Right-hander Lance McCullers, the Astros' No. 6 prospect, threw six scoreless innings Friday in Game 2 of the California League championship series and Class A Lancaster defeated Visalia, 3-0. With the victory, the JetHawks evened the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
McCullers, ranked No. 78 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out one batter, walked one and scattered seven hits. He induced 11 groundouts and earned the victory.
During the regular season, McCullers went 3-6 with a 5.47 ERA in 25 appearances. He struck out 115 batters and walked 56 in 97 innings. Despite not throwing enough innings to qualify for the California League ERA title, McCullers ranked 11th in the circuit in strikeouts.
Lancaster took the lead Friday in the sixth against Visalia starter John Omahen. Rio Ruiz led off the inning with a walk and Tyler White followed with a home run to left. The JetHawks tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.
Ruiz, the Astros' No. 9 prospect, went 0-for-2 with three walks. White went 1-for-3 with two walks.
The series shifts to Lancaster on Saturday for Game 3. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT. Right-hander Vincent Velasquez, the Astros' No. 8 prospect, is slated to start for the JetHawks.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.