Long Island's Steven Matz struck out four in 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, one run (earned) and three walks in his Triple-A debut with the Las Vegas 51s, the Mets' affialiate, on Thursday.
Matz got a no-decision as Fresno beat Las Vegas, 2-1.
Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, tossed 50 of his 84 pitches for strikes and got five groundouts with just two flyouts. Las Vegas plays in the high-scoring Pacific Coast League where even the most dominant pitchers get knocked around. But Matz succeeded by keeping the ball on the ground, benefitting from three double plays.
Matz held Fresno, an Astros affiliate, scoreless for the first five innings and struck out L.J. Hoes to begin the bottom of the sixth. After Matz walked Nolan Fontana, reliever Zack Thornton entered and allowed Fontana to score.
The 51s' offense managed just two hits, singles from leftfielder Eric Campbell and designated hitter Johnny Monell, against Brad Peacock and two relievers, though they did work five walks.
Elsewhere in the minors...
Third baseman Dustin Lawley was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, but the defending Eastern League champion lost to Akron, 14-5.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE
Centerfielder Champ Stuart was 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in the Mets' 7-2 win over Bradenton.
Leftfielder Michael Conforto, the Mets' first overall pick in the 2014 draft, was 2-for-4 with a walk. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first round pick in 2013, was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Shortstop Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 with a double and third baseman Jhoan Urena was 3-for-5 with a triple. Conforto, Rosario and Urena played with Single-A short season Brooklyn last season and were promoted to Single-A Advanced St. Lucie without significant stays in Single-A Savannah, showing an aggressive approach to their development by the Mets' organization.
West Virginia scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Savannah, 7-6, in a walkoff. Shortstop Luis Guillorme was 1-for-1 with four walks and right fielder Wuilmer Becerra was 1-for-5 with a home run. Becerra was traded to the Mets from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal.
ON TAP TONIGHT
- Matt Bowman makes his first start of 2015 for Las Vegas at Fresno at 10:05 p.m.
- Dominating lefthander Brad Wieck, a reliever last season with Brooklyn, gets the start for Savannah at West Virginia at 7:05 p.m.