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Brandon Beachy Struggles; Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman Have Big Day in Loss

March 12th, 2012 at 11:08 PM
By Cody Fields

Brandon Beachy struggled mightily with his control Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up five walks in three innings as the Atlanta Braves lost their eighth straight game.

Beachy may have only given up one run, but he was not thrilled with the fact that he had to rely on a double play grounder to get out of the second inning and a flyball to leave the bases loaded in the third.

“It’s pretty bad, pretty terrible,” Beachy said. “I was struggling to throw strikes at times. Trying to make adjustments and they just aren’t coming as quickly as I need them to.”

During his first Spring Training start last week Beachy allowed  three hits, four earned runs and two walks in two innings. In his second start on Monday, he sat down the first four batters he faced before walking three of the next four.

“I felt more in control of the situation than I did last time out,” he said. “I knew what I was trying to do, it just wasn’t happening. I know what it is. I can go back and look at video and see exactly what it is mechanically, and it’s just a matter of repeating it enough to where I can be comfortable and don’t have to think about it while I’m out there.”

Freddie Freeman and Martin Prado both had good days, combining to go 5-for-8 with an RBI a piece.

Prado, who also stole a base,  raised his average to .435 this spring and has now gone 7-for-10 with two doubles and three walks in his last three games.

The loss dropped the Braves to 1-10 in Grapefruit League play.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado, MLB, St. Louis Cardinals

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