Beck befuddles the Blue Rocks
The Dash cruised past Wilmington 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem starter Chris Beck was the star of the evening. He tossed the second nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present).
Here are some of Beck’s thoughts after the best outing of his minor league career, along with some more notes on his gem and the Dash’s big win.
- Since 2009, the only other nine-inning complete game shutout by a Dash hurler came on June 25, 2012. Righty Matt Heidenreich, who was traded to Houston’s organization a month later, scattered four hits in an 8-0 win over Salem at BB&T Ballpark.
- Beck became the third Dash pitcher to work nine innings in a single game, joining Heidenreich and Terry Doyle. Doyle allowed just one unearned run in nine innings on June 1, 2011, against Potomac, which resulted in just a no decision.
- In 17 innings against Wilmington this season, Beck has yet to allow a run. During those two outings, both of which have come at home, Beck has scattered just nine hits.
- Beck’s seven strikeouts matched a career high, which he also reached on August 7, 2012, while with rookie-level Great Falls. He had not surpassed the six-whiff mark in any of his previous 11 starts in 2013.
- After dropping to 2-6 on the season on May 16, Beck has won four straight starts. In his first eight outings, Beck received only 23 runs of support, while the righty has gotten 44 runs in his last four outings.
- Winston-Salem collected its league-leading seventh shutout win of the campaign on Friday night. The Dash are tied for second in High-A baseball in shutouts, trailing only Fort Myers (8).
What an effort from Chris Beck. We’ll talk to you tomorrow.