Bickford caps off brilliant opening month in Augusta

BOX SCORES: RIC / SJ / AUG

Phil Bickford made four starts in April, his first month playing for a full-season team. On Wednesday, he capped it off with a special touch. He pitched seven scoreless and walk-less innings, throwing an efficient 87 pitches and ridiculous 73 strikes. He was helped by a flurry of one-pitch outs, but still displayed dominant form in other ways like striking out nine and allowing just four hits. 

Bickford induced 12 swinging strikes; impressive, but not nearly as impressive as his totals during his first and third starts of the season. On April 8 he forced 15 swing-throughs in 4.2 innings and just last week, he totaled 18 in only five innings. Twenty-one called strikes was a season-high for Bickford, but of course that also comes from throwing two more innings than any other start.

He ends April posting a 3.48 ERA, 0.871 WHIP, and 33/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio — third best in the South Atlantic League for pitchers tossing more than 20 innings — while the strikeout total overall is a league-leader.

OTHER NOTES

— San Jose won its third game in a row, and will look for a sweep of the Stockton Ports with Andrew Suarez on the mound Thursday afternoon. Wednesday's 4-2 win featured a 3-RBI performance from Jose Vizcaino, Jr. and a bounce-back outing for Jason Forjet. Rodolfo Martinez picked up his fifth save, and lowered his ERA to 1.23. The lone highlight available from the game was this well-executed double play, started by Jonah Arenado.

— Richmond lost 6-3, but received great offensive nights from Ali Castillo (3 hits), Tyler Horan (home run), and Ryder Jones (sixth double of season). 

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, BB, SO
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Phil Bickford: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  4. Lucius Fox: 1-for-5
  5. Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, 2 R
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: DNP
  8. Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, R, SO
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: 0-for-5
  13. Ray Black: DNP
  14. Chase Johnson: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: DNP
  17. Kyle Crick: DNP
  18. Jarrett Parker: DNP
  19. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4
  20. Austin Slater: DNP
  21. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  22. Michael Santos: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Mac Marshall: DNP
  25. Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-3, BB, SO
  26. Derek Law: DNP
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  30. Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, R, BB

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