Auburn product hurls five strong innings for River Cats

TACOMA, Wash. — Tyler Beede earned his first win of the 2019 season as the Sacramento River Cats picked up a 4-2 win on the road Saturday night.

The right-hander from Auburn held the Tacoma Rainiers to one run on three hits, two walks, and one hit batter over five innings of work at Cheney Stadium, home of the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Beede, making his fifth start of the year for the River Cats, left the game with a 3-1 lead after throwing 82 pitches, 52 of which were thrown for strikes.

Tacoma’s lone run of the San Francisco Giants pitching prospect came in the second inning on a wild pitch. Austin Nola led off the frame with a base hit, stealing second base as Beede struck out Tim Lopes. After Kristopher Negron drew a seven-pitch walk, Nola advanced to third base on a fly ball off the bat of Ian Miller. With two out and men on the corners, Tacoma’s Braden Bishop came to the plate and struck out swinging, but not before Beede unfurled a wild pitch that let Nola cross the plate and give the Rainiers a brief 1-0 lead.

The River Cats fought back in the the next inning, putting up three runs off Tacoma’s Reggie McClain.

Beede found himself in trouble in the fifth inning as Miller hit a one-out double before Bishop was hit by a pitch to put the potential tying run aboard with Eric Young Jr. due up. Young, who has played in parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues, drove a 1-1 pitch into the ground, hitting into an inning-ending double play.

Beede was done after five innings, hitting the clubhouse with a 3-1 lead and in line for the win. For the sixth inning, he was replaced on the mound by reliever Steven Okert, who has pitched in 70 games over parts of three seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Okert’s first pitch of the game was right down the middle and clubbed by J.P. Crawford for a solo home run, cutting Sacramento’s lead to 3-1.

The River Cats would ultimately win the game, 4-2. With the win, Beede improves to 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA on the young season.

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