Brandon Beachy‘s night ended on Friday night without being able to escape the 2nd inning against the Houston Astros.
Beachy lasted 1.2 innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and a walk.
During the 1st inning, Brandon got Fowler to fly out to center but then Jose Altuve singled to right. Marc Krauss followed Altuve with his own single. With runners on first and second base, Beachy was able to get Chris Carter to fly out and a much needed strikeout of Brett Wallace ended the inning.
The pain started in the 2nd inning when Carlos Corporan singled and next batted, Robbie Grossman, drew a walk. Newly acquired Astro, Dexter Fowler, singled on a ground ball to right field scoring both of them.
For his first outing of 2014, should anyone take anything from this?
Let’s hear from Brandon himself first….
So, Beachy was throwing mostly fastball and probably just trying to locate his pitches therefore the Astros could just sit back and take some hacks at “fastballs”.
But as I look into the word fastball a little more, I remember a tweet from David O’Brien from last night.
Consecutve 1-out singles (Altuve, Krauss) allowed by #Braves Beachy in 1st, fastball sitting at 89 mph so far according to stadium gun
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 28, 2014
While listening to the broadcast on MLB At Bat, I kept hearing Beachy staying between 87-91 all night with the fastball. My guess, and let me reiterate my guess is that Brandon wanted to work on a few things: getting innings under his belt, getting the first Spring Training outing behind him, locating his pitches and waking up this morning feeling good.
Beachy says he’s trying to keep a “big picture mentality” this Spring. Taking things slow. Says he’s confident in his health. #Braves
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) March 1, 2014
So if you’re reading the newspaper this morning (HA, or reading the box score on your phone or computer) you probably won’t be to excited when you see Beachy, but DO NOT read to much into this!