Wheeler: Giants' accusations baseless

June, 10, 2014
Jun 10
6:23
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler insisted that suggestions, if not outright accusations, from the San Francisco Giants that he purposely drilled Hunter Pence in the ribs with a pitch Sunday are baseless.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy implied to Bay Area media that Wheeler may have been upset about Pence taking a big swing at a 2-0 pitch immediately preceding the plunking.

“I’d be ticked off too," Bochy said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "He took a healthy cut there and that’s about all I’ll say, and then he gets hit in the ribs. These things happen and they usually take care of themselves.”

Oftentimes, pitchers publicly say they did not hit a batter on purpose to avoid getting fined, then wink off the record afterward. But Wheeler was particularly insistent to ESPNNewYork.com that there was no intent.

The ex-Giants farmhand said he lacked control of his fastball Sunday, when he allowed four runs and required 86 pitches to throw 3 2/3 innings. Wheeler also noted that he would not purposely put the leadoff man on base with none out, as was the case when he hit Pence to open the bottom of the third inning with a 2-1 pitch, immediately after the big swing. Pence ended up scoring.

The Mets and Giants play at Citi Field from Aug. 1-4. Stay tuned.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187