Beede as advertised in River Cats debut

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

Tyler Beede has prided himself in being efficient and pitching to contact for the bulk of his years as a pro. Sunday afternoon's Triple-A debut was a testament to that plan. He cruised through six innings using just 80 pitches, allowing zero walks and five singles while forcing seven ground ball outs. Four of those five singles came in the fifth inning, which is precisely where Beede's one earned run crossed the plate. But aside from that, he surrendered just two baserunners over the other five innings.

In 2016, Beede averaged 8.1 ground ball outs per start and had a ground ball percentage of 47%. Major league average is 44%.

The top of the order provided six of the team's 10 hits as Kelby Tomlinson and Christian Arroyo each tallied three singles, while Kyle Blanks' three-run home run in the eighth gave the River Cats some breathing room.

OTHER NOTES

Kyle Crick began his Triple-A tenure on a positive note, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning. The outing marks another move for Crick back to the bullpen, as he pitched the entirety of 2016 in the Richmond Flying Squirrels rotation following his original move from the rotation to the pen in 2015.

— Two more singles for Miguel Gomez in Sunday's Flying Squirrels ballgame, but more importantly, he has yet to strike out in 13 plate appearances. In 2016, Gomez finished the year with an 11.3% strikeout rate, which was good enough for fourth best in the organization.

— The San Jose Giants erupted for 15 runs on 16 hits — half of which were extra-base hits. Jonah Arenado went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double while Johneshwy Fargas also finished 2-for-5, but with a double and a triple. Other home runs were provided by Ryan Howard and Aramis Garcia, who had three hits for the second straight game.

Gio Brusa is off to a slow start for the Baby Giants, recording just one hit in 17 plate appearances, though he has drawn five walks.

— The Augusta GreenJackets are 0-4 as their fourth game against the Columbia Fireflies was a bit doomed from the start thanks to three runs and four walks allowed by flame-throwing Melvin Adon before the second inning concluded. Adon did struggle with the free pass in 2016, averaging 4.5 per nine innings with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  2. Christian Arroyo: 3-for-4, R, SO
  3. Bryan Reynolds: DNP
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, 2B
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Ty Blach: DNP
  12. Steven Okert: DNP
  13. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  14. Matt Krook: DNP
  15. Aramis Garcia: 3-for-5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  17. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  18. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  19. Austin Slater: 0-for-4, 2 SO
  20. Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-4, SO
  21. Dan Slania: DNP
  22. Cory Taylor: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  23. Chris Stratton: DNP
  24. Chase Johnson: DNP
  25. Jalen Miller: DNP
  26. Melvin Adon: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 0 K
  27. Garrett Williams: DNP
  28. Dylan Davis: DNP
  29. Ryder Jones: DNP
  30. Hunter Cole: 1-for-3, RBI

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