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March 28, 2012

Beachy has best outing of spring

He goes 6 innings against Yankees

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy turned out to be a dependable five inning pitcher last season.

In his rookie year, the Kokomo native started 25 games and went 7-3, but he chalked up only 141 2-3 innings. He became known for hitting the wall around the sixth inning and turning it over to the Braves’ stellar bullpen.

Entering his fifth year of professional baseball, all in the Braves organization, Beachy has never thrown a complete game. He said, after the Braves tied the New York Yankees, 5-5, in 10 innings on Wednesday, that he is working on pitching longer and said he wants to start completing games.

“I am ready to start going deep because that’s what they need from me,” Beachy said after going six innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. “I am trying to get ahead of the batters.”

The Northwestern High School product said something clicked after his third inning against the Yankees that has him feeling he has found what will make him a successful starter.

“I’ve been going through all spring like it was a long bullpen session, then everything started to come together. I got ahead and I am ready to go now. I learned a lot [Wednesday].”

After giving up a run in the first, and two more in the third, Beachy settled down over the next three innings and retired nine straight. It was Beachy’s best outing of the spring and manager Fredi Gonzalez noticed.

“I want him throwing about 100 pitches, but they have to go farther than six innings,” Gonzalez said. “He gets his pitch count up, but we are going to prod him. The most important thing is to get him past the ‘shot down innings’ where we start to think about making a change.”

Gonzalez said he wants Beachy to be able to reach at least 115 pitches when needed.

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