June 30, 2013: Wheeler's Citi Field Debut
|Date: June 30, 2013|
|Mets starter: Zack Wheeler|
|Winning pitcher: Gio Gonzalez|
|Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Gio Gonzalez|
|Key play: Gonzalez's solid performance, National's offensive outburst|
After winning his major league start versus the Braves on June 18, Met pitcher Zack Wheeler was hoping his home debut would have a similar outcome. However, the Nationals rocked him for five runs on six hits in just 4 1/3 innings and scored eight more runs in the last two innings versus the Met bullpen, cruising to a 13-2 rout.
Gio Gonzalez took the start for Washington and pitched seven strong innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. After a perfect first, Wheeler allowed a leadoff home run in the second to Adam LaRoche on the very first pitch. Jayson Werth then walked before scoring on Ian Desmond's double. Desmond moved to third on Roger Beradina's sacrifice fly before scoring on Kurt Suzuki's single. After Gonzalez struck out, Denard Span's double scored Suzuki to put Washington up 4-0 before Anthony Rendon grounded out to end the inning. Werth's two-out home run next inning made it 5-0 Nationals.
After a perfect fourth, Wheeler allowed a leadoff single to Span in the fifth. He moved to second on a wild pitch to Rendon, who struck out looking, and then to third on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Wheeler walked LaRoche before Andrew Brown relieved him and struck out Werth to end the inning.
While David Aardsma and Josh Edgin pitched scoreless sixth and seventh, respectively, Brandon Lyon got rocked in the eighth. He allowed a one-out double to Werth and after Desmond lined out, Beradina's ground-rule double scored Werth before Suzuki's two-run home run put the Nationals up 8-0. Chad Tracy walked before going to third on Span's double. Both men scored on Rendon's double before Scott Rice relieved Lyon and allowed an RBI single to Zimmerman to put Washington up 11-0 before LaRoche grounded out to end the inning.
In the ninth, Anthony Recker allowed a leadoff walk to Werth before Desmond homered to put Washington up 13-0. Recker then retired the next three batters on fly balls.
Ian Krol, who pitched a perfect eighth for Washington, retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth before allowing a double to Josh Satin. John Buck's home run helped the Mets avoid a shutout, but Juan Lagares flew out for the game's last out as Wheeler's home debut ended in disappointment.