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Tyler Beede, young relievers show 'poise' in Giants' win vs. Dodgers

Tyler Beede, young relievers show 'poise' in Giants' win vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants faced Clayton Kershaw on Friday night and will see Walker Buehler on Sunday. In between, they got a reminder that this frightening Dodgers player development pipeline goes far beyond the names most fans already know. 

Tony Gonsolin, a hard-throwing right-hander with a Jeff Samardzija vibe, started on Saturday night. In the sixth, the Dodgers turned to another rookie, Dustin May, an even-harder-throwing right-hander who looks like Carrot Top but pitches like Noah Syndergaard. 

They are part of a future at Dodger Stadium that never seems to stop showing up. It's a roster the Giants will need to find a way to compete with one of these years, which is why they keep running Tyler Beede out there despite the struggles. 

The 26-year-old entered the night with a 7.05 ERA over his previous eight starts, but against the best team in the National League, Beede tossed five shutout innings. A young and inexperienced bullpen did the rest and the Giants walked away with a 1-0 win

Beede's night really came down to one sequence in the fifth, when manager Bruce Bochy showed remarkable confidence. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases ahead of MVP frontrunner Cody Bellinger, but Bochy let Beede try and figure it out, even though he had a bullpen full of fresh arms, particularly left-handed ones. As Andrew Suarez warmed up, Bellinger ended the inning. 

"His stuff was still good. He's had a tough go the last seven or eight starts, so that was hopefully a big out for him to get that win and get one of the best hitters out in the game with what was at stake," Bochy said. "I just wanted to give the kid a shot there, and he came through."

Beede opened up with two balls, but then reached back for a 95 mph fastball on the outer edge. Bellinger fouled it off of Stephen Vogt's glove. The battery went to the exact same location and Beede again pumped 95, this time getting a harmless fly ball to left. He walked off the mound without watching it land in Mike Yastrzemski's glove. 

"I think it was probably the pitch (Vogt) and I had the most confidence in at that point with command and location to get an out," Beede said. "He's a good fastball hitter. Very talented. To have the ability there to throw it on the corner and execute a couple fastballs was what I needed to do. I have a lot of respect for him. In that situation, going right after him was the plan. It worked out well."

The rest of the plan was one nobody could have seen coming. With Tony Watson nursing a sore hand and Will Smith down with a tight back, Bochy turned to four rookies and two left-handers who spent most of the season in Triple-A. 

Shaun Anderson dominated in the sixth, getting six swinging strikes in a clean frame. Tyler Rogers and Suarez got through the seventh, with Suarez coming back out to start the eighth. Sam Coonrod and Fernando Abad also pitched in that inning, with Abad getting Bellinger to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Jandel Gustave took the ninth, and after walking the leadoff batter, he got Kiké Hernandez to bounce into a game-ending double play.

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The Giants have taken two straight against the best team in the National League and have done so using mostly inexperienced pitchers. Bochy leaned back in his chair and smiled as he talked about them. This wasn't how he ever drew it up, but it sure worked beautifully.

"Those kids just did a terrific job today against a tough lineup," he said. "They kept their poise out there and made pitches all night."

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

The Giants and Dodgers' franchises have been around for a really long time.


On Monday, the two teams scored at least 16 runs on the same day for the first time since May 20, 1896.


In 1896, they were the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Yes, Bridegrooms (According to Merriam-Webster, a "bridegroom" is "a man just married or about to be married").

On this day in 2019, the San Francisco Giants scored 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader in Colorado against the Rockies. They would add two more runs in their Game 2 win. As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2.

Brandon Crawford led the offensive outburst for the Giants as he homered three times and drove in nine runs in the doubleheader.

In Philadelphia, Cody Bellinger crushed two more homers and now has 33 this season.

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Considering how long the Giants and Dodgers have been around, and how much they've accomplished, it's pretty impressive that there was still something they hadn't done over the last 123 years.

Tyler Beede's long journey culminates with first big league win vs. Dodgers

Tyler Beede's long journey culminates with first big league win vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants-Dodgers rivalry is not currently competitive in the standings, but as Bruce Bochy looked around Monday afternoon, he still saw an environment that would test his young right-handers. The Dodgers are the best team in the National League, the favorite to reach the World Series for a third straight year, and they play in a historic ballpark that drew more than 40,000 on a weeknight. 

Bochy was curious about how rookie right-handers Shaun Anderson and Tyler Beede would handle it, and before batting practice, he noted that Dodger Stadium "is a place where they should expect to pitch a lot in the future."

Anderson will face Clayton Kershaw here on Tuesday night. But Beede came first, kicking off a four-game series against veteran Kenta Maeda. 

"This is going to be a great experience for him, pitching here," Bochy said. 

For Beede, it was more than an experience. It was a night he'll never forget.

Drafted 14th overall in 2014, Beede finally got his first win in the big leagues. He limited the Dodgers to one run over six innings as the Giants held on 3-2, becoming just the fourth Giants pitcher to get his first big league win at Dodger Stadium. 

"They were busting my chops in there saying, you know, we've been waiting two months. I said I've been waiting a couple of years for this," Beede said, smiling. "What I've always wanted is to contribute to this team and be someone that they can rely on to throw out there every five days, so this more than anything just solidifies perseverance and my ability to come back after a rough year and be a guy that they can look to contribute to this team.

"It means a lot. At this point last year I was at a position where I didn't feel as confident as I do right now, as comfortable. Yeah, this moment means a lot."

It also showed a lot. Beede walked five, but he allowed just three hits and struck out seven, showing his power repertoire against a lineup that should be the toughest test he faces this season. 

"I'm proud of the kid," Bochy said. "He came in here and pitched well."

The Dodgers have the most dangerous left-handed lineup in the National League, and on Monday the right-handed Beede saw an imposing setup. Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo led off, followed by Matt Beaty, who was a surprise choice as the No. 3 hitter, but was there perhaps because Beaty sounds like Beede. MVP frontrunner Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy made up the heart of the order. 

That's as tough as it gets if you're a right-hander in this league, but Beede mostly kept the group in check. Muncy hit a long solo homer and Pederson nearly yanked one around the pole, but in all those first five hitters went just 2-for-11, with the homer, an infield single, four walks, and two strikeouts. 

Beede averaged 94.9 mph with his fastball and topped out above 96, and the big curveball played off his heater perfectly. He threw 19 curves, getting 12 strikes, including six swings-and-misses. Five of the Dodgers' seven strikeouts against Beede came on the curveball. 

"Everything plays off of fastball location," Beede said. "When I'm locating my heater down and away and riding it up, I think that makes the curve just as good."

Beede said he focused on tunneling his three pitches, making them look the same coming out of his hand. That led to some awkward swings on the curveball, but also some bad ones on fastballs. Verdugo went down on a 95 mph heater at the letters in the fifth. Bellinger flied out on a 96 mph fastball in on his hands with a runner on. 

Beede's fastball had a touch more life, and he said he felt the adrenaline that came with a start at Dodger Stadium. But he kept his calm, only breaking from character after the game when he showed his excitement over his first career win. Per tradition, Beede was hauled into the showers, drenched with a variety of liquids that he could not identify except to call them "really cold."

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The eyes stung when it was all over, and Beede momentarily misplaced his cell phone. But it was all worth it. It's been a long road to his first win, but Beede finally has it in the books. 

"Being where I am," he said, "It's where I always wanted to be."