Wheeler homers, strikes out 11 as Mets rout Phillies 9-0

NEW YORK (AP) Power pitching, that's what the New York Mets hope to get from Zack Wheeler.

But power hitting?

Wheeler connected for his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as the Mets handed the Philadelphia Phillies their fifth loss in six games, 9-0 on Tuesday night.

''Pitching's obviously first, but we work a lot on our hitting and we take pride in it,'' Wheeler said.

''We want to go up there and do well as a staff and not give them an easy out. Luckily, I wasn't an easy out tonight,'' he said.

For the Phillies, it was another quiet day. Until two outs in the ninth, that is.

That's when Mets reliever Jacob Rhame sailed two fastballs over Rhys Hoskins' head. The benches started to clear after the first time, and Hoskins angrily slung his bat after the next one, which was ball four.

''I understand baseball. They got hit a couple times yesterday,'' Hoskins said.

But that didn't make it any easier to accept, not after high heat buzzed his helmet. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud ''just said they were trying to go inside and I laughed,'' the Philadelphia cleanup man said.

No doubt, it could make for tense times in the series finale Wednesday night.

Before the late shenanigans, it was the Wheeler show.

Wheeler also doubled and drove in three runs and Todd Frazier connected for a grand slam that made it 8-0 in the fifth.

''I was like, God, he makes it look easy and I'm trying to get an extra-base hit or get on base,'' Frazier said. ''It was nice to have him supply the RBIs, give himself a little breathing room and I came in at the end.''

Wheeler (2-2) became the majors' first 100-100 player this season - he hit and pitched a ball at least 100 mph, according to Statcast.

''First pitcher ever to do that,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''That put him over the top, it seems like. And that's a real stat, by the way, I'm not making that up. He did everything right.''

Wheeler did it in his 100th career start, too. He fanned seven straight in the early innings, and gave himself a cushion at the plate.

A career .129 hitter, Wheeler lined a two-run double in the second off Zach Eflin (2-3). The next time up, Wheeler did even better, launching a drive over the wall in left-center.

Wheeler kept up a surprising longball show by Mets pitchers. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom also have gone deep this year, making the Mets the first NL team in more than 110 years to have three pitchers homer in the first 25 games of a season.

Frazier broke open the game with his fifth career slam, tagging Drew Anderson. Frazier made his season debut Monday after being slowed by a strained left oblique.

Bryce Harper and the Phillies have totaled just two runs while losing three in a row, and were shut out for the first time season. They went down quietly Monday when their last 16 batters were retired, and manager Gabe Kapler said before this game that he wanted to see whether his team would respond with any energy.

They didn't, at least until two outs in the ninth. The closest the Phillies came to scoring was in the fourth when Maikel Franco was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Jeff McNeil on Cesar Hernandez's single.

''Very frustrating,'' Kapler said, adding, ''It wasn't good effort.''

Hernandez also let an easy grounder roll through his legs with two outs in the second, allowing Wheeler to score from second.

Mets relievers Luis Avilan and Rhame finished off the five-hitter.

WHEELING ALONG

Wheeler improved to 35-32 lifetime. He struck out nine of the first 13 batters.

QUIET HARPER

Harper was hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice before leaving for a substitute. The Phillies star had an uneventful night, a day after his wild rant at an umpire that has Major League Baseball looking at whether he should be penalized.

''Hope not. We'll see,'' Harper said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Victor Arano (elbow inflammation) might be a couple weeks from throwing, Kapler said.

Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo exited after three innings because of a left oblique twinge. ... SS Amed Rosario didn't start for the second straight day because of flulike symptoms.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.55 ERA) hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of this three starts this season.

Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.58) pitches while speculation swirls that Gio Gonzalez might be signed to take his spot in the rotation.

