May 29, 2014: Fifteen Strikeouts Stifle Phillies

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Date: May 29, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Chris Young, Vic Black, Jenrry Mejia
Key play: Mets’ strikeouts, Young’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a five-game series. Mets’ pitchers teamed up for a total of fifteen strikeouts in a 4-1 win.

Phils’ starter David Buchanan gave up only a single to David Wright in the top of the first inning. Ben Revere singled against the Mets’ Zack Wheeler to lead off the bottom half. Wheeler struck out the next three batters to end the inning and Lucas Duda hit a single to begin the top of the second. Chris Young singled and Wilmer Flores got an infield single to load the bases. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a double play ground ball to shortstop Jimmie Rollins on which Duda came home for a 1-0 Mets lead. Buchanan retired Wheeler on a ground ball to Rollins that closed out the inning. Zack then struck out the side in a scoreless bottom half.

Buchanan retired the Mets in order in the top of the third. Wheeler fanned Chase Utley to end a perfect bottom of the inning and Curtis Granderson drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Duda flied out to center fielder Revere and a two-run homer by Young increased the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Flores was retired on a grounder to third baseman Cesar Hernandez. Buchanan got d’Arnaud to ground out to Rollins and finish off the inning. Wheeler then struck out Ryan Howard for the start of a perfect bottom half.

Wheeler singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Juan Lagares reached on an error by Hernandez and a fly ball by Daniel Murphy was caught by left fielder Domonic Brown. Wright reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to load the bases. Granderson walked to force home Wheeler and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Buchanan struck out Duda and retired Young on a fly ball to Brown for the inning’s third out. Wheeler then set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

Buchanan pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Wheeler retired all three batters on infield grounders in the bottom of the inning and Lagares hit a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Buchanan got Murphy to fly out to Brown and retired Wright on a grounder to second baseman Utley. Philadelphia reliever Mario Hollands struck out Granderson to end the inning and Wheeler fanned Howard for his ninth strikeout to begin the bottom half. Marlon Byrd hit a homer for the Phils’ first run and Mets’ reliever Scott Rice retired Brown on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy. New York’s Vic Black then threw a called third strike past Carlos Ruiz for the final out of the inning.

Hollands surrendered just a walk to Duda in the top of the eighth. Black recorded two strikeouts in a perfect bottom half and Lagares got a one-out single against Phillies’ reliever Justin DeFratus in the top of the ninth. Murphy drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Antonio Bastardo, who followed up by getting Wright to hit a double play grounder to Utley for the inning’s final outs. Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia got Rollins on a called third strike to start the bottom half. Utley was also called out on strikes. Mejia then fanned Howard to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory with fifteen strikeouts to open the long weekend series.