th, his 15th of the season.
  • David Wright went 1 for 4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Ike Davis went 1 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored.
  • Josh Edgin, who’s been very solid since being recalled from AAA, hurled a scoreless 8th inning.

Thoughts:

Zack Wheeler was tremendous today.  He was in control from the start, and looked as relaxed as he has since being called up in mid-June.  In his seven innings of one run ball, he threw 101 pitches (64 that went for strikes).  He was able to locate his fastball much better than he has recently, and featured a knee buckling curve.  This afternoon’s start by Wheeler was a welcome sight for Mets fans, and was likely very sweet for Wheeler, who was pitching against the team that traded him away two years ago.

Next Up:

The Mets are off tomorrow.  They open up a three game, first half closing series in Pittsburgh on Friday night at 7:05.  Jeremy Hefner gets the start for New York.  He’ll be opposed by Charlie Morton.

 

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