By Morris Phillips
Eight years after Tyler Beede was drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft and five years after he was again drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft and subsequently signed with the Giants, the 26-year old is a winner at the Major League level for the first time.
The likelihood Beede’s long wait for success at the highest level would end on Monday in Dodgers Stadium against the NL West division leaders?
Highly unlikely, but the mysterious and unpredictable workings of the grand old game were clearly in play.
Beede pitched a gem, a 180 degrees turn from his previous six starts in 2019, only one of which was above average, a no-decision against the Marlins in which he departed after six innings trailing 1-0. The former Vanderbilt star’s unsightly 8.10 ERA increased the pressure upon his outing Monday, as another subpar performance could have triggered a demotion to Triple-A Sacramento.
Beede’s curveballs and off-speed offerings played big as he struck out seven, and survived five walks and three hits, with the only damage coming on Max Muncy’s solo shot in the second that narrowed the Giants’ lead to 2-1.
Beede struck out Clay Bellinger looking in the second, and fanned Chris Taylor and Kiki Hernandez twice. Bellinger, the National League’s leading hitter with a .355 average and 23 home runs, was limited to one hit, a double off Tony Watson in the eighth. Bellinger would then score, trimming the Giants’ lead to 3-2.
Beede departed after six innings and 97 pitches, leading 3-1. He became only the fourth Giants’ pitcher to pick up the first win of his career in Dodgers Stadium, following Shawn Estes, Larry Carter and John Burkett.
“I’ll remember this game forever and to do it in this stadium against this team makes it extra special,” Beede said.
“It’s great to see these guys get called up and get their first win,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who displayed a little strut in his stride, after closer Will Smith struck out pinch hitter Kyle Garlick to end it.
Brandon Crawford doubled home a pair of runs in the second, and the Giants added an insurance run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit, as Taylor’s throwing error allowed Tyler Austin to race home from second base.
Kenta Maeda took the loss despite allowing just three hits and two earned runs in five innings of work.
The Giants evened the season series with the Dodgers, 5-5, and have won 10 of 16 overall, their best stretch of the season. The Dodgers had won 28 of 35 at home prior to Monday’s loss.
“We just took five walks from Beede and couldn’t put any other offense together,” manager Dave Roberts said.
Pablo Sandoval departed early after his hand was stepped on by Muncy in the fifth. Sandoval needed four stitches to close the bloody cut, and is listed as day-to-day on the injury report.
Shaun Anderson, looking for his third win, will pitch Tuesday in the second game of the four-game series opposed by Clayton Kershaw, looking to improve his record to 7-1.