Zack Wheeler had another great start, but the Mets’ bats were silent against Andrew Suarez and the Giants’ bullpen, thus Wheeler’s winning streak was snapped in San Francisco, thus his. Until the seventh, the Mets had just one baserunner—a hustle double by Jeff McNeil in the first.
The Mets’ best opportunity to score came in the seventh when McNeil was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Austin Jackson then blooped a single to put two men on with nobody out. Wilmer Flores advanced McNeil to third on a deep fly ball to right center, but Jay Bruce promptly grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Wheeler did his job to keep the Giants scoreless until the seventh, racking up eight strikeouts. But the Giants were able to scratch out one run against him in the seventh. Brandon Belt led off the inning with a double, moved over to third on a groundout to short, and then Chris Shaw—in his first major league game—drove Belt in with a sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the game.
Unfortunately, the Mets’ bullpen was far less effective than Wheeler and the Giants broke through with a six run eighth inning against three different Mets’ relievers—Robert Gsellman, Daniel Zamora, and Drew Smith. The Giants batted around and rookie Aramis Garcia got to drive in two runs in the same inning—the first of the two on a home run.
Tony Watson and Ty Blach each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Suarez to cement the shutout. The Mets managed just three hits on the night.
Full recap to follow.
GameThread Roll Call
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- AnneInFlushing: 26
- NateW: 20