Beeks (4-1) got the win Wednesday, pitching three shutout innings with two strikeouts while allowing four hits and three walks against the Braves.
Beeks was tabbed as the long man in Wednesday's "bullpen" day, and though an hour and six minute rain delay limited his outing to just three innings and 49 pitches -- both of which were season-low totals since joining the Rays -- it was still enough to pick up the win for a third straight outing. The rookie southpaw has a 2.63 ERA with 24:13 K:BB in 27.1 innings since the start of August, and he figures to continue serving in a similar capacity down the stretch.
The rookie southpaw wasn't particularly sharp against his former club, throwing 59 of 97 pitches for strikes, but the Tampa offense did more than enough damage to cover for him Beeks now has a 5.20 ERA and 23:13 K:BB in six appearances and 27.2 innings since being traded to the Rays, and he should continue filling a regular long-relief role down the stretch.
Beeks is expected to pick up most of the innings Friday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diego Castillo will "open" Friday's tilt, but it will be Beeks who is tasked with eating multiple innings. Beeks threw 4.0 scoreless frames against the Red Sox in his last outing, notching three strikeouts and allowing just three baserunners.
Beeks (2-1) picked up the win Sunday against the Red Sox, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three in four scoreless innings.
Beeks technically didn't start Sunday's contest, though he came on and handled the bulk of innings after opener Diego Castillo fired 1.2 scoreless frames to open the game. The 25-year-old stifled his old team en route to his first scoreless appearance in the majors, lowering his ERA to 6.91 on the season. He now owns a solid 2.37 ERA through four appearances (19 innings) in August after a disastrous start to his tenure with the Rays.
Castillo hasn't thrown more than 2.2 innings in any of his 29 appearances with the big club this season, so that probably represents the upper bound of his workload in his first MLB start. As a result, Beeks, who is available on four days' rest, should handle the bulk of the work in a matchup with the organization that drafted him. Beeks has been stellar in his three outings thus far in August, logging a 3.00 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 15:5 K:BB in 15 frames.
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