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  • W: Z. Wheeler (2-2)L: Z. Eflin (2-3)
  • HR: NYM - T. Frazier (1), Z. Wheeler (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. McCutchen LF30000010.253.381.471.852-0.5
N. Williams LF10000000.158.238.211.4490.0
J. Realmuto C30200010.280.337.427.7641.5
A. Knapp C00000100.235.435.353.7881.0
B. Harper RF30000022.262.398.512.910-1.0
A. Altherr RF10000001.042.080.083.1630.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000122.262.392.524.9160.0
M. Franco 3B40200001.275.372.563.9353.0
C. Hernandez 2B30100001.271.337.412.7491.0
P. Gosselin SS30000011.167.167.222.389-0.5
Z. Eflin P10000011.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- M. Walding PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Anderson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Quinn CF30000030.095.174.095.269-1.5
  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF20000010.209.346.388.734-0.5
J. Lagares CF21000101.256.333.349.6822.0
P. Alonso 1B40000112.310.408.6901.0990.5
R. Cano 2B41200001.247.295.416.7103.0
K. Broxton LF10000011.167.250.167.417-0.5
M. Conforto RF41200102.302.419.5931.0124.0
W. Ramos C31110103.294.372.353.7254.0
T. d'Arnaud C10000001.050.136.050.1860.0
J. McNeil LF-2B31000115.368.448.500.9481.5
T. Frazier 3B41141021.250.250.625.8758.0
L. Guillorme SS41100000.118.167.118.2842.0
Z. Wheeler P32231010.273.273.636.90910.5
a- J. Davis PH10100000.281.388.491.8791.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rhame P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Wheeler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Franco (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (2), M. Franco, C. Hernandez, Z. Eflin
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Wheeler
  • HR - T. Frazier, Z. Wheeler
  • RBI - W. Ramos (16), T. Frazier 4 (4), Z. Wheeler 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (11), T. Frazier 4 (4), Z. Wheeler 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lagares, P. Alonso, M. Conforto, T. d'Arnaud, J. McNeil 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Gosselin, C. Hernandez (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. McNeil
  • DP - (McNeil-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 2-3)4.04431314.151.350.5
D. Anderson4.06554417.502.00-1.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 2-3)4.0
D. Anderson4.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 2-2)7.050001104.851.3531.5
L. Avilan1.000002010.002.004.0
J. Rhame1.00002003.862.141.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 2-2)7.0
L. Avilan1.0
J. Rhame1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 72-45, D. Anderson 84-49
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 4-7, D. Anderson 4-4
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 19, D. Anderson 22
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 105-74, L. Avilan 12-9, J. Rhame 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-3, L. Avilan 1-0, J. Rhame 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, L. Avilan 3, J. Rhame 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen LF30000010.253.381.471.852-0.5
N. Williams LF10000000.158.238.211.4490.0
J. Realmuto C30200010.280.337.427.7641.5
A. Knapp C00000100.235.435.353.7881.0
B. Harper RF30000022.262.398.512.910-1.0
A. Altherr RF10000001.042.080.083.1630.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000122.262.392.524.9160.0
M. Franco 3B40200001.275.372.563.9353.0
C. Hernandez 2B30100001.271.337.412.7491.0
P. Gosselin SS30000011.167.167.222.389-0.5
Z. Eflin P10000011.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- M. Walding PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Anderson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Quinn CF30000030.095.174.095.269-1.5
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  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF20000010.209.346.388.734-0.5
J. Lagares CF21000101.256.333.349.6822.0
P. Alonso 1B40000112.310.408.6901.0990.5
R. Cano 2B41200001.247.295.416.7103.0
K. Broxton LF10000011.167.250.167.417-0.5
M. Conforto RF41200102.302.419.5931.0124.0
W. Ramos C31110103.294.372.353.7254.0
T. d'Arnaud C10000001.050.136.050.1860.0
J. McNeil LF-2B31000115.368.448.500.9481.5
T. Frazier 3B41141021.250.250.625.8758.0
L. Guillorme SS41100000.118.167.118.2842.0
Z. Wheeler P32231010.273.273.636.90910.5
a- J. Davis PH10100000.281.388.491.8791.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rhame P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total36910825717-----
  • a-singled for Wheeler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Franco (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (2), M. Franco, C. Hernandez, Z. Eflin
BATTING
  • 2B - Z. Wheeler
  • HR - T. Frazier, Z. Wheeler
  • RBI - W. Ramos (16), T. Frazier 4 (4), Z. Wheeler 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (11), T. Frazier 4 (4), Z. Wheeler 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lagares, P. Alonso, M. Conforto, T. d'Arnaud, J. McNeil 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Gosselin, C. Hernandez (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. McNeil
  • DP - (McNeil-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 2-3)4.04431314.151.350.5
D. Anderson4.06554417.502.00-1.0
Total8.01098572---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 2-3)4.0
D. Anderson4.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 2-2)7.050001104.851.3531.5
L. Avilan1.000002010.002.004.0
J. Rhame1.00002003.862.141.0
