DU Alum Successful vs Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates faced an ex-Bucco and Duquesne alumnus this weekend, relief pitcher Joe Beimel of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Piitsburgh-area native pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in mid-relief on Saturday and Sunday.

Joe Beimel, who holds the distinction as the first Duquesne baseball player drafted by the hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, is off to a good start in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Beimel, who missed last year's National League playoffs after his hand was injured in a New York bar prior to the opening of the series with the New York Mets, is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings in nine games. And only one of the six runners on base when he's entered games has scored.

He has given up five hits, one run (it was earned) and five walks against three strikeouts. That run came in the ninth inning of an April 9, 2007, 6-3 victory over Colorado.

The St. Mary's, Pa. native's win came the following day when he relieved Chad Billingsley in the eighth. With the bases loaded, one out and the score tied at 1-1, Matt Holliday bounced back to Beimel who flipped to catcher Russell Martin whose Bob Gibson-like throw just got Holliday at first to end the inning.

    MLB.com reporter Ken Gurnick decribed the play this way -- On the 1-2-3 double-play, he (Martin) took Beimel's flip, then nipped Holliday at first on a bullet throw that would have drilled Beimel from point-blank range if the pitcher hadn't ducked at the last moment. (Video from Dodgers' website with Vin Scully

Beimel, after floundering in the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays organizations following his three full seasons with the Pirates, has regenerated his career in L.A.

The lefty was an early call-up from the Dodgers' Las Vegas AAA club in 2006 when he was 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 62 games.

Beimel, who turned 30 this past Thursday, wears an unusual number - 97. Jaromir Jagr had an influence while both were in the 'Burgh. Jagr's 68 is in honor of the Czech Summer of 1968, ended by U.S.S.R. tanks.

Beimel's reason is closer to home. His and Emily's first child, Andrew, was born on Jan. 25, 1997.

Joe Beimel was was inducted into the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 7, 2004.

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