Since starting the season with the AAA Red Sox, Jalen Beeks was called up for two appearances with Boston before being traded to Tampa Bay. After being roughed up in his first three big league outings, he has posted a 3-0 record and allowed only 8 runs in the last 24.1 innings (2.91 ERA) and struck out 22 batters. The Rays have experimented with a different philosophy on pitching rotation this season with their relief pitchers starting games, pitching one or two innings, and giving way to starting pitchers to pitch the bulk of the rest of the game.
Tempers have been flaring between the Marlins and Braves, and Brian Anderson has found himself in the middle of it all. After exchanging hit batsmen among two Rookie of the Year candidates in Anderson and Ronald Acuña Jr. on Thursday, Anderson was able to deliver a large blow Saturday with a pinch hit, game deciding 2-run home run in the 7th inning, giving him 10 home runs and 56 RBI on the season.
Dallas Keuchel delivered another quality start this week to earn his 10th win of the season. He lasted 7 innings and allowed 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
There was an interesting play to note this week when the Rays were playing the Red Sox. Andrew Benintendi drew a walk to lead off the 6th and the Rays brought in Ryne Stanek in relief. A batter later Stanek picked Benintendi off of first base.
At 29 years old Brett Eibner was sent down to the rookie level to begin his transition to pitching. With 9 appearances across rookie, A short season and A advanced levels, the 2010 second round pick is 1-1 with a 0.71 ERA, 14 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 12.2 innings, limiting opponents to a .167 batting average.
In rookie ball Jared Gates brought a 7 game hit streak into Sunday. Gates has totaled 11 hits in that span and has a hit in 18 of his last 22 games.
In Independent League baseball, Luke Bonfield has four 3-hit games including going 3-3 with an RBI on Friday.