Total9.05002130---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 2-2)7.0
L. Avilan1.0
J. Rhame1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 72-45, D. Anderson 84-49
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 4-7, D. Anderson 4-4
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 19, D. Anderson 22
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 105-74, L. Avilan 12-9, J. Rhame 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-3, L. Avilan 1-0, J. Rhame 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, L. Avilan 3, J. Rhame 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Ramos singled to left, Lagares scored, Cano to third, Conforto to second09
  • 5TH INNING
    Frazier homered to left, Cano, Conforto and McNeil scored08
  • 4TH INNING
    Wheeler homered to left center04
  • 2ND INNING
    Nimmo safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error, Wheeler scored03
    Wheeler doubled to deep right, Ramos and Guillorme scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jacob Rhame relieved Luis Avilan
    • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Knapp walked
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altherr grounded into double play second to first, Knapp out at second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Franco lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luis Avilan pitching
    • Keon Broxton in left field
    • Travis d'Arnaud catching
    • D. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • R. Quinn: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Williams grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Knapp catching
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto lined out to right
    • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Foul, Franco grounded out to first
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Gosselin grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Aaron Altherr in right field
    • T. Frazier: Todd Frazier facing Drew Anderson
    • Frazier struck out swinging
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guillorme grounded out to shortstop
    • J.D. Davis hit for Zack Wheeler
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to left
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lagares hit into double play second to shortstop, Davis out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto singled to center
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Harper fouled out to catcher
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Hoskins flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Anderson Pitching:
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lagares walked
    • P. Alonso: Alonso popped out to shortstop
    • R. Cano: Cano singled to center, Lagares to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked, Cano to second
    • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to left, Lagares scored, Cano to third, Conforto to second
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gosselin grounded out to shortstop
    • Mitch Walding hit for Zach Eflin
    • M. Walding: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walding struck out swinging
    • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Anderson pitching
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to shallow center
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cano singled to left
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Conforto singled to left, Cano to second
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramos grounded out to pitcher, Cano to third, Conforto to second
    • J. McNeil: McNeil intentionally walked
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier homered to left, Cano, Conforto and McNeil scored
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Ball, Foul, Guillorme grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • M. Franco: Franco doubled to deep right
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez singled to left, Franco out at home
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to shallow left
    • L. Guillorme: Foul, Strike looking, Guillorme flied out to shallow left
    • Z. Wheeler: Wheeler homered to left center
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Lagares flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Quinn struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto singled to left
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Conforto to second
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Franco singled to left
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to center
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gosselin struck out swinging
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Eflin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McNeil flied out to deep right
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guillorme singled to left, Ramos to second
    • Z. Wheeler: Wheeler doubled to deep right, Ramos and Guillorme scored
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Nimmo safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error, Wheeler scored
    • P. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto singled to right
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso safe at first on shortstop Gosselin throwing error
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cano lined out to left
    • M. Conforto: Conforto lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)