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Atlanta Braves’ Brandon Beachy not Happy with Tommy John Comeback Performance

July 30th, 2013 at 9:08 AM
By Cody Fields

Brandon Beachy was rocked by the Colorado Rockies in his first start for the Atlanta Braves of the season. And though it was his first start since Tommy John surgery last year, he wasn't pleased.

The Rockies torched Beachy for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings, cranking two homers in the process.

“It still stings,” Beachy told ajc.com. “I’m not going to just chalk this up to part of the process. No, I’m not going to do that. I pitched poorly, really let the guys down after they came back and got me that lead. It’s not acceptable, no matter what the circumstances are.”

Both Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario's homers came off sliders, but Beachy had Roasario down 0-2 before working back to a full count. Rosario then cranked a belt-high slider over the wall in right.

“I thought I commanded my fastball pretty well,” Beachy said. “I got in trouble with hanging some breaking balls. It seemed like every one I hung, they crushed it. They didn’t miss those mistakes.”

Beachy did, however, see some positives in his performance.

“I feel good physically, I just need to refine — refine the off-speed, especially," Beachy said. "I felt like I was ahead in a lot of counts and I was this close to getting out of some situations, and they were fouling pitches off. And when I made a mistake, they capitalized.”

It was Beachy's first start since June 2012 when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament. He was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA at the time of his injury.

“First outing, it’s tough to even evaluate it,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “I’m not even going to evaluate it. His first outing, it’s (like) coming out of spring training for him, maybe even worse – Tommy John – so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, throw him a side and go get ‘em in five days.”

Beachy's next scheduled start will come Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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