Beachy Solid As Braves Take Series


Aug 14, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Beachy was impressive for the second straight start, while the offense provided him plenty of early support as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Wednesday night to earn the series win.

Beachy pitched six innings, allowing six hits and striking out four. The only blip on the radar came in his final inning, when Domonic Brown got to him for a two-run homer, cutting the Braves lead to 5-2.

The offense got things going early and it started when Jason Heyward hit an opposite field, lead off home run. Heyward continues to excel in the lead-off role, as he finished the game 2-5, with a pair of runs scored.

Chris Johnson continued his great season, as he would add a sacrifice fly in the first inning, then plate a pair of runs with a single in the second inning giving him three RBIs for the game.

Freddie Freeman and Paul Janish would each add an RBI for the Braves via sacrifice flies.

There was a bit of bad news, however, as Tyler Pastornicky had to leave the game in the fourth inning with a knee sprain after colliding with Jason Heyward in right field as they both converged on a pop up down the line. This is very unfortunate for Pastornicky, as he was getting a chance at some playing time with Dan Uggla being on the disabled list.

Craig Kimbrel was brought in to close the game in the 9th after David Carpenter began the inning by allowing a home run to Darin Ruf, and then walking Cody Asche. Kimbrel stopped any thought of a rally by the Phillies and picked up his 38th save.

The Braves are off on Thursday, before welcoming the Washington Nationals to town for a weekend series.