PHILADELPHIA — Zack Wheeler collected more hits than he allowed Saturday.
That’s a good recipe for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wheeler, a former Met, struck out 10 while pitching seven innings of one-hit ball, leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Wheeler retired his final 17 batters after Travis d’Arnaud singled with one out in the second. He also singled in Jean Segura in the fifth and doubled home Alec Bohm in the sixth.
Wheeler mixed a fastball that reached the high 90s with a sinker that had the Braves off balance. The 10 strikeouts were the most by Wheeler since signing with the Phillies in December 2019.
“When you have everything working — fastball, change, curve, slider — and you are placing it where you want to, it makes things a lot easier,” Wheeler said.
“That’s as good as I’ve seen him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That was a rough day trying to hit (Wheeler).”
Wheeler’s strong start — teamed with Aaron Nola’s solid outing in Philadelphia’s victory on opening day — highlights the potential for the top of the Phillies’ rotation.