Zack Wheeler pitches a complete game, shutout, to sweep Brewers.
Zack Wheeler was definitely in his A game on when he pitched against the Brewers, on Thursday. It’s fair to say both pitchers were as no one scored until the 7th Inning. Wheeler was also rewarded by his team having his back, making routine small ball plays to secure that no one would score. The pitcher threw out 118 pitches that were probably the longest game in his mind. In reality, the game flew by quickly with 1-2-3 innings and control on the mound.
Working a Complete Game Shut Out.
The seasoned, Zack Wheeler was one out away from his first shutout in seven years. He struck out eight in throwing his second career shut out and complete game in 144 starts, and first since 2014 when he played for the New York Mets. There was no way he was going to leave the mound when that was on the line. “We were both very adamant we were going to finish that game,” catcher Andrew Knapp said. So, he stared out in front of him focusing on the batter, Daniel Vogelbach and pitched. Vogelbach hit a foul pop which was instantly caught by Rhys Hoskins.
In the 7th inning, Bohm hit a homerun. During the 8th, Hoskins hit a double to score another run resulting in those two runs that secured the win. Philadelphia finished the game with a 2-0 win and four-game sweep of the Milwaukee. Special sweep, as this was the first time to sweep a four-game series against the Brewers since 2008. Naturally, there was plenty to celebrate. Even sweeter, it was done at home, in Citizen’s Bank Park in front of fans that cheered him on. It doesn’t get better than that.
“That’s the goal, right? To go out there and pitch seven innings or more. Being realistic, it’s hard to throw a complete game every time,” Wheeler said. “But that’s the goal — seven to nine innings — just trying to save the bullpen and help the team out the best you can.” That, he did. Now, the Phils (17-15) head to Atlanta two games above .500. Great news, Harper and Segura will be joining them in Atlanta.