RING IT: Zack Wheeler Throws a Complete Game as the Phillies Win 3-0 and Sweep the Mets
After beating the Mets on Friday and Saturday night, the Phillies took game three to complete the sweep by a final score of 3-0. Zack Wheeler was lights out, dealing a complete game, leading the team to victory. The Phillies have now won 8 in a row, hold a 59-53 record, and are 2.5 games up in the NL East.
The game started off with a tribute to Roy Halladay, retiring his number 34 into the Phillies organization forever. There wasn’t a dry eye in Citizens Bank Park after that ceremony. Former teammates Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick, Juan Castro, and Carlos Ruiz were in attendance for the wonderful celebration.
Odubel Herrera was a late scratch just five minutes before the game, with soreness in his right achilles. Herrera landed awkward on his leg while stretching out a double a few nights ago, and it seems like the pain caught up to him today. With injuries starting to stack up for the Phillies, including Rhys Hoskins, Andrew McCutchen, and now Herrera, hopefully Odubel’s achilles pain isn’t too serious.
Zack Wheeler was on the mound today for the Phils, and he dominated like he’s been doing all season. The Fightin’s got off to a hot start in the first inning, as Jean Segura stepped to the plate.
Jean Segura was fired up after that home run, after a scary hit by pitch in last night’s game. He let out a nice scream towards the bench, threw his bat down, and set the tone for the rest of the day. That tone didn’t take long to keep going, as the best catcher in baseball, JT Realmuto, came up to hit just two batters later.
An opposite field shot to right field would give the Phils a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and JT his 13th home run of the season. Realmuto has been on fire over his last seven games, hitting .444/.483/.778, with two home runs, ten RBIs, and a 1.261 OPS.
Zack Wheeler had everything going today for the Phillies. His pitchers were on, his command was dominant, and his athleticism was through the roof, with a beautiful bare hand grab behind the pitchers mound in the fourth. He was indeed “doing it all” today, as you see above.
After letting up a leadoff double in the top of the first, Wheeler retired 22 batters in a row up until one out in the top of the 8th inning. The Ace finished the game with nine innings pitched, allowing just two hits, zero earned runs, and eleven strikeouts. Zack Wheeler has a serious chance to win the National League Cy Young, and after today, the race for the award just got a little more interesting.
Bryce Harper is going through one of the hottest hitting streaks in Phillies history right now. Over his last 15 games, Bryce is slashing .391/.533/.870, with five home runs, ten RBIs, and an OPS good for 1.403. He continued that hot streak today, as he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning, and made this home run look extremely easy.
Zack Wheeler batted in the 8th, signaling him going out to finish the game in the 9th. After getting two outs, Pete Alonso stepped up to the plate. Zack Wheeler threw him a 98 mph fastball, and I’ll let TMac take you home.
The Phillies continued to stay hot, beating the Mets in a 1:05 matinee game by a final score of 3-0. Zack Wheeler threw like the ace he is today, and what better day to throw a complete game than on Roy Halladay Day. The Phils look to keep winning as they welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to town starting on Tuesday, for a three game series.
Who in their right mind let the Phillies get hot? Buy a shirt, find a random bell and ring it, buy a broom, do something. The Hunt for Red October is in full force.
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