Steven Matz bounced back from a rough outing his last time out by throwing seven scoreless innings in Mets Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas'
5-1 win over Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Matz, who has had his pitches and innings closely monitored as he approaches a probable summer call-up to the majors, struck out five and gave up four hits and a walk.
The Long Island native threw 53 of his 87 pitches for strikes, got seven groundouts and picked a runner off first base.
In his last start on June 11, the Mets' top pitching prospect allowed four runs in four innings, his shortest outing of the season. Wednesday's performance was more what Matz observers were used to, though it was not without its bumps.
The lefthander allowed a single to Gary Brown to lead off the game but retired Alex Yarbrough on a flyout and then picked off Brown as he tried to steal second base. Matz walked Ryan Jackson but Las Vegas catcher Dan Rohlfing threw Jackson out trying to steal second to end the inning.
Matz (7-4, 2.11 ERA) pitched a perfect second inning and allowed a leadoff single in the third. Yarbrough singled to lead off the fourth and, after he was bunted over to second base, Yarbrough was thrown out at home by rightfielder Travis Taijeron on C.J. Cron's single. Matz got Grant Green to ground out for the third out, beginning a string of 10 consecutive batters retired.
Designated hitter Anthony Recker was 2-for-4 with a home run, second baseman Matt Reynolds went 1-for-3 with a triple and
leftfielder Jayce Boyd was 2-for-4 with a double for Las Vegas (38-29, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern).
Elsewhere in the minors
(34-30, T-3rd in Eastern League Eastern, 2 games back)
Leftfielder Michael Conforto was 3-for-4 with a double and righthander Luis Cessa struck out five in eight innings, allowing five
hits, two walks and one run in Binghamton's 3-1 win over Portland.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE
(34-32, T-2nd place in Florida State League South, 10 games back)
Designated hitter Brandon Nimmo was 1-for-4 with a double and shortstop Amed Rosario went 2-for-5, but Phillies affiliate Clearwater won in the 11th inning, 4-3, in a walkoff. Speedy centerfielder Champ Stuart, batting just .199 during a down year, stole two more bases to bring his season total to 17.
(35-31, T-1st place in South Atlantic League Southern)
Rightfielder Wuilmer Becerra was 3-for-6 and leftfielder John Mora went 2-for-5 with a double, but the Sand Gnats fell to Asheville, 4-2, in 13 innings. Asheville, a Rockies affiliate, scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 2 and scored two unearned runs in the top of the 13th to take the lead for good.
ROOKIE -- DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(8-8, T-4th place in DSL Boca Chica South, 4 games back)
Rightfielder Wagner Lagrange was 3-for-4, first baseman Hanser Ortiz went 1-for-2 with two walks and shortstop Edgardo Fermin was 2-for-4, but the Mets fell to the DSL Giants, 7-4.
ROOKIE -- DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 2
(11-5, T-2nd place in DSL Boca Chica North, 1 game back)
Third baseman Pedro Ventura was 2-for-5 with a double, first baseman Rigoberto Terrazas went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk and catcher Carlos Sanchez was 3-for-4 as the Mets beat the DSL Tigers, 4-1. Lefthander Aneury Olivo (1-1, 0.48 ERA) struck out nine in six scoreless innings, allowing four hits.