New York Mets: Blake Treinen

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Nats 1

August, 5, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- To say Zack Wheeler walked a tightrope would be an understatement. Regardless, he ended up barely scathed on the scoreboard … and a winner.

Wheeler faced a pair of baserunners aboard and none out in four of the seven innings he worked and had high early pitch counts (46 through two innings, 65 through three innings). Yet he somehow managed to limit Washington to one run in 6 2/3 innings as the Mets produced a 6-1 win against the first-place Nationals on Tuesday night.

The Amazin's won for only the second time in their last dozen games against the Nats. With 49 games remaining, the Mets (54-59) now trail Washington by seven games.

Wheeler issued three walks and a wild pitch in a rocky second inning, but limited the damage to one run in that frame.


Joy R. Absalon/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday against Washington.


He has now made seven straight starts in which he has limited his opponent to two runs or fewer while logging at least six innings in each appearance. That’s the longest single-season streak by a Mets pitcher since Masato Yoshii went eight straight outings in 1999 allowing two or fewer runs while completing at least six innings in each.

Wheeler's final line in a 109-pitch outing: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K.

Thanks! A pair of Nats plays on the bases helped Wheeler improve to 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his past seven starts.

A half-inning after the Mets took a 2-0 lead on Wheeler’s two-out bloop single in front of sliding right fielder Jayson Werth, Wheeler loaded the bases with three walks in the second. With No. 8 hitter Jose Lobaton batting, Wheeler then uncorked a wild pitch that got the Nats on the scoreboard and advanced Ian Desmond to third base and Asdrubal Cabrera to second base.

Lobaton then hit what should have been a run-scoring groundout to shortstop. However, the grounder struck Cabrera as he was running to third base. He was ruled out. And Desmond, who was racing home, was forced to return to third base on the dead ball. Wheeler ultimately stranded Desmond there. He ended the 33-pitch inning by coaxing a flyout from opposing pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

Still clinging to that 2-1 lead in the sixth, Wheeler surrendered a leadoff double to Werth. Adam LaRoche then singled to left field, and Nats third-base coach Bob Henley waved home Werth. Making only his second major league start in left field, natural infielder Eric Campbell threw out Werth for his second career outfield assist. A replay review initiated by the crew confirmed Travis d'Arnaud had not improperly blocked the plate.

Campbell also had an outfield assist May 22 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That happened to be Campbell’s only other major league start in left field. That time, Yasiel Puig was doubled off second base on Hanley Ramirez's lineout.

Adding on: The Mets finally got some breathing room in the seventh.

After Gonzalez departed with a pair of Mets on base and none out, Wheeler laid down a sacrifice bunt against Drew Storen. Juan Lagares was drilled with a pitch in the left arm to load the bases. And Daniel Murphy followed with a two-run single passed Cabrera’s backhand at second base as the Mets took a 4-1 lead. Lucas Duda added an RBI single later in the frame.

Had the recently acquired Cabrera been able to field Murphy’s grounder on the arguably makeable play, the Nats may have escaped with an inning-ending double play, still only trailing by a run.

Ouch: Lagares received an escort off the field from trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins after appearing to twist his left ankle -- and possibly landing on an arm -- on an inning-ending catch in the seventh that stranded a runner at third base. Lagares remained in the game.

Audition flop: Getting a rare start against a left-hander, Duda went 0-for-3 against Gonzalez with two groundouts.

Welcome back: In his return to the majors, Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth against Blake Treinen that staked the Mets to a 6-1 lead.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (5-7, 3.24 ERA) opposes right-hander Doug Fister (10-3, 2.68) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Minors 5.3.13: Syndergaard solid in loss

May, 4, 2013
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SACRAMENTO 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Bruce Billings, Hideki Okajima and Dan Otero combined on a three-hit shutout of the 51s. Chris Schwinden took a scoreless effort into the fifth but ultimately was charged with two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five in five innings. Box

HARRISBURG 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets stranded the tying run on base in the ninth inning and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the final two innings. One out

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shy of suffering their third shutout loss of the season, the B-Mets cracked the scoreboard when Cesar Puello blasted a 1-1 offering from Ian Krol over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Krol then walked Francisco Pena and hit Wilfredo Tovar with an 0-2 pitch to put the tying run on base. Aaron Barrett entered and struck out pinch-hitter Joe Bonfe to end the game and earn his fifth save. Harrisburg starter Blake Treinen (3-3) tossed seven scoreless innings. Harrisburg greeted B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom rudely in the first with four consecutive hits. Brian Goodwin produced his league-leading fifth triple. Josh Johnson brought him home with an infield single. Jerad Head followed with another single and Justin Bloxom gave Harrisburg a 3-0 lead with a two-run double. DeGrom (0-3) did cap his fourth start as a B-Met with five additional scoreless frames. After Treinen’s departure, the B-Mets nearly got on the board in the eighth against reliever Neil Holland. Danny Muno led off by shooting a pinch-hit double down the right-field line. He was stranded at second when Holland retired the next three batters. For Binghamton, Chase Huchingson fanned two in a perfect seventh and Jack Leathersich struck out the side in the eighth. Box

FORT MYERS 6, ST. LUCIE 0: Kennys Vargas had a two-out, tiebreaking single to right-center to score Miguel Sano in the sixth inning off Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. The

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Miracle pulled away with a five-run seventh against relievers Pedro Feliciano and Chasen Bradford. Syndergaard suffered his first loss as a member of the organization. He allowed one run and eight hits while walking two and striking out five over six innings. Feliciano, working on back-to-back days for the first time with the Florida State League club, surrendered consecutive singles upon entering. He ultimately recorded two outs -- both sacrifice flies -- and was charged with three runs (one earned) on two hits. Third baseman Rylan Sandoval had a throwing error. Bradford allowed three hits and two runs and recorded the final out of the seventh. Wanel Mesa tossed a scoreless eighth. The Mets produced only six hits. Box

KANNAPOLIS 1, SAVANNAH 0 (suspended): The game, suspended after three full innings, will resume May 30 in Kannapolis. Steven Matz surrendered one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four in three innings. Box

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TEAM LEADERS

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