Zack Wheeler wanted to give the Giants a taste of what they could’ve had–San Francisco traded Wheeler to the Mets in 2011 in exchange for Carlos Beltran.
Wheeler did just that in New York’s 7-2 victory which dropped the Giants to 10 games under .500. The highly-touted right-hander tossed seven innings and gave up just one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out five, and the Mets supplied the youngster with seven runs of support en route to a sweep.
Pablo Sandoval broke up Wheeler’s no-hitter in the fourth inning with a two-out, broken bat single that landed in front of Marlon Byrd in right field. Brandon Crawford got San Francisco’s other hit off Wheeler, a two-out single that put the Giants on the board.
Matt Cain, meanwhile, was uncharacteristically inefficient in the shortest outing of his career. He was replaced after just 36 pitches, which wasn’t enough to escape the first inning.
Cain walked Eric Young Jr. to lead off the game, and Young promptly stole second. Daniel Murphy’s RBI single drew first blood for the Mets.
Cain walked two more batters before John Buck dropped in a two-out single to make it 3-0. That ended Cain’s day, and speculation regarding his health surfaced. Alex Pavlovic hinted that something could be wrong with the durable Cain. According to Pavlovic, there have been “in house” discussions about the right-hander’s health.
Mike Kickam was solid in relief for three innings after getting one out in the first. In the fifth inning, however, he allowed a single, and Byrd, who hit a grand slam on Tuesday night, hit a two-run homer.
Kickham yielded a pair of RBI doubles in the sixth inning, as the Mets’ lead grew to 7-0. The lefty logged a total of 94 pitches in relief, equating to 5.1 innings. He struck out six, walked three and allowed four runs on five hits.
The Giants added a run in the ninth inning. Brandon Belt tripled, and Tony Abreu’s sacrifice fly plated Belt.