Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks continued his career season on Saturday with his 11th win of the season.

Former Crowder and current Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) pitcher Jalen Beeks continued his career season on Saturday with his 11th win of the season.
Beeks lowered his ERA to 3.00 with Pawtucket and improved to 6-4 with 81 strikeouts and 24 walks over 81 innings at the second-highest level of pro baseball.
The southpaw from Fayetteville (Arkansas) clipped Columbus with two runs allowed on seven hits over seven innings. Beeks struck out five and walked one.
On the season, Beeks stands at 11-5 with a 2.69 ERA over 23 games, striking out 139 and walking 46 over 130 1/3 innings.
Beeks started his season at Double-A Portland, 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA and he’s struck out 58 and walked 22 over 49 1/3 innings.
His previous career high was nine wins in both the previous two seasons.
The Red Sox drafted Beeks in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Kickham takes tough loss
Baseball can be a very strange and cruel game.
For example, take former Crowder and current Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami) pitcher Mike Kickham in his last two starts.
On Friday, Kickham allowed two runs on three hits over six innings, striking out three and walking one.
In his previous start, Kickham allowed six runs on 10 hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one.
Well, which performance do you think earned Kickham a win and which one the loss?
Of course, with that elaborate setup, Kickham took the loss in his better performance. The Round Rock Express (Texas) tossed a three-hit shutout against New Orleans.
On the season, Kickham owns a 7-9 record with a 3.98 ERA and 108 strikeouts and 22 walks over 126 2/3 innings.
Kickham earned a 5-7 mark with a 3.33 ERA in his 18 games and 17 starts for Double-A Jacksonville, for whom Kickham picked up midseason all-star honors.
Kickham’s 39-47 over his professional career that began in 2010.

Hilliard ranked second in RBI
Former Crowder and current Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) right fielder Sam Hilliard lost his RBI lead in the California League over the weekend, surpassed by Stockton’s Seth Brown, whose five-RBI performance Sunday extended his lead to five over Hilliard, 88-83.
On the season, after 120 games played, Hilliard owns a .294 average (141 for 480) with 83 runs scored, 20 doubles, six triples, 18 home runs, and 34 stolen bases in 48 attempts.
Entering the week, Hilliard ranks fifth in runs scored, fourth in hits, tied for 10th in triples, tied for fourth in homers, and third in stolen bases.
Hilliard’s 83 RBI matched his total from last season and he’s established career highs in most every statistical category this season.
The Rockies made Hilliard a 15th round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Wilson strikes out career-high five
In his fifth career pro performance, former Crowder and current GCL Mets (New York) pitcher Kyle Wilson established career highs in innings, strikeouts, and walks during his performance Sunday against the GCL Marlins.
Wilson pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and finishing with five strikeouts and three walks.
On the season, Wilson owns a 1-1 record and a 1.13 ERA, with five games, one save, and 10 strikeouts and five walks over eight innings.
The Mets picked Wilson in the 35th round of the MLB Draft in June. This was his second time being selected in the draft — the Minnesota Twins selected Wilson in the 19th round of the 2015 MLB Draft straight out of Raymore-Peculiar High. Wilson opted to come to Crowder instead and his one full season with the Roughriders ended in a JUCO World Series appearance.

Other former Crowder players
Ethan Clark, Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami): 5-3, 2.75 ERA, 20 games, 17 starts, 91 2/3 innings, 92 strikeouts, 40 walks.
Connor Eller, Single-A Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto): 2-5, 4.50 ERA, 33 games, no starts, two saves, four save opportunities, 56 innings, 34 strikeouts, 37 walks. Pitched first 12 games with Single-A Advanced Dunedin.
Zach Matson, Single-A Short Season Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore): 0-0, 4.15 ERA, 13 games, no starts, one save opportunity, 17 1/3 innings, 22 strikeouts, six walks.
Mark Reyes, Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants (San Francisco): 4-13, 6.11 ERA, 24 games, 20 starts, 106 innings, 59 strikeouts, 70 walks.
Andrew Schwaab, Double-A Trenton Thunder (New York): 5-2, 4.01 ERA, 34 games, no starts, five saves, five save opportunities, 49 1/3 innings, 47 strikeouts, 19 walks. Pitched first 26 games with Single-A Advanced Tampa, for whom Schwaab earned midseason all-star honors.
Trey Turner, GCL Nationals (Washington): Seven-day disabled list.