Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was cruising during his start on Friday night against the Dodgers. That is until the sixth inning came, and one pitch ruined everything.
Wheeler began his night setting down six straight Dodgers, which included striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, Michael Conforto helped out Wheeler by making a terrific diving grab in center field on a liner off the bat of Joc Pederson.
After putting runners on the first and second to lead off the fourth, Wheeler worked out of another jam. But that wasn't the case when the sixth rolled around.
Wheeler issued two straight walks to lead off the inning, and after Justin Turner flew out, Matt Kemp hit a single to right to load the bases. Cody Bellinger came to the plate to break the 0-0 tie, and get the away team on the board first. Well, he did more than that as he took an 0-2 96-mph fastball at his eyes over the right field fence for a grand slam.
It wasn't even a bad pitch from Wheeler as he wanted Bellinger to climb the zone. But he admitted he wanted the ball more inside, but it leaked over the plate instead.
"I had him 0-2, right where I wanted him and I was just trying to bury it there underneath his hands," Wheeler said in the locker room after the game. "It just tailed back over and basically set it on a tee for him. He made me pay for it."
Despite the bad break against Bellinger, manager Mickey Callaway was pleased with what he saw from Wheeler on the mound.
"I think for one leaked back 0-2 fastball, he threw the ball great," Callaway said. "He got [in] a little trouble that inning obviously. But he was pretty good."
"I thought I did well the whole game basically," he said. "And then it's just that one pitch. Defense played awesome behind me, they made some great plays. It's always nice when that happens."
Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on five hits while striking out seven and walking three over seven innings.