It had been awhile since Tyler Beede made a truly dominating-type start in 2016 for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. So naturally, he decided to pitch eight insanely efficient, shutout innings with Giants' Executive Vice President Brian Sabean in the house. Beede's game score of 81 was by far his best of the season, eclipsing a 62-game score performance back on May 9. His eight scoreless frames came not as a result of dominating strikeout stuff, but by pitching to contact and getting help from his defense.
"I think the combination of Bowie being really aggressive early in counts and me just throwing quality pitches down in the zone allowed me to get some soft contact," Beede told the MiLB after the game. "At the same time, even if I was making some mistakes, our defense played incredible. The defense being on their toes all game made it nice and quick on the mound."
Tyler Horan's catch down the left field line in foul territory was a perfect example of the incredible defense to which Beede was referring. Then, to end the eighth inning, Myles Schroder made a diving catch in center field and proceeded to double off the runner, Beede's only walk of the day, at second base.
Beede did record two strikeouts, which was his lowest total in a qualifying start since July 20, 2015, but it was the plethora of soft contact on seven ground ball outs and seven fly ball outs that allowed the right-hander to only need 73 pitches in eight innings. Just three Baysox players reached base during the course of the evening; an error in the fourth, a double in the sixth, and a walk in the eighth.
His eight innings were a career high, and he surely could have pitched the ninth but it was Ray Black's day to pitch and Giants personnel wanted to make sure he got his work in. Black finished the job, striking out two to earn his fifth save of the year.
He was leaving the slider and fastball up in the zone facing the first batter of the ninth, but got lucky when Glynn Davis got under a high fastball and lofted it into left field for the first out. Black then settled in, mostly hitting his spots during the next two at-bats (with the occasional Black wildness that we're accustomed to) and capped off the outing with a swinging strikeout on a 99 mph fastball in the bottom half of the zone. Black's first strikeout came on a beautiful slider that he threw to the back foot of left-handed Henry Urrutia.
— Making the trek from Richmond, Va. to El Paso, Texas on Thursday was rising Giants' prospect Austin Slater, who made it in time to join the River Cats lineup to bat third in the order and play left field. Slater struck out three times, but picked up two hits, including a double, which is his ninth of the season.
— Christian Arroyo recorded two more hits, raising is average to .286 and making it nine multi-hit games in his last 14 tries. His first inning double brings his season total to 14, which is fifth best in the Eastern League.
— San Jose beat Visalia 3-1 on the back of Mark Reyes, who pitched his second consecutive stellar outing. One earned run came in on three hits and three walks over seven innings, while Jose Vizcaino homered for the fifth time and Ronnie Jebavy reached base three times with three singles.
— Bonus non-Giants prospect footage! Tim Lincecum made his Angels' organizational debut, pitching five innings in his home state of Washington. Facing the Tacoma Rainiers, Lincecum began the night strangely, allowing singles to the first two batters, issuing a walk, and slipping on the mound to balk home a run. Next came a sacrifice fly, a ground out, and a strikeout in a 27-pitch first frame. Lincecum was actually pretty good the rest of the night, topping out at 88 pitches and allowing one hit and two walks over the next four innings.
Here's Lincecum striking out Boog Powell in the fourth.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, R, 2B
- Tyler Beede: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-3, RBI, BB
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 3 SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, SO
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4, SO