first_imgThe only runs he allowed came as a result of Gomez’s double, which barely eluded a leaping Andre Ethier in left-center field.Ryan Braun had the other big hit against Beachy, a ground-rule double earlier in the third inning. Gomez and Braun both took advantage of hanging breaking balls that Beachy couldn’t blame on rust.“Everybody hangs pitches,” he said.Therein lies the rub for Beachy, who might not get another start before the man he replaced in the rotation Saturday (Carlos Frias) is healthy. The Dodgers must separate which of Beachy’s mistakes can be fairly blamed on his long layoff, and which cannot.“I can’t say he’s rehabbing, because I think he’s back,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Beachy. “But I can also see that he’s not as sharp as he’d probably like. Those are decisions we have to make.”There was another variable at play Saturday. It was the first time Beachy had thrown to catcher Yasmani Grandal in any kind of a competitive setting, but neither man could concern himself with developing a rapport with the other.“I didn’t want to put too many things in his head, in certain situations what do you throw, what not to throw. I basically tell them ‘make sure you get your release point and you stay down in the zone, and if you’re down in the zone you’re going to get outs, and make sure you get that first strike’.”Grandal said that between the first and second inning, “he got back in the dugout and started saying how fun it was to be back out there again, so I think he might have been a little bit pumped up.“The good thing is, it leaves some room to work with.”Of the 78 pitches Beachy threw, only three resulted in swinging strikes. He said the performance conjured memories of the pitcher he was early in his career “in flashes.”Beachy also said he felt strong enough to go back out for the fifth inning, but Mattingly removed him in favor of Chin-Hui Tsao instead.Milwaukee padded its lead with three runs against Adam Liberatore, including a solo home run by Gerardo Parra. Liberatore, a left-handed hitter, hadn’t allowed a home run to a left-handed hitter all season prior to Saturday.The Dodgers avoided being shut out in the eighth inning when Grandal doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Kiké Hernandez.Reliever Josh Ravin was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Beachy on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster. Minor league reliever Matt West was designated for assignment in the corresponding 40-man roster move.The Dodgers’ rotation had been fairly stable since April, but the July 31 and August 31 trade deadlines might change that. So can Beachy. For his part, Beachy said he expects to take the ball every fifth day after the All-Star break.“Yeah, until they tell me differently that’s what I plan to do and do it to the best of my abilities,” he said. “I expect to be a lot better than tonight.”Brandon Beachy joined a few long lists of Dodgers this season on Saturday. By starting against the Milwaukee Brewers, he became:– the 26th pitcher the team has used this season. The Dodgers used 25 pitchers (including catcher Drew Butera) all of last season.– the 45th player of any kind to get into a game for the Dodgers, which is tied for third in MLB.– the 60th player to be listed on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster since the Opening Day roster was announced April 6. “I’d like to tell you that I feel really accomplished in that,” the pitcher said after the Dodgers’ 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. “I didn’t accomplish what I set out to do today. I didn’t set out to pitch in a big league game. I set out to dominate in a big league game and I didn’t do that.”The specifics left the Dodgers with more questions than answers.Beachy nearly navigated his way around his mistakes without allowing a run, until Carlos Gomez cleared the bases with his double off the wall in the third inning.Those three runs were more than enough to win on a night when the Dodgers collected only three hits against right-hander Taylor Jungmann (4-1). His 100-pitch effort was the first complete game thrown by any Brewers pitcher this season.Beachy (0-1) allowed five hits, walked three batters and struck out two in four innings. It was his first major league game since August 2013 and his sixth at any level since he began a minor league rehab assignment last month. It’s easier to make a definitive statement about Brandon Beachy’s Dodgers debut from a sports medicine perspective than a baseball perspective.Beachy had pitched five major league games in three years prior to Saturday, surrounded by two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow. The first surgery, in June 2012, needed to be revised in March 2014. The second time, a cadaver ligament was transplanted into his elbow.So, for the sports medicine crowd, Beachy’s four innings of work against the Milwaukee Brewers was a pleasant addition to the relatively short pile of data on multiple Tommy John recipients who have made it back. At 28, it’s possible that Beachy has more starts ahead of him in his career than the 47 he’s made to this point. In the bigger picture, maybe that hope outweighs the specifics of Beachy’s performance.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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