Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In his first start as a Binghamton Met, Zack Wheeler struck out four and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings in a losing effort as the B-Mets fell to the Akron Aeros by a 2-1 score.
Wheeler, regarded as the top prospect in the New York Mets system by Baseball America, kicked off his Double-A career by striking out Tim Fedroff to start the game. He escaped unscathed after walking a pair in the inning by inducing Ryan Rohlinger to bounce into a double play.
After fanning two in a scoreless second, the righty from Georgia ran into trouble in the third. Michel Hernandez lined a single up the middle and Fedroff reached on an infield single to third. With runners on first and second, Juan Diaz dumped a double just inside the left-field line. The hit brought home Akron’s only runs of the game. Wheeler’s night came to a close after three innings.
T.J. McFarland made the start for Akron and tossed three shutout innings before allowing the B-Mets to crack the scoreboard in the fourth. Allan Dykstra led off the frame by looping a double to right. He scored two batters later when Jefry Marte one-hopped a double against the right-center field fence.
It would be the only offense supplied by the B-Mets. McFarland worked around a double by Pedro Zapata to post a scoreless fifth and handed things off to the bullpen.
After firing seven scoreless innings last night, the Aeros pen came through again tonight. Three relievers combined to hurl four scoreless frames. After Eric Campbell’s leadoff single in the sixth against Bryan Price, the final 12 B-Mets were retired in order.
Price put up two shutout innings, Bryce Stowell tossed a scoreless eighth and Preston Guilment nailed down his first save in his Double-A debut with a shutout ninth.
The B-Mets bullpen pulled together and put up a strong effort. Edgar Ramirez, Elvin Ramirez, Brad Holt and Josh Edgin combined to throw six shutout innings. They allowed just one hit and struck out eight. The B-Mets fanned 12 Aeros in the game.
The B-Mets (0-2) wrap up their series against the Akron Aeros Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM. LHP Darin Gorski will make his Double-A debut and RHP Steven Wright gets the ball for Akron.