San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Zack Wheeler hasn't had much success
since his first career start, but found a whole lot of it on Wednesday against
the team that drafted him.
Wheeler turned in one of his best performances as a major leaguer and the New
York Mets finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling defending World
Series Champion San Francisco Giants with a 7-1 victory at AT&T Park.
John Buck, Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy each knocked in a pair to highlight a
second offensive surge for New York in as many days, and sent Giants ace Matt
Cain (5-6) to the showers before the first inning was over.
Wheeler (3-1) was the Giants' sixth pick overall in the 2009 draft and blanked
his former club for six frames. When it was all said and done, the young
rookie scattered one run on three hits to complete a seven-inning stint.
The Giants traded Wheeler to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran in 2011, who
they would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals via free agency in the following
San Francisco has plummeted to 40-50 on the campaign, losers of four straight
and a remarkable 14 of their last 16 games.
Byrd hit a grand slam in Tuesday's 10-6 victory and provided a two-run homer
on Wednesday. Buck and Murphy each added two hits apiece, while Wheeler
contributed an RBI double in New York's fifth win in six games.
The Sports Network