Beimel: 3 games action since back on roster

Left-handed Washington Nationals' relief pitcher Joe Beimel came off the 15-day disabled list (hip strain) on the first possible day, May 6, 2009. He pitched in three of the Nats' five games since then.

As luck would have it, the Duquesne alum's first two chances were against his previous team the last three years, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Joe Beimel has pitched one full inning in each of these games. He gave up one run in appearance number two.

On Wednesday, in a 10-3 loss to the Dodgers, Beimel pitched the ninth, allowing just one hit.

Thursday, the Dodgers got to him for three hits and one run in the eighth while he struck out a batter in the 11-9 win, the first in a string of three victories for Washington.

On Saturday, Beimel took the mound in the eighth after his teammates added a run to make it a 2-0 advantage at Arizona. It was 2-0 in the top of the ninth too. Beimel allowed two hits and stuck out one.

The discussion at the end of April that Beimel would be the Nats' closer once he was activated turned out not to be Maneger Manny Acta's choice. The "committee" approach has been working; the Nats are 6-4 starting April 29, 2009, the day of the report, and the staff is 3-for-3 in save situations with Julian Tavarez, Kip Wells and Joel Hanrahan (one of the original closers) each getting one "S" and no "BS" (blown save) either.

So far this season, the St. Mary's, Pa. native is 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 10 1/3 innings in 11 appearances. His strike out / walk ratio is 2.5 (5/2).

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