Jankins continues development while Fossas struggles

From time to time, The Citizen Chronicle will provide updates on how some area faces are doing as professional baseball players.

Tyler Beede, RHP — San Francisco Giants (MLB)

Beede took the mound for his second big league start of the year, the fourth of his Major League Baseball career. The right-hander from Auburn was strong, putting together the best start of the 26-year-old’s young career. Beede held the Miami Marlins to one run on five hits and three walks while striking out four over six innings. While the start was good enough to pick up a win on many nights, the game was tied, 1-1, when San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy sent Reyes Moronta to relieve Beede, who had thrown 94 pitches in the game. The Giants would score two runs in the next inning and win the game, 3-1.

While his pursuit of that first big league win will continue, Beede did manage to collect his first big league hit. He singled, sneaking a ground ball just past the glove of a drawn-in Miami thirdbaseman for that first hit. He is now 1-for-5 with a walk and one strikeout as a batter.

Beede is 0-1 with a 7.82 ERA in four appearances for San Francisco this season. He has struggled in two relief appearances, tagged with a loss on May 9 in Colorado and posting a 6.23 ERA in 4 1/3 innings of work out of the bullpen. His first appearance of the season was a start in Cincinnati on May 3, getting hit hard by the Reds in a 12-11 Giants win. He was hit for eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings in that first start.

Thomas Jankins, RHP — San Antonio Missions (AAA)

Jankins has now made seven starts for the San Antonio Missions, the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 22 batters in 38 innings.

The Quaboag product most recently took the mound on May 27 in the first game of a double-header against the Memphis Redbirds in Tennessee. The Missions picked up a 3-1 victory with Jankins credited with a win. The 23-year-old right-hander held Memphis to one run on three hits and three walks over six innings, striking out three.

It was the best appearance for Jankins since May 9, when he held the New Orleans Baby Cakes to two unearned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings.

Aaron Fossas, RHP — Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)

Fossas has struggled with the AA-affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds this spring, posting a hefty 7.15 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings of work over 16 relief appearances, with a 3-2 record. There has been, however, some improved results in recent weeks.

The 26-year-old Dudley native’s last outing came May 29 against the Jackson Generals, an intra-state rival for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Fossas was charged with one run on two hits in one inning of work in a 4-0 Chattanooga loss in Jackson. Fossas was greeted with back-to-back doubles before retiring the next three batters to avoid a big inning.

In his last five appearances, Fossas is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA, striking out seven and issuing one walk over 8 1/3 innings. Prior to those last five outings, Fossas featured a bloated 10.05 ERA that had swelled significantly over late April through mid-May.

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