UPDATED 5:25 p.m.
ORACLE PARK — In what was shaping up to be his best start of the season, San Francisco Giants right-hander Tyler Beede had to exit Thursday’s 8-3 win suddenly due to injury.
After striking out Colorado Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon for his seventh K in 3 1/3 innings, Beede grabbed his left side and took his glove off. Trainer Dave Groeschner came running out, and Beede was removed after walking around the mound for a minute.
Beede was still undergoing an MRI on his left oblique during the media’s postgame time in the clubhouse, and would not be done untilafter 6 p.m., the Giants said. There was no immediate diagnosis.
“When I went out there, I told him, it was probably the wrong time, but he was throwing a no-hitter,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Beede — who made his big league debut late last season — had thrown 113 2/3 innings coming into Thursday with a 5.23 ERA. Hot and cold much of the year, Beede at times displayed brilliance — shutting out the Los Angeles Dodgers for eight innings — and at other times had little command and control, allowing five or more earned runs in starts of five or fewer innings four times.
“Sure, there were some growing pains, but I think it’s getting so much better here,” manager Bruce Bochy said before the game. “The last four starts, he really started pounding the strike zone and pitching with more confidence.”
On Thursday, Beede allowed just one baserunner on a wild pitch while striking out Yonathan Daza. He didn’t allow a walk or a hit, topped out at 96.8 mph with his fastball and flashed a variety of curves, getting got six swinging strikes and four called strikes on the 19 pitches classified as curveballs.
“It’s too bad, it really was a bad break,” Bochy said. “This was as good of stuff as as he’s thrown this year. He was really locked in with all his pitches.”
While Beede’s last start against the Atlanta Braves was less-than-stellar (six earned runs in six innings), his outings have been solid more often than not in the final month of the season. He finishes September having gone 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 24 2/3 innings, striking out 14. His exceptional four-pitch mix is why San Francisco has given him every chance in the rotation this season.
“You look at the numbers, you say, this hasn’t been a great year,” Bochy said. “But, I think you look at his most recent work, today, especially. In Atlanta, they they got him for some long balls, but really, even in that game, I was happy with the fact that he attacked the strike zone. He’s been his own worst enemy, not throwing strikes, pitching around the hitters I think a little bit, but you can see how his confidence grew. And he’s gone out there, attacking hitters, and we saw what he can do with that kind of stuff.”
Beede left with a 1-0 lead, and reliever Burch Smith allowed a single and an RBI triple, so Beede will have nothing to do with the decision.