Suarez ties career-high with ten strikeouts

BOX SCORES: RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

Andrew Suarez blazed through the California League, promoting to Richmond after just five starts in San Jose. But eight starts into his Eastern League debut, Suarez showed signs of a major struggle, such as a 6.53 ERA and an average of 13.7 hits per nine innings. 

But Suarez rebounded from a rough outing on June 26, where he lasted just two frames, with three straight seven-plus inning workloads, including Monday night's game where he tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts. He's surrendered just six earned runs over the last 21.2 innings thanks to a lowered number of hits and walks per game. All three recent starts have lasted at least seven innings, including Monday's career-high 105-pitch performance. 

Despite the increased hit and walk totals, his FIP of 3.34 (almost a full point lower than his season ERA) is indicative of more better starts to come from Suarez, who may be finally settling in to Double-A ball.

OTHER NOTES

Miguel Gomez moved up to the three-spot in the order and played second base for the second time in his pro career. He singled once in five plate appearances, and did not strike out, making it 29 straight plate appearances without a strikeout. His season rate is now down to 8.5 percent.

Cristian Paulino is on quite a hot streak since returning from the disabled list on June 24. He has 27 hits in 21 games over the stretch, culminating in an impressive .365/.373/.500 slash line to go along with nine stolen bases. He went 2-for-4 with a triple in Monday's game.

— There have been a number of impressive pitchers up in Salem, Oregon since the short-season rookie ball team got underway after the draft. Kendry Melo, who many were excited about in 2014 when the then 20-year-old Dominican skipped the Dominican Summer League, has allowed just one extra-base hit out of 17 hits in 19 innings. He struck out 43 in 30.1 innings in 2015, and has continued that trend this season with 25 in 19 innings. 

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

  • Sacramento (1): Ty Blach (3.90 ERA, 1.238 WHIP)
  • Sacramento (2): TBD
  • Richmond: Dan Slania (2.74 ERA, 1.116 WHIP)
  • San Jose: Jason Forjet (5.05 ERA, 1.156 WHIP)
  • Salem-Keizer: Matt Krook (0.63 ERA, 1.186 WHIP)

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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