Wheeler’s ‘pure dominance’ retains Phillies surging

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PHILADELPHIA — Zack Wheeler pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11, Bryce Harper homered and the first-place Philadelphia Phillies completed off a three-game sweep for his or her eighth straight victory, 3-0 over the fading New York Mets on Sunday.

Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto additionally homered for the Phillies, who moved 2 1/2 video games forward of the Mets within the NL East. The streak is Philadelphia’s longest since profitable eight straight in July 2010.

“It was pure dominance at the moment,” Harper mentioned of Wheeler.

The Mets acquired a pregame pep speak within the clubhouse from proprietor Steve Cohen earlier than dropping for the seventh time in eight tries. New York arrived at Residents Financial institution Park this weekend main the division and left in third place. Atlanta is in second place, two again of Philadelphia.

Following an emotional ceremony to retire the jersey of Roy Halladay, Wheeler (10-6) pitched just like the late Corridor of Famer.

“On a day that you simply honor one of many best pitches I’ve witnessed pitch, he goes out and it was like Roy had his hand on it,” Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi, pausing whereas choking up a bit, mentioned. “He provides a Roy Halladay look at the moment.”

Stated Wheeler, “At the moment was his day and I simply tried to pitch like him.”

Wheeler gave up a double to Brandon Nimmo to start out the sport after which retired 22 consecutive batters — essentially the most by a Phillies pitcher since Halladay’s excellent sport on Might 29, 2010 — till Michael Conforto walked within the eighth. Nimmo singled with one out within the ninth and Wheeler quickly struck out slumping slugger Pete Alonso for his fourth profession full sport, three of them shutouts.

Wheeler walked just one. He threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

“The (fastball) was transferring, I had the command of that and my off-speed (stuff) was fairly sharp,” Wheeler mentioned. “When you might have all that going, it makes it just a little simpler.”

The 31-year-old All-Star pitched for the Mets for 5 seasons earlier than signing a five-year, $118 million free-agent take care of the Phillies previous to the 2020 season. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven begins towards his former membership whereas reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 14th time total and sixth this yr.

Offense continued to be a battle for the Mets, they usually have 20 whole runs within the final 9 defeats. Alonso was hitless in 4 at-bats with a pair strikeouts to stretch his rut to 0 for 21, but remained optimistic afterward.

“Two weeks from now, no person goes to speak about this,” Alonso mentioned. “There are particular occasions within the course of the place you recognize you are on the best path and you are not getting outcomes.”

The Mets have been in first place for a lot of the season, however on this mediocre division, first place hasn’t meant greater than a handful of video games over the .500 mark. In consequence, any dropping streak of significance in vital, particularly in August.

Taijuan Walker (7-7), a first-time All-Star this yr, continued his second-half stoop. The best-hander allowed three runs on 4 hits with a stroll and a strikeout. Three of the hits had been homers, upping the staggering depend to 10 longballs surrendered within the final 4 contests. Over that stretch, Walker is 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA and has given up 26 hits in 20 2/3 innings.

Harper stayed scorching by hitting his fourth homer in six video games, a solo drive within the sixth that made it 3-0 and gave the six-time All-Star a complete of 20 house runs this season. He has reached base in 17 straight video games and was greeted in proper discipline by loud chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” by many among the many 39,186 in attendance, marking Philadelphia’s largest house crowd of the season.

The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead within the first. Segura drove a 2-2, 94-mph fastball into the seats in left, and Realmuto hit an opposite-field drive.

Shortstop Javier Baez, a trade-deadline acquisition from the Chicago Cubs, left after batting within the fifth because of left hip soreness for the Mets. Baez grimaced on a swing throughout his at-bat that ended with a groundout to second. Supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned preliminary pessimism concerning the damage subsided following a postgame analysis.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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