Beachy pleased with first rehab start for G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brandon Beachy's first minor-league rehab start coming off last year's Tommy John surgery went about how he hoped it would.

Sure, there were occasional bouts of wildness, and he's still getting used to the feel of pitching in a live game.

Still, the young Atlanta Braves right-hander has few complaints after his four-inning stint during the Gwinnett Braves' 3-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday night before 6,225 fans at Coolray Field.

"You know, I feel good," Beachy said after throwing 70 pitches -- 35 for strikes -- over the four innings, giving up just two hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts and four walks in his first game action since undergoing the elbow surgery 11 months ago. "It was fun. It was nice to be out there in a real game with fans in the seats and competing.

"I was a little uncomfortable ... just a little out of synch. What usually takes a batter or a pitch or two was taking me three batters or four pitches to make the adjustments. That's going to come. The feel is going to come as I get more comfortable out there. The speed of the game is a lot quicker than the bullpens (sessions) I've been throwing. So, I've got to slow myself down a little bit. That will help my rhythm."

Beachy had a solid first inning, throwing 15 pitches -- 10 of them strikes -- to retire Toledo in order.

But in the second, the command trouble began to show up.

Pitching behind in the count throughout the frame, Beachy walked two and threw a wild pitch while toiling through 27 pitches, with only 11 for strikes.

"I threw a lot of quality pitches," Beachy said. "(But) then, at times, it would get away. Normally, it's a quicker adjustment, but it's something I'm going to have to fight through and really focus on slowing myself down."

However, Beachy did a solid job of fighting back each time he got into trouble Friday.

In the lengthy second inning, a lead-off double to Nick Castellanos was the only hit he allowed, and he managed to limit the damage to just one run.

And after Danny Dorn's solo home run to lead off the fourth, he ended his night on a high note by retiring the final three hitters he faced.

"Being in a situation with guys on base is something you can't simulate in the bullpen," Beachy said. "I think I did a pretty good job of calming down. I walked a couple of guys, but it was in situations where I had bases open, and I knew that."

Overall, Beachy saw enough positives about his first outing to eagerly look forward to his next rehab start, expected to come Wednesday night when the G-Braves are in Syracuse to take on the Chiefs.

"I really don't know what to expect going against Triple-A hitters for four innings, having not really faced guys in weeks," Beachy said. "I guess I'm happy with it not really knowing what's going to happen. Of course, I want to go out there and not give up a hit and not give up a run. But it's part of the process."