Joe Beimel, Still Getting it Done

While there's not a while lot of interest for Pittsburgh Pirate fans this time of year, season-ending MLB pennant races can be great fun. Joe Beimel, Duquesne sports hall of famer and former Bucco, is right there in the mix with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As of Wednesday dusk, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a three-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

Dodger left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel entered Tuesday's game with two outs in the seventh and L.A. trailing the San Diego Padres, 2-1. Beimel ended the Padres' turn at the plate with a strikeout.

Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth with Beimel as the pitcher of record. He got two ground outs from the only batters he faced in the bottom of the frame. Beimel is now 5-1 via the 6-2 final score.

Beimel, a middle-inning reliever, is third on the team with a 2.11 ERA. Second with 62 appearances, Beimel averages just over 2/3 inning per outing. The 1998 Pittsburgh Pirate 18th round draft pick is on the way to his best MLB season. He was inducted into Duquesne's Hall of Fame in February 2004.

Note: His jersey number is 97. Originally wearing 53, Beimel wanted a change for better luck. He chose 97 for the year his son Drew was born. Local hockey may helped him there. Jaromir Jagr's hockey jersey number is 68, to honor the year of the Praque Spring in his native Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

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