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Steven Matz pitches, hits Las Vegas to victory

Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz works in the

Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz works in the sixth inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: AP / John Bazemore

The minor leagues have waived the white flag of unconditional surrender at Long Island's Steven Matz, however, the Mets' top pitching prospect keeps firing.

Matz pitched seven scoreless innings and hit a pair of two-run singles to lead Triple-A Las Vegas over Colorado Springs, 9-1, on Tuesday night.

The Pacific Coast League is a hitter's haven where even the best pitching prospects can look mediocre or worse. But once every five days for Las Vegas, that reputation comes undone.

Tuesday was one of those days as Matz struck out seven hitters and got 12 groundouts, allowing just three hits and a walk.

Matz (6-2, 1.99 ERA) has struck out 68 hitters in 63 1/3 innings this season. His strikeout total leads the entirety of minor league baseball.

The lefthander also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs on Tuesday, bumping his batting average up to .350.

Second baseman Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and leftfielder Brandon Allen went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, three runs scored and two RBIs for Las Vegas (29-17, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Southern).

Elsewhere in the minors


(24-21, 3rd place in Eastern League Eastern, 5.5 games back)

Rehabbing relievers Vic Black and Bobby Parnell each tossed a scoreless inning in an 8-5 loss to Portland.

Black, who for the first time during his rehab worked back-to-back nights, reportedly hit 92-93 mph with his fastball. He pitched the eighth and gave up one hit. In the ninth, Parnell allowed a walk and struck out one. The Press and Sun Bulletin's Lynn Worthy reported that Parnell hit 95 and 97 mph on the stadium gun.

Parnell had Tommy John surgery in 2014, and Black is working his way back from a shoulder and neck injury.

Second baseman Josh Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with a home run and first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a home run.


(22-23, T-3rd in Florida State League South, 9 games back)

Third baseman Jeff McNeil was 4-for-5, catcher Colton Plaia walked three times and leftfielder Michael Conforto and designated hitter Matt Oberste each walked twice as the Mets beat Lakeland, 6-3.


(20-25, 5th place in South Atlantic League Southern, 6.5 games back)

Lefthander Brad Wieck struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and one run in the Sand Gnats' 5-1 win over Asheville. Wieck has struck out 58 in 43 2/3 innings this season and 52 in his last 34 2/3 innings. He's struck out at least eight hitters in five of his last six starts.

Rightfielder Wuilmer Becerra, whom the Mets acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal, was 2-for-4 with a double.

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