Zack Wheeler had himself a night at Citi Field on Wednesday, as his pitching -- and hitting -- led the way to a Mets shoutout of the Phillies, 9-0. >> Box score
Six things to know about Tuesday's game...
1) Wheeler absolutely shutdown the Phillies' offense with a strong performance on the bump, allowing five scattered hits and no runs over seven innings. The walks that have plagued him too didn't appear in this one, as he struck out 11 and didn't allow a free pass. Oh, Wheeler also helped himself at the plate. He not only ripped a two-RBI double to put the Mets on the board first, but he launched his first career homer as well for a total three RBI on the night. He became the first pitcher this season to throw 100 mph and hit a home run of at least 100 mph exit velocity.
2) In just his second game of the season, Todd Frazier took a fastball right down the middle over the left field wall for a grand slam -- his first homer of the year -- in the bottom of the fifth. That would be his only hit on the night in four at-bats.
3) Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto both went 2-for-4 on the night. Cano moved his season average up to .247, while Conforto is back over .300 at .302.
4) Brandon Nimmo had to leave tonight's game after the third inning with what is being described as a left oblique "twinge." Nimmo can't catch a break after a stiff neck kept him out a few games last week as well.
5) Though the game was a blowout in the top of the ninth, Jacob Rhame threw behind Rhys Hoskins with two outs. It didn't look intentionally, but another two-seamer ran near Hoskins' head which turned up some uneasy tension. Both dugouts were warned after players came out, but it was a weird happening considering the score.
6) With the win, the Mets are in sole possession of first place in the NL East.
The Mets complete their series with the Phillies on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. It will be Jason Vargas going up against Vince Velasquez on the mound.