Sea Dogs' Stankiewicz stingy for six frames

Red Sox righty, Mets' Conlon put on pitchers' duel in Binghamton

Teddy Stankiewicz has pitched to a 1.89 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in three starts this year. (Kevin Pataky Photography)

By Michael Leboff / MiLB.com | April 18, 2017 9:18 PM ET

As pitchers, Teddy Stankiewicz and P.J. Conlon are polar opposites. The former is a right-hander who stands 6-foot-4 and relies on a powerful fastball-slider combination to carve through the order, while the latter uses a funky delivery and exceptional control to keep hitters guessing.

But on Tuesday night, the two hurlers posted similarly impressive statlines. Each starter went six scoreless innings allowing three hits and a walk while tossing 58 strikes in Portland's 2-0 win over Binghamton in 10 innings at NYSEG Stadium. 

Video: Sea Dogs' Stankiewicz gets a punchout

Stankiewicz knew Conlon was also twirling a gem, but the No. 24 Red Sox prospect had never seen two outings nearly mirror each other that way.

"I can't believe that. It's pretty cool," Stankiewicz said. "I didn't realize how close our games were, but it's awesome. I was just locked in and felt great. It was a fantastic game. I try not to focus on what the other pitcher is doing, I'm just doing my best to put zeros up no matter what the other pitcher is doing, I just need to do my job."

After the Mets No. 23 prospect began the game with a clean frame, Stankiewicz answered in kind, collecting two strikeouts during a 1-2-3 inning.


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"I actually felt a little uncomfortable, throwing-wise, in the first inning," the 23-year-old said. "Even though it went well, I felt much better in the second inning. I got better as the game went on."

In the third, Stankiewicz accomplished something he'd never done before. He recorded a 1-2-3 inning on three 1-3 putouts. 

"That's never happened to me before, but that was pretty cool -- I'm not going to lie," the Texas native laughed. "I talked to a couple of other guys who said they'd never seen that before either. The first one was hit pretty hard, but I saw it pretty well. That keeps you on your toes and locked into the game, so it's a good thing."

Stankiewicz was going to his offspeed stuff during a five-strikeout performance.

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"My slider was working and I was able to work in my offspeed pitches a lot," he added. "Right now, I have full confidence in all of my pitches. That kept them off balance. My offspeed stuff is very sharp right now. I've been getting a lot of bad swings with them."

Stankiewicz induced eight ground-ball outs and just one flyout. 

"It's part of my game to get them to make bad contact. My normal four-seam fastball is technically a two-seam, so when I throw it low and away, it's not diving, but it's got a little sink to it and that makes it hard for hitters to put it up in the air," he said.

The 2013 second-round pick finished the game off with back-to-back clean innings. 

"It's very important that I finished well, because the way you end is what matters the most," the Seminole State College product said. "If you're throwing with conviction in those last couple of innings, it shows you're going to keep loading the zone and keep fighting to give your team a chance to win."

Video: Binghamton's Conlon notches strikeout

Conlon, a 13th-round pick in 2015, struck out six.

Jamie Callahan (2-1) gave up a hit and struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief.

MLB.com's No. 15 overall prospect Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 and Jordan Procyshen had the game-winning hit -- an infield single to first base in the 10th.

Video: Procyshen's go-ahead hit for Portland

Corey Taylor (0-2) surrendered two runs on three hits in two frames for Binghamton.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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