Auburn native hit hard, pulled in third inning

📸 Beede delivers the first of two pitches hit for a home run off the bat of Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich.

CINCINNATI — Tyler Beede’s first big league start of 2019 was not what he and his many fans in the Auburn area had hoped for.

Beede lasted just 2 1/3 innings for the San Francisco Giants after getting hit hard by the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Friday night. The right-hander gave up eight runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three in his brief outing. He threw 41 of 65 pitches for strikes and gave up a pair of three-run home runs.

The game got off to a good start for Beede, striking out six-time MLB All Star slugger Joey Votto on four pitches before retiring Nick Senzel on a fly ball to center field. Two up, two down.

That requisite third out, however, would prove elusive. Jesse Winkler and Yasiel Puig hit consecutive two-out singles and Derek Dietrich capitalized by swatting a three-run home run to right-center field, putting Cincinnati up 3-0 over San Francisco in the first inning.

The second inning was much smoother for Beede, striking out Kyle Farmer, getting opposing pitcher Sonny Gray to ground out to second base, and then striking out Tucker Barnhart for a 1-2-3 inning.

In the third inning, Beede again got the better of Votto by inducing a ground out to first base. It was then, after retiring the last five batters faced, that trouble began brewing once again.

Senzel worked a seven-pitch walk and was quickly pushed into scoring position on a Winkler double. Puig reached on a fielder’s choice that pushed Senzel across the plate for a run before Dietrich clubbed his second home run of the game, another three-run shot. After a Jose Iglesias double threatened to keep the hits coming for the Reds, the Giants called time and held a mound visit in hopes of giving Beede the opportunity to regroup while the San Francisco bullpen worked to get someone ready in relief.

The mound visit didn’t do much to help Beede, who then gave up a RBI single to Farmer. With Gray at the plate, Beede uncorked a wild pitch to move Farmer into scoring position before the Reds hurler drew a five-pitch walk.

Beede’s night was over with eight runs already charged and two more men on base with just one out in the third inning. Fortunately for Beede’s pitching line, Giants pitcher Nick Vincent was able to stop the bleeding by striking out Barnhart and retiring Votto on a line drive to center field to end the inning.

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