On Monday, Las Vegas 51′s starting pitcher Carlos Torres, hurled one of the entire New York Mets organization’s best pitched game so far this season. He dispatched the Fresno Grizzlies in two hours and thirty-two minutes on a ninety-five degree night. As part of an 8-0 white washing, Torres pitched a three hit, complete game shut out victory. He walked no batters and struck out eleven. Carlos improved his record to 5-3, while lowering his ERA to 4.31, down from a 5.03 mark. He threw 107 pitches in the game, seventy-two for strikes – a rate of sixty-seven percent.
This was his eleventh start of the season. After Monday’s game, he’s thrown 62.2 innings, and has now surrendered sixty-nine hits, while keeping his walks allowed at seventeen for a 1.382 WHiP, down from 1.547 when he entered the game. His eleven strikeouts, a new season high, now give him sixty-three for the season, good for a 9.1 K/9 average.
Fresno’s third baseman Chris Dominguez, connected for two of the three hits off Torres, and had the only extra base hit against him, a triple. Torres struck out the number one and two batters in the Grizzlies line-up five times in eight at-bats – so much for setting the table. He retired the side in order in the first, third, sixth, seventh, and after an error by Brian Bixler at third base, Carlos Torres retired the Grizzlies in order for a fifth time in the ninth.
For rhp Carlos Torres, 30, who was signed last November by Sandy Alderson as a free agent after Colorado set him loose, this was his fourth consecutive victory. On May 24th, he put in a seven inning effort, walked none, and struck out ten. Monday’s game was his first shut out effort of the season.