Snodgrass stifles 66ers for seven

Giants prospect allows four hits, wins third straight start

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | August 4, 2012 10:25 PM ET

Through his first eight starts this season, Jack Snodgrass was 5-1 with a 1.69 ERA. California League opponents couldn't hit his sinking fastball.

Over his next 11 outings, that's all they were hitting as the Giants prospect went 2-3 with a 7.33 ERA.

"There was a month and a half straight where I was having rough outings," he said. "The league was adapting to me. This last little push, we're throwing inside more than we did. After the first two months, guys knew I would stay away with my sinker -- and they were hitting it. Now I'm keeping them honest."

And nearly hitless.

Snodgrass matched his career high with seven scoreless innings Saturday as Class A Advanced San Jose cruised to a 10-0 road win over Inland Empire.

The shutout was the Giants' league-leading ninth of the season.

Snodgrass (10-4) gave up four hits -- a first-inning double to third baseman Kaleb Cowart and three singles -- while retiring 10 in a row in the middle innings. He sat down 17 straight in an April 20 outing at Bakersfield.

The 24-year-old left-hander, San Francisco's 27th-round pick in last year's Draft, walked one and struck out two. He recorded 12 outs on the ground and threw 64 of 101 pitches for strikes.

"We have seen these guys a few times," Snodgrass said of the 66ers, whom he beat them on May 6 but was pummeled for six runs over three innings on June 11. "We made in-game adjustments before they did. Coming in, we were thinking it can't get much worse [than the last start] tonight."

Since Snodgrass has increased his aggressiveness, the results have returned. He's 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings in his last three outings to lower his season mark to 4.20.

Giving Snodgrass an early cushion, the Giants scored seven runs in the second against Inland Empire starter Manny Correa (6-8).

"It's great to see that because when we're hitting the ball, we're a great team," the Austin Peay product said. "It's like, 'Just do your job.' I don't have to be spectacular for us to win."

Adam Duvall capped the big second inning with a three-run homer. He went deep twice in Friday's series-opening 11-6 win, giving him three longballs in a span of five at-bats and seven over his last 10 games. He has 23 overall, establishing a career high and tying Lancaster's Telvin Nash for the league lead.

"He is on fire right now," Snodgrass said, "and he's fun to watch."

Correa was charged with nine runs on 10 hits, recording two outs in the sixth before exiting.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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