June 19, 2014: Wheeler Shuts Out Marlins

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Date: June 19, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 1
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Zack Wheeler pitched a three-hitter for the Mets’ first complete-game shutout of the season and a 1-0 win over the Fish.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, David Wright hit a solo home run against Marlins’ starter Andrew Heaney, who was making his major league debut. Heaney retired Eric Campbell on a pop-up to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for the third out and Wheeler set down the side in order in the bottom half. Curtis Granderson drew a walk to open the top of the second. Chris Young went down on strikes and Taylor Teagarden flied out to center fielder Jake Marisnick. Heaney fanned Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Casey McGehee singled to lead off the bottom half. Garrett Jones lined to first baseman Campbell for an unassisted double play. Wheeler then got Marcell Ozuna to ground out to shortstop Tejada and finish off the inning.

Both Wheeler and Heaney pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the sixth. Zack held the Fish to a walk to McGehee and single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, each of which was followed by a double play ground ball. Meanwhile, the Mets got nothing more than a pair of singles by Daniel Murphy in being shut down by Heaney. In the top of the seventh, Granderson got a one-out single against Marlins’ reliever Bryan Morris. Young doubled and Teagarden grounded out to first baseman Jones. Tejada was walked intentionally to load the bases and Wheeler was retired on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman McGehee. Zack set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Morris hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Wheeler then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

Miami reliever Kevin Gregg retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. To begin the bottom half, Wheeler recorded a strikeout of Saltalamacchia that was completed with a throw by catcher Teagarden to Campbell. Hechavarria fouled out to Campbell and a single by pinch-hitter Reed Johnson ensued. Zack then got Rafael Furcal to line out to center fielder Young and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on Wheeler’s three-hit shutout in which only 28 hitters came up to bat against him.