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Brandon Beachy: Atlanta Braves' New BB Gun

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 17:  Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the ninth inning to the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on May 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIMay 18, 2012

From the storied baseball team that brought fans arguably the best pitching staff in the history of the game, the Atlanta Braves now boast their very own BB gun.

Brandon Beachy tossed a complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins Thursday in the Braves 7-0 victory at Turner Field. This shutout is the first of Beachy’s career.

The 25-year-old right-hander was in full command the entire game, scattering five hits, while striking out six and walking zero.

With the victory, Beachy is now 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Per the MLB Network, only Greg Maddux has a lower ERA through the first eight starts to a career for the Braves since 1921 (1.13 ERA in 1994).

Beachy’s WHIP is now 0.89. Only Matt Cain and Justin Verlander have been better in this category this season.

Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, who is becoming a star in his own right, went 2-for-5 with a RBI. Bourn is batting .339 this season. Bourn’s 57 hits place him in a first place tie with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for the most hits in the league.

Another star in the making, Freddie Freeman whacked his seventh home run of the season.

Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI triple for the Braves. He raised his average to .319.

Chipper Jones also added two hits and a RBI. The tireless third baseman is hitting .306 with five home runs and 24 RBI this season.

Brandon Beachy and Brian McCann share a post-game man hug..
Brandon Beachy and Brian McCann share a post-game man hug..Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images


Four of the Braves' everyday starters achieved multi-hit games during this 2:42 affair.

With the victory, Atlanta moves to 24-15, which is good for a half-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East Standings.


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