Coonrod called up, Suarez optioned

Andrew Suarez made a brief visit with the San Francisco Giants and was sent back to AAA Sacramento. Reliever Sam Coonrod has been recalled for the first time in his career.

Suarez made 2 starts for the Giants this week and lost both starts with just 7 strikeouts in 10 innings of work while allowing 10 earned runs off 13 hits. Suarez will rejoin the RiverCats and look to improve his game before being called back up. Suarez made 29 starts last year and was 7-13 with a 4.49 ERA in 160.1 innings pitched and hurled 130 strikeouts with just 45 walks.

Sam Coonrod will make the big league club for the first time in his career. He was drafted by the Giants in 2014 out of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the 5th round. He has been down with the Rivercats this year and is 0-4 in 18 games with 2 saves and a 7.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. Overall as a minor leaguer, he owns a 21-26 record in 114 games and 71 starts with 380 strikeouts and a ERA of 3.61 while pitching 413.2 innings. 

The righthander joins a bullpen that is seeking an arm that can quiet down opponents and not allow big innings. The Giants pitching staff ranks 21st in the MLB with a 4.63 ERA and opponents are hitting .250 off them which ranks 20th in the league.

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