It was a former Giants prospect that gave San Francisco fits on Wednesday.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler provided seven quality innings on the mound as the Mets (40-48) defeated the Giants (40-50) by a final of 7-2. This completes a series sweep of the Giants, something that the Mets have not done in San Francisco since 1994.
As for Wheeler (W, 3-1), the young 23 year old pitcher was sharp striking out five Giants’ batters while allowing one run on three hits and three walks.
“That’s the best all-around stuff I’ve seen,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He pounded the strike zone and got outs. He has a chance to be very good.”
Wheeler was originally drafted 6th overall in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Giants organization. However, he was traded in July of 2011 to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Carlos Beltran.
“I was drafted by the Giants and obviously wanted to pitch here,” Wheeler said. “I didn’t know how I was going to feel when I got out there. Honestly, I was relaxed.”
As for the offense provided by the Mets lineup, they jumped on Giants starter Matt Cain (L, 5-6) very early. Cain would walk three batters and allowed two hits that would plate three runs. First, Mets second baseman David Murphy singled to center scoring in Eric Young Jr. from 3rd and then later Catcher John Buck hit a two-run single to center to get an early 3-0 lead for New York.
Cain would not make it out of the first inning as he only secured two outs. Bruce Bochy would pull Cain after the Buck single and send in rookie Michael Kickham out of the pen to get the final out and pitch a few innings.
Kickham allowed no hits until the 5th inning. He allowed a two-out single by Mets first baseman Ike Davis which was followed up immediately by a two-run home run by outfielder Marlon Byrd.
The 24 year old pitcher would allow a total of four runs in relief of Cain. The other two were scored in the 6th with pitcher Zack Wheeler hitting an RBI double followed soon by David Murphy hitting an RBI double of his own which scored in Wheeler. Kickham would leave the game following the 6th inning.
That would also be the last of the scoring by the Mets as the Giants tried to cut into seven run lead in the final innings. Giants Shortstop Brandon Crawford would score in Brandon Belt on an RBI single in the 7th. And then in the 9th with the game practically decided, Giants second baseman Tony Abreu would hit a sac fly getting in Belt from 3rd after Belt had hit a triple to deep left.
The Giants end their six game homestand managing to win only one game against the Dodgers last Saturday by a final of 4-2.
They might’ve been able to claim one game from the Mets during that long extra inning game on Monday night. It would go into early Tuesday morning and end in a 4-3 win for the Mets after 16 innings. New York had scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 16th when Brandon Crawford failed to cleanly field a ground ball by Mets pinch hitter Anthony Recker. That allowed Eric Young Jr. to score from 3rd with two outs.
San Francisco also had a chance to take game two of this series until the 8th inning where the Mets would score five runs with most of them coming via a Grand Slam by Marlon Byrd. The Mets would go onto to win by a final of 10-6.
The Giants now travel to San Diego to take on the Padres (41-51) in a four game series. San Francisco’s probables are Madison Bumgarner (9-5), Chad Gaudin (2-1), Tim Lincecum (4-9), and Barry Zito (4-6). San Diego’s probables are Jason Marquis (9-4), Sean O’Sullivan (0-0), Edinson Volquez (6-7), and Eric Stults (7-7).
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Written by Daniel Trucios