— Ryan Gorcey (@RyanGorcey) September 14, 2019
ORACLE PARK — Tyler Beede gnawed at his gum and kept his head down as Lou Seal gyrated atop the San Francisco Giants dugout, and the Oracle Park crowd stood to give him a standing ovation.
“I’m still just locked in at that point,” said Beede, who at that point, had thrown 87 pitches and struck out five.
In his second strong outing after a brutal eight-start stretch, Beede threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins in Friday’s 1-0 win. It was the Giants’ big-league-leading fifth such win on the season, and Beede’s second in a row.
“Backing it up, and repeating your pitches, he did it again tonight,” Bochy said. “Good stuff, good fastball, had good life to it, good breaking ball. Really nice job carrying that game in L.A. into this one.”
Beede had gone 0-6 with 29 earned runs over 37 innings from July 24 to Sept. 2. Then, he re-tooled his approach. He got more aggressive. He started letting his arm work, getting back to the tempo he’d established during spring training.
In his outing at Dodger Stadium last week, 26-year-old righty was something he hadn’t been since an eight-inning July 19 start against the New York Mets: Effective. Though he only lasted five innings, he held the dangerous Dodgers to four hits and no runs, striking out five. The only reason he wasn’t allowed to go longer was because he hadn’t gone past the sixth inning since that July 19 start.
On Friday, Beede did something he hadn’t done with any consistency this season: He truly commanded the zone. His confidence translated from the Dodgers outing, and after pregame warmups, catcher Buster Posey made a point to tell Beede exactly that.
An easy arm action gave his ball late life down in the zone, and he was able to work both sides of the plate with ease, getting jam shots and swinging bunts, as well as called strikes on the edges. He faced just one over the minimum through five.
“The work that I put in is all about going out there feeling comfortable, and kind of looking that way and feeling not like I have to force pitches but just be free and easy,” Beede said. “To have my tempo back allows me to just repeat everything a lot easier and will help me going forward.”
Beede was able to work all four quadrants on Friday night, getting eight called strikes with his fastball alone. He kept his pitch count down, too, thanks to just 12 foul balls, and didn’t let a man advance past first base, allowing three singles and just one walk.
Beede, though, did get some help. After allowing his first hit — a second-inning bloop to right by Starlin Castro — he got a a Mauricio Dubon-sparked double play (Dubon’s alert tag would later snag a stealing Magneuris Sierra in the seventh). He was also the beneficiary of a sliding grab in right by Mike Yastrzemski in the third and a long running catch in the left-center field gap by Stephen Vogt in the fourth. When Vogt returned to the dugout, the catcher by trade got a good ribbing from Beede.
“I told him he’s looking nimble out there, and he laughed, too,” Beede said.
Vogt led off the sixth with a double off the base of the right field wall (his second leadoff hit of the day), and rode home on a bouncing RBI single through the left side by Buster Posey, hitting sixth for the first time since 2010, to put San Francisco up 1-0. That was good enough.
Beede exited after walking Harold Ramirez, giving way to sumbarining 28-year-old rookie Tyler Rogers to record the final two outs of the frame. Former Florida Gators closer and erstwhile rookie starter Shaun Anderson struck out one in a quick ninth for his second big league save.
“This is the time for these guys to shine, to show that they belong up here,” Bochy said. “It was a really nice job by the three kids today.”
After posting an ERA north of 8.00 over his first six appearances this season, and posting a 7.05 ERA during his most recent stretch of trouble, Beede has not allowed a run in his last 12 1/3 innings, giving up just seven hits and striking out 11. While he didn’t show it coming off the mound, he was relieved. It was his first win since July 14.
“I don’t know when the proper time is to tip my cap to the fans,” Beede said. “But I was appreciative of the ovation.”
Beede gave a lot of credit to Rogers for another hold. He now has four since bing called up. Since his walk-out song is, appropriately enough, The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” a joke has developed on the team.
“We joke all the time whenever he gets a hold, throw out the yellow football flag: ‘Holding! Rogers!’ Another one!” Beede said. “Hopefully that’s a joke we can continue to throw out there … What you see from him now is what he’s done his whole career in the minor leagues, and I’m so super happy for him to be able to come up here and just continue to be Tyler Rodgers.”