After a mediocre start on the road in a windy San Bernardino, Andrew Suarez returned to San Jose where he pitched efficiently while shutting down the Modesto Nuts. He struck out nine in seven incredibly strong innings, while walking none and allowing just one run. Suarez used 82 pitches in the seven innings, including 63 strikes. Surprisingly, with nine strikeouts, Suarez tallied only seven swinging strikes, which in a way does actually make sense considering Suarez's pedigree for painting corners with his plus command.
Suarez now has 20 strikeouts to just three walks and a 3.38 ERA in his first three starts of the season.
Steven Duggar, the most recent "Prospect of the Week," picked up two more hits to raise his average to .364 on the season. His double in the second inning was his seventh extra-base hit in the last eight games.
Up in Sacramento, Gorkys Hernandez picked a nice time for his first home run of the year — the ninth inning at home to send the River Cats home happy with a 3-1 win. The game featured a spot start from Albert Suarez and a Sacramento debut for the Jesuit High School product Martin Agosta, who was likely nervous after making the jump from San Jose to Triple-A. He threw 13 pitches and just one strike, walking three hitters before being pulled for Vin Mazzaro.
With all the bullpen promotions to San Francisco from the River Cats' pen, Agosta was awarded for his time in San Jose, and great start to 2016, with a bump up to Triple-A. Hopefully the first game jitters subside and give way to displaying the remaining potential for the team's 2012 second-round pick.
— Rando Moreno picked up two more hits, including a double, to bring his total to 12 base knocks over the last eight games. He was inserted into the leadoff spot for Thursday's game after Myles Schroder had spent most of April in the front of the order.
— Tyler Cyr continues to just dominate out of the bullpen in a long relief role. He piggy-backed Logan Webb on Thursday and struck out five in three almost-perfect innings. A walk was the only mark that went against Cyr in the box score, as he lowered his ERA to 1.35 and his WHIP to 0.750 in 13.1 innings.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-4, R, BB, 3 SO
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-4, 2B, R, 3 SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-5, 3 SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-3, R, 2 SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, R, BB, 3 SO