In his first start since being removed from the temporary inactive list, former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks gave a strong performance Saturday night against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington).

In his first start since being removed from the temporary inactive list, former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks gave a strong performance Saturday night against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington).
Beeks allowed one run (earned) on five hits over six innings and he was sharp with six strikeouts and one walk on the evening. Pawtucket came out with a 7-4 win.
This was Beeks’ first start since July 5 and the first time he factoid in a decision since June 25. Beeks had lost two straight decisions, following on the heels of winning two straight decisions.
Beeks evened his record with Pawtucket to 3-3 and improved his ERA to 2.89.
Overall this season, between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, Beeks owns a 8-4 record and a 2.52 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 37 walks over 93 innings.
Beeks’ career mark stands at 26-19 with a 3.66 ERA and 324 strikeouts and 22 walks over 376 1/3 innings. Beeks needs one win this season to match his career best, since he finished 9-8 last season and 9-7 two seasons ago.
The Red Sox made Beeks a 12th round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Arkansas, his collegiate destination after Crowder.

Kickham drops third straight decision
Former Crowder and current Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami) pitcher Mike Kickham’s recent slide continued Saturday night with a loss to the Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota).
Kickham gave up three runs (all earned) on six hits over four innings and he struck out four and walked two, and surrendered a home run.
Kickham’s ERA — once in the 2s — continues to be on the rise, now at 3.33 on the season. Just five starts ago, Kickham’s ERA stood at a season-low 2.26.
Kickham’s record dropped to 5-7 this season and 37-45 over his professional career.
Despite his recent travails, Kickham ranks second on the Jumbo Shrimp in wins, first in strikeouts, second in ERA, and first in WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched).
Kickham was a sixth round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 MLB Draft and he made his MLB debut on May 28, 2013 for the Giants. Kickham also had a stint in the Texas Rangers organization and a second stint with San Francisco before his release in May 2016.
The Marlins invited non-roster Kickham to spring training and two weeks later, he was assigned to the Jumbo Shrimp.

Hilliard stays Cali League RBI leader
Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) outfielder Sam Hilliard remains the California League leader in RBI and he extended his hitting streak to four after a double Sunday night against the Visalia Rawhide (Arizona).
Entering the week, Hilliard stands at 63 RBI in 88 games, leading San Jose’s Aramis Garcia, Lancaster’s Brian Mundell (now at Double-A), and Rancho Cucamonga’s D.J. Peters by four.
Overall, this season, Hilliard owns a .291 average (101 for 347) with 57 runs scored, 16 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs, and 23 stolen bases in 32 attempts.
Hilliard earned his second midseason all-star honor in as many seasons for the third-year pro.
Lancaster won the South Division in the first half.

Clark earns first win for Grasshoppers
Former Crowder and current Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami) pitcher Ethan Clark earned his first win since his trade to the Grasshoppers from the Tampa Bay organization.
On Friday night, Clark allowed one run on two hits and struck out six and walked three over five innings of work. Clark made his third start for the Grasshoppers.
Since the trade, he’s 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 12 strikeouts and seven walks over 12 2/3 innings.
Combined on the season, Clark owns a 4-3 record and a 3.33 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 25 walks over 67 2/3 innings.
Clark’s win Friday night gave him 12 overall for his career that started after he was a 15th round selection of the Rays in the 2015 MLB Draft.
After striking out a career-high nine in his final start with the Bowling Green Hot Rods before the trade, Clark talked with about his difficult first season and how repeating rookie ball the next season benefited him and his career.
“My first year, I got away from what got me drafted in the first place,” Clark said. “I struggled, but one of the biggest and best things of my career — although it wasn’t what I wanted to hear at the time — was repeating at Princeton last year. It helped me mentally and physically and in turn, sharpened everything in my repertoire. Going back to the same place wasn’t a fun thought initially, but if you took it for the learning experience that it was and sharpening the tools you have, it can be rewarding. And it was for me.”
In Clark’s first pro season, he finished 1-5 with a 6.84 ERA. The next season, he turned it around (understatement) to 7-2 and a 2.91 ERA, earning postseason all-star honors for the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League.
Clark — along with fellow prospect Braxton Lee — was traded from the Rays to the Marlins for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Schwaab earns fifth save for Tampa
Despite surrendering a pair of runs in his one inning of work Friday night against the Single-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto), former Crowder and current Tampa Yankees (New York) pitcher Andrew Schwaab preserved the most delicate of leads for his fifth save of the season in as many opportunities.
Schwaab, a midseason all-star for Tampa who famously proposed to his girlfriend before the game, improved to 4-2 on the season with a 3.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts and 12 walks over 36 2/3 innings. Schwaab bounced back Friday after taking a loss Wednesday.
Over a three-year pro career, Schwaab — an undrafted free agent from the University of Missouri, his collegiate destination after Crowder — owns a 10-4 record and a 2.77 ERA with 32 saves in 39 opportunities. Schwaab’s struck out 125 and walked 39 over 113 2/3 career innings.
This is Schwaab’s second stint with Tampa, after he pitched eight games for them last season.

Matson remains looking for first win
Former Crowder and current Single-A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore) pitcher Zach Matson owns a 0-4 record and a 3.18 ERA over the first 24 games of his professional career.
Matson has not factored into any decision this season in his first seven appearances and on the season, he’s generated a 3.86 ERA with 12 strikeouts and two walks over 9 1/3 innings.
Matson’s first two walks of the season came on Sunday night against the Connecticut Tigers (Detroit). He also had three strikeouts and gave up a pair of earned runs.
The Orioles selected Matson in the 24th round of last year’s MLB Draft, straight out go Crowder. Matson had just finished his sophomore season with the Roughriders, where he excelled for the ‘Riders as both starter and reliever.
The Fayetteville (Arkansas) native comes in at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds.

Other former Crowder players
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto); 2-3, 3.98 ERA, 24 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 40 2/3 innings, 24 strikeouts, 24 walks. Started season at Single-A Advanced Dunedin.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 4-10, 5.91 ERA, 18 games, 14 starts, 74 2/3 innings, 42 strikeouts, 58 walks. Made a start Monday night.