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Tyler Beede stars with arm, legs, and bat in an elite pitching matchup.

Tyler Beede was showing off his premium athleticism last night in his duel with Lucas Giolito. I'll get to his pitching, and his untimely departure from the game, later. For now, let's check out the other aspects of Tyler's game. After Giolito had breezed through the order allowing just a walk in the first 2.1 IP, Beede came to the plate and got the offense started with not just a hit, but a stolen base to boot!

And if that wasn't enough, he scored the team's first run as well. Watch him fly! (PS, also, pretty cool that there's three consecutive years of 1st round picks in this CF camera shot)

The man's an Athlete.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede through 5 scoreless innings with 4 Ks. Michael Santos went a career high 8 IP.

Sacramento lost to the Las Vegas 51s (Mets), 1-0
losing their four game series, 1-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.283

CS

2b

Ramiro Pena

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.345

PH

Mac Williamson

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.349

SS

Hak-Ju Lee

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.340

.415 OBP

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Heston L 0-2

6.2

7

1

1

0

5

0

0

0

4.12

95

60

Chris Heston had his best outing of the year, going nearly 7 strong and allowing just one run while striking out 5. His one lone mistake, an RBI double to Mets #9 prospect Matt Reynolds, made him a bad luck loser as the RiverCats offense Cained him up good. But a stretched out, and in command, Heston is a positive thing to see at this point for sure.

The RiverCats offense was throttled by former Met (and former Mets #3 prospect) Rafael Montero. The control specialist who made his major league debut the day before Jacob DeGrom has gone from a major part of the Mets future to an after thought providing AAA depth, but he certainly mastered the Sacramento offense in this one. The RiverCats managed just 5 hits and 4 walks, with Gorkys Hernandez' double the lone XBH. The team actually had a surprising amount of scoring chances given that small output, but an 0 for 7 with RISP clinched the Caining.

That offense was, of course, missing red hot Jarrett Parker who was called up to San Francisco, and mostly missing Mac Williamson as well. Williamson ended up being a last hope for the team, getting a PH appearance with 2 outs in the 9th, hoping for a little HR magic, but a pop up to 2b sent the fans home on a bummer.

Well, I'm sure they still had a good time

* * *

Richmond lost to Harrisburg Senators (Nationals), 6-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

2b

Christian Arroyo

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.275

CF

Austin Slater

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.233

3b

Ryder Jones

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.248

P

Tyler Beede

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

SB (1)

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede

5.0

4

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

3.48

58

40

Tyler Mizenko L 0-1

1.2

2

3

3

1

1

0

1

0

4.00

26

14

Jake Smith

1.0

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

6.52

23

17

Lucas Giolito (Harrisburg)

6.0

4

2

2

1

4

0

1

0

4.74

79

56

The 16th overall pick of the 2012 draft and the 14th overall pick of the 2014 draft opposed each other in one of the best prospect pitching matchups of the night. And it delivered the goods. As long as Tyler Beede and Lucas Giolito were in the game it was a tense and extremely well pitched duel. Beede worked through a little traffic in the first two innings, getting DP grounders to bail himself out in both. But starting with the 2nd DP, he got on a roll. Ultimately he retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, including all four of his Ks on the night.  He wasn't missing a ton of bats (two of his Ks were against his opposing pitcher Giolito) but he was mixing all of his pitches brilliantly and pounding the strike zone with all of them relentlessly. His fastball sat comfortably at 93-94 through the night and he commanded it to the corners consistently. His last couple of games have probably been the best Beede has pitched since reaching AA.

And yes, as noted above, he also got the Squirrels first hit of the night, scored their first run deftly (with a play at the plate in fact), and stole a base. The man was everywhere! And then suddenly he was gone. His second time up a Giolito curveball failed to curve much. After a discussion with the manager and trainer, during which he seemed to be pointing to behind his ear, he was taken out of the game for precautions. A wonderful night cut short too quickly. I'll give you the video so you can see it. Scary for a second when he went to his knees but he was up quickly again and responsive with the trainers.

Other than Beede the Richmond hitters didn't have a whole lot of success with Giolito, but the one guy who had his number was Christian Arroyo, who singled twice of Giolito. The first one, a hard grounder off the mound and up the middle, brought in Beede with the first run. And the second hit, a line drive to left, set up the 2nd run when Austin Slater drilled an RBI double to deep left-center field. With the double and a walk, Slater has now been on base in 19 of the 20 games he's played this year.

