Aug 28, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Gordon Beckham (18) hits a two run single against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Former Chicago White Sox second baseman and first round draft pick, Gordon Beckham played in the ALDS on Thursday night, entering the game as a pinch-runner for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, then playing third base against the Kansas City Royals.
He was a pinch-runner in the bottom of the seventh inning, replacing David Freese, eventually reaching third base, but was left stranded.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at 2-2, Beckham was hit in the shoelaces by a pitch, putting him on first base to leadoff the inning.
Chris Iannetta came to the plate with two outs and left Beckham on the bases, grounding out to second to end the inning.
The Angels eventually lost Game 1 of the ALDS to the Royals, 3-2 after Mike Moustakas hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, Beckham stuck out to begin the inning, facing Royals closer Greg Holland. Beckham finished 0-for-1.
Beckham was traded from the White Sox to the Angels on Aug. 21 for a player to be named later or cash considerations, which will be determined this offseason. The second baseman played 739 games (six seasons) with the White Sox.
For the ’14 season, Beckham batted .226 combined with the White Sox and Angels, including .268 with the Angels in 26 regular season games (56 at-bats).
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Also on Thursday night, former White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza hit two doubles in the eighth inning and was on base three times in the Orioles’ 12-3 ALDS Game 1 win over the AL Central champion, Detroit Tigers.
De Aza finished with two RBIs.
The Royals and the Angels will play their Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Orioles and Tigers play their Game 2 of the ALDS at noon ET.