Joe Beimel, who started the 2006 season with the AAA Las Vegas 51s, was recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2006. Since then the St. Mary's, Pa. native has appeared in 57 games for the Dodgers, who at this point have a good chance to be playoff bound as either the NL West champs or the NL wild card.
Beimel was the first-ever Duquesne player to be drafted by the hometown Pirates in the 1998 draft, the same year that Korie Hlede was the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft and current-NBAer Mike James started his pro career.
In 64 2/3 innings, the sixth-year big leaguer has a 2-1 record and a 3.06 ERA.
Tuesday, Beimel was called in with two out in the Pirates' eighth after the Bucs had scored four runs in that frame to extend their lead to 10-3. With Ryan Doumit on second, Beimel struck out Chris Duffy to end the attack.
Marlon Anderson's three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th narrowed the score to 10-6 which was the final tally.
Pittsburgh has won four-in-a-row, are in fifth place in the NL Central, 1.5 games ahead of the Cubs and 4.0 games behind Milwaukee. Dodgers are a half-game behind the Padres in the NL West and a full game in front of Philadelphia in the wild card standings.
Joe Beimel was inducted into Duquesne's Sports Hall of Fame in the winter of 2004.
Note: Pitched two hitless and scoreless innings for his ninth hold in Thursday's 5-2 Dodgers win. ERA is now 2.97.