RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - I'm sure Eric Surkamp will look back fondly at his time in Richmond. But you can't blame him that he's excited that he won't don the Black and Red for his next start.
Surkamp was scratched from his start against the Akron Friday night, because he's getting called up to the Giants to pitch against the Astros Saturday.
Surkamp has been one of the best pitchers in the Eastern League this season. He's leading the league in ERA (2.02) and strikeouts (165). He's had plus stuff for the entire year, but Squirrels manager Dave Machemer and Giants brass wanted to see Surkamp have better control of his fastball. That improved as the year went on, as he started throwing more fastballs, instead of relying on his curveball and changeup.
He's in high demand for the Giants, because their left-handed starters - Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez - have struggled this season.
Without Surkamp Friday night, Squirrels spot starter David Quinowski struggled mightily. The Aeros scored five runs in the bottom of the first, and beat the Squirrels 7-5. The Baysox were losers Friday, so the Squirrels remain one and a half games out of the wild card spot.