Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 4/30/13
Zack Wheeler had a test of fortitude staring him in the face today when he took the mound against the Reno Aces. The good news for Mets fans is that the young Wheeler started adversity in the face and punched it in the mouth. He ran into some trouble right out of the gate, as lead-off hitter Tyler Bortnick singled and stole second base. Wheeler then induced two ground balls, one which moved the runner over and the latter one bringing him home. He allowed a single after that, but settled down to strike out Brad Snyder to end the inning. Wheeler danced out of a self-created jam in the second inning where he allowed two singles by getting Bortnick to fly out. Of course, that’s when the fun started. Including Bortnick’s fly out, Wheeler went on to retire the next eleven batters straight, mixing in a healthy amount of strikeouts along the way and demonstrating overall dominance. The next baserunner that reached against him was due to a fielding error, but that was barely a blip on the ra...
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