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4th AB for Beckham

Time: 8:53
Inning: Bottom 7
Situation: One out, no one on. Score tied 5-5.
Outcome: Tapper back to the mound.

Facing a lefty for the first time, John Flanagan, Beckham took a ball before getting fooled on Flanagan’s second pitch. He was way out in front, tried to hold up his swing and ended up with a check-swing tapper back to Flanagan. Flanagan’s got a real funky delivery and comes from a three-quarters arm slot and the guess here is Beckham didn’t see too much of that in high school. Flanagan’s tossed three scoreless innings, so it’s not just Beckham having trouble picking the ball up.

So Beckham is 1-for-4 tonight. Combined distance of all of his balls in play, I think, would be about 300 feet. But hey, he hasn’t struck out yet.

Third AB of the night

Time: 8:12
Inning: Bottom 4
Situation: .Two outs, none on. Princeton leading, 5-3.
Outcome: Groundout to the shortstop, end of inning.

Getting a third look at Lehman, he took a couple of pitches to run the count to 1-1. He then hit a grounder in the hole to short, fielded by Lifete Jose, who threw out Beckham by a half-step. Beckham’s 1-for-3 on the night, but hasn’t gotten the ball out of the infield as of yet. He has shown an ability to get down the line in a hurry.

At this rate, he’s going to have about 6 ABs…

Beckham AB No. 2

Time: 7:32
Inning: Bottom 2
Situation: Runner on third, two outs. Princeton leading 3-0.
Outcome: Grounder to second, side retired.

Beckham took the first offering from Lehman in his second at-bat and went the other way with it, right at Franco. It was a routine play and Franco made it. Beckham will have to wait for his first pro RBI.

The Beckham era is under way

Time: 7:11
Inning: Bottom 1
Situation: One out, no one on
Outcome: Infield hit.

Had the chance to talk with both Beckahms (Tim and older brother Jeremy, who wasn’t in the lineup) prior to the game and both were engaging and intelligent. Both, needless to say, were a bit excited for the game to get going.

As for the first at-bat, Beckham faced Mike Lehman, a Royals right-hander who was taken in the 20th round of the 2007 draft who put up some decent numbers in the rookie-level Arizona League last summer. He got a nice hand from the home crowd, but you get the feeling that most here in Princeton didn’t quite get what the big deal was, which is really as it should be. Tim Beckham would like nothing more than to be just “one of the team” for the time being.

After taking a first pitch for ball one, Beckham hit a bounder up the middle. Burlington 2B Angel Franco was able to backhand it, but Beckham easily beat the throw for his first professional hit. Someday, he’ll tell his grandkids it was a screaming line drive. So far, he’s batting 1.000. He came around to score his first pro run later in the inning.I’ll be back later for his next AB.

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