That came in Giolito's final inning of work. This was the first time this year he had gone more than 4 innings, but like Beede he was extremely efficient with his pitch count. At the time that gave the Squirrels a 2-0 lead, but Tyler Mizenko almost immediately reversed the advantage, losing Beede his potential well-earned Pitcher Win (yes, ok, LOL). Some more poor relief work and some sloppy fielding led to runs in each of the final three innings for Harrisburg, and a desperate 9th inning rally wasn't quite enough for the, now, 10-20 Flying Squirrels, not flying so high at the moment. Though they still have lots of friends.

* * *

San Jose had a scheduled night off

They begin a very tough stretch of their schedule with a three-game series in Bakersfield tonight. They play 28 games over the next 27 games, with 17 of the first 19 games on the road. If they can survive that they're in good shape.

* * *

Augusta lost at Rome Braves 3-2 in 13 inn

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

2b

Jalen Miller

6

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

2

.243

1b

Dillon Dobson

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.283

DH

Miguel Gomez

4

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

.359

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Michael Santos

8.0

7

2

2

1

5

0

0

1

3.21

81

51

Tyler Cyr

3.2

0

0

0

1

4

0

1

0

2.82

54

33

Caleb Smith L

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

3.86

19

16

Michael Santos set a career high for innings pitched in this game -- by a lot! The 6.1 IP on April 19 of this year (also against Rome) had been his previous high for a game. In fact, the four longest outings of his career have come in his past five starts. This one was terrific. His arm looked loose and lively throughout. Here he is going up against Braves #26 prospect (and a guy I know David Lee absolutely loves) Ronald Acuna. He gets Acuna on a perfectly spotted fastball.

And here he is in his 8th and final inning picking up his final K on an offspeed pitch.

Santos fell out of favor with a lot of folks after last year's sore arm plagued season. But he's still just 20 years old (turning 21 at the end of the month) and extremely projectible, as the 6'4" righty still hasn't really begun to fill out. This is still a great looking young arm with a solid feel for pitching that folks shouldn't forget about. Since his opening day disaster start, Santos has pitched 31.1 IP over 5 starts, allowing 2 or fewer runs in 4 of them. And he's picked up 26 Ks to just 2 BBs over that time.

Tyler Cyr's K rate has fallen off a bit from the Ray Black-esque rate he was on at the beginning of the year. But he's still striking out 1 in every 3 batters he's facing on the year, and repeatedly goes multiple innings. This was his fourth appearance of the year in which he's gone 3 innings or more. In a bullpen that has been spotty at best so far this year, Cyr's been a real weapon.

Jalen Miller and Miguel Gomez paced the offense, such as it was, with three hits apiece while Dillon Dobson added two more. Miller's hits were all well struck, as he's started swinging a nice bat again lately. And if I may opine, he was also robbed of a walk on a brutal 3-1 pitch a foot outside called a strike. That led to one of his two Ks on the night. However, on the bright side he was also gifted a bit of a triple. Miller's hit a lot of fairly hard outs to OF this year, and my personal theory is that as he gets older and physically stronger a lot of these outs are going to turn into more damaging contact. Right now his strength is entirely in his hands, but that won't always be the case for the 19 year old. See if you agree with me.

Miller's triple came in the top of the 10th and led to yet another in what seem to be a series of close misses for the Greenjackets lately.  With Miller on third representing the go ahead run, Dillon Dobson struck out. And then Dylan Davis (who had already flown out to the 420' cut out in Greenville last weekend on what was nearly a game tying 3 run HR and instead was the game's final out) did this:

That play led to the ejection of Greenjackets manager Nestor Rojas, and it was rather noticeable that the instant replay suddenly didn't function on that catch. Hard to tell much of anything from that video feed. That was really the last real hope for an Augusta win in this one as they were forced to watch Rome walk it off against Caleb Smith in the 13th.

* * *

There's another terrific pitching matchup today in Rome -- this morning actually (it'll be over the time many of you read this) -- with Phil Bickford going up against Touki Toussaint in another matchup of first rounders. Breakfast baseball at it's best. Meanwhile, on the night shift, the RiverCats also go up against a former 1st rounder... long ago Phillies #1 pick Kyle Drabek. Meanwhile, San Jose travels to the shortest OF fences (and worst infield dirt) in all the minor leagues.

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Ty Blach vs. Kyle Drabek
Richmond: Kyle Crick vs. TBD
San Jose: Jason Forjet vs TBD
Augusta: Phil Bickford vs. Touki Toussaint