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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Zack Wheeler struggled with his control is his spring training debut.

Wheeler allowed six runs in 1 2-3 innings March 9 in the New York Mets’ 13-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Wheeler gave up two hits, walked two, hit two batters and struck out two. He pitched a perfect first, then got in trouble in the second.

“It’s still early, and fastball command was a little off,” Wheeler said. “I was trying to go in a lot, but it was taking off on me a little bit. I was having a hard time throwing down in the zone with my fastball. That’s something that’s just going to come with throwing it more.”

Mets Manager Terry Collins said he wasn’t concerned with Wheeler’s outing.

“Obviously his command was off, but plus stuff, I’ll tell you that,” Collins said. “I think the two hit batters, a lot of it was due to the fact he’s throwing about 96 (mph) and he was pitching in and they couldn’t get away from them.

“That’s not an excuse for the fact he didn’t have his command in the second inning. I saw outstanding stuff. I told Zack, ‘I’m not worried about anything. You’ll get it going. Just be patient and continue to work on the side.’ His stuff is still very, very good.”

Marlins starter David Phelps, acquired from the New York Yankees in an offseason trade, allowed one run and three hits in three innings, struck out two and walked none.

Former-Met Jordany Valdespin was 2 for 4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. Michael Morse was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

Matt den Dekker was 2-for-3 with a triple, double and scored both Mets runs.

Source: The National Herald
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