Darin Gorski took a positive first step in proving that last season was no fluke.
The reigning Florida State League Pitcher of the Year allowed one hit and struck out seven over six shutout innings Saturday as the Binghamton Mets edged the Akron Aeros, 2-1.
Gorski walked three and did not allow a runner to reach second base in his Double-A debut. He carried a no-hitter into the fourth, when Ben Copeland led off with a single but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Gorski faced just one batter over the minimum.
"I tried to get to get ahead with the fastball, and then being able to throw the off-speed pitches for strikes keeps guys honest," Gorski told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. "If you're wasting those pitches, then they can just spit at them, but if you can start throwing them for strikes, it makes it a little bit easier."
Gorski, the Mets' No. 19 prospect, came out of nowhere last season to win the FSL honor. The 24-year-old left-hander entered 2011 with a 9-12 career record and 4.70 ERA but went 11-3 with a 2.08 ERA for St. Lucie, earning him a MiLBY award in the process.
"Pitching is pitching, regardless of what level you're doing it at," Gorski told the newspaper. "You try to throw strikes, get ahead of hitters and stay on top of them that way. You know, [being at] Double-A really didn't affect me when I got out there. It's just a batter, a catcher and an umpire back there. You go out there and execute pitches accordingly."
Mets No. 16 prospect Matt Den Dekker reached base twice and scored a run. Josh Edgin, who impressed the parent club in Spring Training, notched his first save with a hitless ninth inning.