Tyler Beede‘s Major League debut for the San Francisco Giants was strong, considering he was facing one of the hottest teams in baseball in the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After allowing two runs early, the former San Francisco Giants first round pick settled in and manufactured his way out of some jams to pitch four innings, allowing just the two runs, only three hits, walking five and striking out three and one hit batsman.
Beede seemed to struggle early to throw his change up for strikes, but he continued to battle. Not only did he battle, but he continued to throw all of his pitches. Overall, he threw 87 pitches, 45 for strikes and reached a three ball count nine times. Despite some trouble throwing strikes, he found ways to get outs, which is a great sign for the first year pitcher.
With Buster Posey giving Beede the signs, he continued to challenge him to stick with his pitches and it worked. Despite allowing some base runners in each of the next three innings, he did not allow another run.
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In the fourth, Daniel Descalso and Nick Ahmed started the inning with a line out and a fly out and nearly had his first three up, three down inning of the night. Pitcher Patrick Corbin walked for the second time of the night and a Dyson single brought pitching coach Curt Young out for the second time. With Paul Goldschmidt on deck, it was likely Beede’s final hitter if he did not find a way to get Martel. Beede only needed one more pitch to end the inning, as Martel grounded out to Evan Longoria.
It turned out to be his final hitter anyway, but it showed a lot that he could stay poised and work his way out of the jam. Pitching out of the stretch in each of his four innings, Beede did not let the game get away from him and kept the Giants in the game.
One of the hardest tests to pass for a rookie pitcher in the big leagues is to stay calm with runners on in a close game and Beede passed that test with flying colors.
Beede began the game with a first pitch strike which Posey immediately handed to the umpire so the team could save the ball for the rookie. He then induced a ground out from Jarrod Dyson for his first major league out. Kelby Tomlinson made a sensational diving play at the edge of the outfield grass to record the put out.
After Ketel Marte walked and Paul Goldschmidt singled up the middle, Beede was in his first jam. A.J. Pollock worked the count full before lacing a double down the left field line. With the runners moving on the 3-2 pitch, it was quickly 2-0 Diamondbacks. After that, Pollock stole third with just the one out.
To Tyler’s credit, he worked around the early trouble and minimized the damage to keep the game 2-0. He struck out Alex Avila for his first major league strikeout and then Chris Owings flied out to end the first.
This may be just a spot start for Beede, with Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija both expected to be ready to pitch by their next turn in the rotation. If this ends up being just a one night call up, Beede showed enough to warrant a return trip to the majors this season.