Complete domination: Beede goes distance in shutout
Tyler Beede became the third pitcher in Flying Squirrels franchise history to pitch a nine inning, complete game shutout, leading the Squirrels (57-77) in a 4-0 win over Hartford (72-61) on Monday night at The Diamond. The Giants top-pitching prospect matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts and joined Mike MacDonald and Jack Snodgrass as the only pitchers to throw complete game shutouts. Chris Shaw and C.J Hinojosa provided the offensive punch with back-to-back homers in the win in front of 6,649 fans.
Starting pitcher Tyler Beede was in control from the beginning in his 23rd start of the year. Beede retired the side in order in the first inning and allowed just a bloop double to left field in the second. Through the first four innings, Beede induced six ground balls and struck out three. He had faced just one over the minimum entering the fifth. Rockies rehabbing right-hander Tyler Chatwood was also sharp to start and kept the ball on the ground. Chatwood, working his way back form a mild back sprain, allowed just a single to Christian Arroyo in the first and a base hit to Tyler Beede in the third. Chatwood was around the zone and used 40 pitches over the first three innings.
Richmond grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fifth by taking advantage of a few Hartford defensive miscues. Christian Arroyo worked a walk and moved to third on a misplayed bounding ball to second base off the bat of Chris Shaw. C.J Hinojosa then brought home Arroyo on an infield base hit. Richmond made it a 2-0 contest when Darren Ford reached on a soft ground ball and the shortstop Juan Ciriaco threw the ball away, allowing Shaw to score. Chatwood finished off the fourth and returned for the start of the fifth. The Rockies ten-game winner struck out the first batter of the fifth inning and was removed after 73 pitches. Chatwood (0-1 ) and allowed two runs (unearned) on four hits in the loss. He struck out three and walked just one.
Beede continued to sparkle on the mound throughout the night. The righty retired the side in the fifth inning and had retired 12 consecutive batters until awalk disrupted that stretch to start the sixth. Beede escaped the walk with another ground out and a pair of strikeouts to close out the sixth.
The Squirrels added another pair of runs off of reliever Devin Burke in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Shaw and C.J. Hinojosa teamed up for back-to-back solo home runs. Shaw’s blast sailed over the right field fence and Hinojosa’s homer was drilled deep beyond the left field wall for a 4-0 lead.
The four run advantage was more than enough for the talented Beede. The righty retired nine consecutive hitters heading into the ninth inning and entered the frame having used 82 pitches. He finally gave up his second hit of the game when Juan Ciriaco laid down a bunt base hit to start the ninth. Beede then punched out Omar Carrizales and Ryan McMahon for the first two outs in the ninth. Noel Cuevas then grounded out to third base to end the game. Beede (7-7) pitched a career-high nine innings on the night and allowed just two hits. He walked one and struck out 11 in the win.