Atlanta lost Saturday night's game to Baltimore 5-0, but that may not have been the biggest loss of the night for the Braves.
Starter Brandon Beachy left the game after 3.2 innings due to recurring right elbow soreness. This comes after Beachy's start was pushed back three days to tonight because of that elbow.
Hindsight is obviously 20/20, but if the Braves skipped a Tim Hudson start due to a sore ankle, they should have done the same thing with Beachy and his elbow. Now, on to the game.
Jason Hammel no-hit the Braves for 6.2 innings, and was dominant en route to the 5-0 victory for Baltimore. He allowed only one hit while striking out eight in a complete-game shutout. Beachy didn't allow a hit as well, but had a run charged to him in the fourth inning after he left.
In that fourth inning, Beachy walked Chris Davis with two outs, and immediately called Brian McCann out to the mound and left the game. Anthony Varvaro replaced Beachy, and immediately walked Adam Jones and Matt Weiters to load the bases for Mark Reynolds. Reynolds singled into left, scoring Davis and Jones. That made it a 2-0 game.
The final line on Beachy was 3.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Baltimore added another run in the fifth off of Varvaro. Steve Pearce singled to start the inning, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hammel. Brian Roberts followed with a single to left that brought Pearce in to score and made it a 3-0 game.
The Orioles added two more runs in the seventh on two singles, a sacrifice bunt, and another single from Roberts.
Hammel took that 5-0 lead and his no-hitter into the seventh, but Jason Heyward singled to left field with two outs to break up the no-no. That was the Braves only hit of the night.
But the big news was of course Beachy, who is headed for an MRI as soon as one can be scheduled according to the Braves twitter account.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy left his Saturday night start in the middle of the fourth inning due to what the team is calling a recurrence of right elbow soreness. Beachy had been pitching a brilliant game up until the fourth, when he began to miss his mark on pitches. With two outs in the inning he walked a batter for the first, and what turned out to be the only base runner he allowed.
Fredi Gonzalez came out with the trainer and immediately pulled Beachy from the game. He went directly to the clubhouse. Beachy was replaced in the game by Anthony Varvaro, who allowed Beachy's runner to score and give Baltimore the lead.
The most likely scenario here is that the Braves put Beachy on the 15-day disabled list. They had already shuffled their rotation to give Beachy a couple of extra days rest before today's start. Right elbow soreness could just mean he needs some time to rest his arm, and we won't speculate that it could mean something else more drastic. This injury to Beachy is a potentially devastating one for the Braves, as Brandon had been the Braves most effective starter, and is leading the league in ERA.
My guess is that if the Braves place Beachy on the disabled list, then Kris Medlen would take over his spot in the rotation. Meds is already stretched out, having made several starts in Gwinnett, and only returning to the Majors yesterday.
If the Braves were to reach into their minor league system to replace Beachy, then Julio Teheran would be the most likely candidate, but he too left his start tonight after four innings, having thrown just 86 pitches. I'm not sure if that was just caution with his arm, or a sign of an injury.
Jair Jurrjens, who has already made nine starts at Gwinnett, could also be called upon, but the Braves may view him as an option of last resort at this point. Certainly if he could return and be effective, that would help the Braves bullpen, which Medlen was recalled to strengthen. Medlen's departure from the bullpen could leave the team looking to trade for a reliever. If Beachy is out for an extended period of time, that could indicate that the Braves might be willing to deal for a starting pitcher.
We'll have to see what the news is with Beachy's arm and see what the Braves decide to do, but what looked like excellent pitching depth to begin the season is quickly dwindling.
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Saturday, Jun 16, 2012, 6:15 PM CDT
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
Tough way to lose a game. But yes, the winning streak is over. Only true baseball fans like those in St. Louis could appreciate that one.
Saturday, Jun 16, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT
. Game time temperature around .
The Miami Marlins are mired in a complete slump, having lost nine out of their last ten games. The team was shellacked in perhaps their worst performance of the season, an 11-0 whooping at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight, the Fish go again in prime time against the Rays, and Ichthyomancy will try again at a Double Ichthy Points night after last week's 13-4 beatdown yielded nothing but sad faces. Once again, if we are blown out, I will pull the Double Ichthy qualifier, but for now, we need something to make these Marlins games exciting and worth our watch.Pitching Matchup
This is a rematch of last Sunday's series ender, as Anibal Sanchez and James Shields dueled in what initially seemed like a fun matchup that turned horrible. Sanchez allowed four runs in six innings, but he walked three and gave up two home runs with just two strikeouts along the way, representing what was easily his worst start of the season in terms of FIP. His performance before that, a seven-run beatdown by the Atlanta Braves, was not pretty either, so Sanchez is on a bit of a cold streak in terms of his performance.
Shields had struggled in giving up runs in his three starts prior to facing the Marlins. When he faced us, however, he dominated. Shields allowed four hits and one run with five strikeouts and three walks against the Fish last Sunday, leading to a victory for the Rays. For the Marlins' currently flailing offense, even a mediocre strikeout / walk performance from Shields was more than enough to stuff them, so here's hoping the Fish can put up more of a fight tonight.
Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup after missing last night's game due to being hit with a foul ball during batting practice. Not that he would have helped us much last night, as the team's lone hit actually came from his replacement, Donovan Solano. Nevertheless, Ramirez is back, and hopefully he and a slew of other Marlins can snap out of their collective slumps.
Bold Prediction: Rays def. Marlins 5-2
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