Friedrich Solid In Modesto Debut

May 31, 2009 | 11:47 am | 1  

Left-hander Christian Friedrich made his high Class A Modesto debut Saturday, pitching at Inland Empire where he limited that Dodgers’ affiliate to five hits and three runs, two earned, in seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

He was not involved in the decision, as the Nuts won 5-4 in 10 innings. The 25th player taken in the 2008 draft, Friedrich was understandably revved up early in his start and struggled for three innings but allowed one hit and one run over the final four innings.

He threw 100 pitches, 62 for strikes. Friedrich averaged 91 mph with his fastball, throwing it 35 of 62 times for strikes. His curveball (23, 16 strikes) and slider (8, five strikes) were plus pitches, while his changeup was average.

Friedrich was promoted from low Class A Asheville where he went 3-3 in eight starts with a 2.18 ERA and 15 walks and 66 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings.

At Double-A Tulsa, Jhoulys Chacin, who is 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA, pitched well Saturday to finish May with a 2-1 record and 2.52 ERA in six starts. Chacin gave up seven hits and two runs in seven innings against Midland and left after 85 pitches, including 57 strikes. But the Drillers, leading 9-2 after seven innings, gave up seven runs in the eighth and lost 11-9 in 13 innings.

Chacin threw 34 of 54 fastballs for strikes, averaging 91 mph with a range from 88-94 mph. He also had plus command of his curveball (18, 13 strikes) and changeup (13, 10 strikes).

Tulsa shortstop Chris Nelson was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist to clear a spot on the roster for left-handed reliever Adam Bright (left shoulder).

Nelson, who played at Tulsa last year, was injured sliding into second base May 8, returned on May 19 but after four games again left the lineup. He’s hitting .280 with five doubles, two triples, four homers and 17 RBI in 29 games.

Drillers third baseman Darin Holcomb hit his first homer on his 150th at-bat of the season Friday. He made the jump to Tulsa from low Class A Asheville, where he hit .318 with 14 homers and 102 RBI was the most valuable player in the South Atlantic League.

Holcomb, who began the season 1-for-20 with Tulsa, is hitting .226 with one homer, nine doubles, 15 RBI in 45 games and a .302 slugging percentage. He has shown the plate discipline of a year ago (65 walks and 60 strikeouts) with 15 walks and 16 strikeouts in 159 at-bats.

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  • MADness | May 31, 2009 | 4:05 pm

    I love these updates.

    After Chacin’s abnormal stretch of dominance last season his early struggles in Tulsa appeared worse than they really were. It is good to see him make adjustments after finally facing some adversity again.