Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Video: Chris Beck picks up his first Class AAA victory

Chris Beck recorded his first career Class AAA win and Jordan Danks moved to within one hit of Joe Borchard’s all-time Knights’ hit mark in a 4-2 Charlotte victory over Durham on Tuesday in front of 9,683 at BB&T BallPark.

The Knights, who moved to 9.5 games back of the Bulls in the International League South Standings, were powered on offense by home runs from Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien.

Beck, who is rated by Baseball America as the White Sox second-highest pitching prospect, made his second career start with Charlotte and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings. He struck-out five batters and threw 95 pitches on the night.

Beck was promoted to Charlotte from Class AA Birmingham on Monday after posting a 5-8 record with a 3.39 ERA in 20 starts. He had allowed 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings in a spot start with the Knights earlier this season.

Charlotte jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Danks (2-for-4) singled home Marcus Semien (2-for-3), who had tripled earlier in the frame.

Durham tied the game in the third when Beck was called for a balk with a runner on third, but Charlotte reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a two-run home run from Phegley, his 16th.

Semien added an insurance run in the fifth with his 10th home run of the season.

The combination of Matt Zaleski and Jarrett Casey held the Bulls scoreless over the final four innings to preserve the win for Beck.

*For Ben Weinrib's full game story, click HERE