Zack Wheeler lasted just five innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 6-2 to win the three-game interleague series.
Wheeler, now 4-2, lost for the first time in six starts. He gave up four runs — three earned — and issued five walks in his ninth start of the season. The young righty seemed to come unglued in the fifth after Marlon Byrd lost a ball in the sun and John Buck let a couple of pitches get by him. He walked three in that inning, threw a wild pitch, a passed ball, and when it was all over three runs had crossed the plate.
Wheeler also let up another home run, this time to Mike Moustakas who drilled a fast ball over the wall in right-center. Wheeler is now 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA at Citi Field and has failed to go into the seventh inning in seven of his nine starts.
Terry Collins was very dissatisfied with Wheeler’s performance and ripped into him after the game, saying that it was time for Wheeler to start bearing down and taking control of the game. Despite t...