Reds hit three homers off Beachy in 4-3 win over Braves

CINCINNATI – If it wasn’t too surprising when the Reds hit four home runs off the Braves’ Mike Minor on Monday, it was another matter when they hit three Tuesday night off Brandon Beachy.

After allowing only one home run in his previous 72 innings, Beachy gave up a career-high three homers in the first four innings of a 4-3 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Brandon Phillips took him deep twice.

Braves leadoff man Michael Bourn had the first two-homer game of his career, but couldn’t fully enjoy it because his solo shots in the first and eighth innings weren’t enough to prevent Atlanta’s third loss in four games and fifth in nine games.

“It’s my first time ever doing it,” said Bourn, who also had a double. “But all in all, you want the victory.”

The Braves slipped to second place in the NL East, a half-game behind Washington.

Beachy (5-2) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings in his first loss since his season debut. He had not allowed more than two runs in seven starts.

He was asked if the culprit was an undersized ballpark, mistake pitches, or a combination of the two.

“Probably a combination,” he said. “But I missed some spots. I’m not going to let the ballpark be an excuse for any of those three home runs. None of those pitches were where they were supposed to be.”

The Braves are 2-3 on their seven-game road trip and need to win the last two in Cincinnati to salvage a split of the four-game series. All of Cincinnati’s eight runs in the series have come on homers, seven of them solo shots.

“Two nights in a row,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “They’re swinging it, and getting them over the fence. I thought Beachy was terrific. [Mike] Minor did a nice job yesterday getting us deep in the ballgame, and Beachy did a great job keeping it right there. We just didn’t have any offense to score.”

Long balls have been the Braves’ pitchers’ undoing for two nights, while their own offense has struggled in a ballpark that’s conducive to scoring.

“Of all the places,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s baseball. You can’t figure it out. You try to figure it out, you’ll go crazy.”

The Braves managed just two hits in Monday’s 4-1 loss, when Minor gave up a career-high four homers. They’ve scored eight runs in their past four games and 31 runs in their 4-5 stretch.

Beachy came in as as the major league leader in ERA (1.33) and opponents’ slugging percentage (.224). He had allowed one home run this season and was 5-0 in his past seven starts.

The ascendant second-year pitcher has given up more than one homer in three of 37 career starts, including both of his starts at the Reds’ hitter-friendly ballpark on the banks of the Ohio River.

Beachy gave up two homers against the Reds last season on July 24, after two at Colorado on July 19. That was the extent of his multi-homer misadventures before Tuesday.

Phillips hit a two-run homer in the first inning and solo shot in the fourth, his first homers since April 24. Afterward the Reds second baseman credited Braves veteran Chipper Jones for a tip he gave him before the game. He said Jones told him, “You have great hands, you need to use them.”

“Me and Chipper are cool,” Phillips said.

While the Reds have teed off for two nights, the Braves’ offense has continued in a funk. They got two hits in eight innings against previously winless Mike Leake on Monday, and Mat Latos (3-2) limited them to five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings Tuesday.

Bourn homered to start the game, then Latos retired the next eight batters before Bourn doubled in the third inning. Bourn homered in the eighth off right-hander Logan Ondrusek, giving him twice as many homers in one night as he’d had all season.

“He was our offense, really,” Gonzalez said. “Him and Heyward.”

Jason Heyward had an RBI double in the fourth inning to score Dan Uggla from first base with none out. Freddie Freeman led off the inning with a single but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.

Before getting three extra-base hits Tuesday, Bourn had been 1-for-17 in his past four games.

The odd thing about the Reds’ two-night power-hitting display has been the participants, which haven’t included Joey Votto or Jay Bruce.

Votto and Bruce had 12 homers between them in 17 home games before this series, while all other Reds had a combined six homers this season at Great American Ball Park before the Braves came to town.

Those other players have seven homers in the past two nights, while Votto and Bruce have none.

Before giving up three homers, Beachy had allowed only one in 72 innings over 11-plus starts dating to Sept. 5. But on Tuesday, it was the opposing pitcher who stole the show.

“I guess you’ve got to tip your hat to their starting pitching,” Gonzalez said. “You hand the ball off to their bullpen and you’re going to be in trouble, because it’s a short game.”

David Ross lined out to the shortstop with a runner on to end the game, after closer Aroldis Chapman struck out  Uggla and Heyward to start the inning, Heyward swinging at a 100-mph fastball for strike 3.

“We’ve run into some good pitching staffs,” said Heyward, who struck out three times, twice against Latos. “We lost 4-3, a one-run game. We hung in there. They swung the bats well and were able to maintain that lead. But again, we were close. We had another  opportunity at the end of the game to tie it up…. That’s all you can ask for.”

Said Bourn: “It was a hard-fought game both ways. They hit a couple of home runs as well, and they were able to hold the lead the rest of the game. Chapman came in and closed it down. We fought them at the end pretty good, but he’s not easy to get to, throwing that hard.”

66 comments Add your comment

Chop Chop

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm

Beachy gives up a lot of fly balls. I’m not surprised that that hurt him in Cincy.

rich

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm

This team is lost without Chipper in the lineup – no heart

Josh

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm

I can’t wait until Fredi blames this on the park.

GABP is comparable in size to Turner field, and actually bigger in some parks, except for the right field wall (where both of Bourn’s homers landed.)

We were just outmatched. Plain and simple. Don’t sugarcoat it- fix it.

Virginia Brave Fan

May 22nd, 2012
9:58 pm

Beachy will be fine. He’s still having a career year. Braves’ bats need to warm up. I’m concerned about our offense without Chipper. Damn, we’re gonna miss him next season.

Virginia Brave Fan

May 22nd, 2012
9:59 pm

Oh, and thanks again for your work, DOB. Let me know if you ever wanna switch jobs for a couple weeks.

farmer

May 22nd, 2012
9:59 pm

another miserable performance by our pathetic offense.. what else is new? and lost first place.. great night guys, you idiots

farmer

May 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

this team really pisses me off. another pathetic performance tonight.. great job guys.. why don’t yall play like a major league team every night? too bad our manager sucks.. Fredi does Cincinnati get a “tip of the cap” tonight you moron.

BravesfaninWis

May 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Just checked the Braves website and the Nats have a half game lead in the division. Well, that’s what you get when you give up 7 HR’s in 2 games and play with no heart. It’s always right there for them to take, but they always seem to come up just short.

Largo

May 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm

With questionable pitching and inconsistent offense lately we may be in trouble.

jokurone

May 22nd, 2012
10:06 pm

This road trip is begining to make the last road trip look like a fluke. Jekyl & Hyde

BamaBravesFan

May 22nd, 2012
10:09 pm

Farmer, I’m amazed by your stupidity. I would love to see you play 162 games and not have a few bad nights. In reality the best team will lose at least 50 times a year. Give them some credit.

NRBQ

May 22nd, 2012
10:15 pm

Farmer -

This team, which entered the series in first place, with the third-best record in the majors, pisses you off.

You need to head out to the barn. Bed down with your swine.

pcooa braves fan

May 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

I’m definitely not givng up on the Braves, but it’s hard to watch the lack of offense when you know they can do better. Freddi is going to tip his hat to their pitching, but that is no excuse. We JUST could not hit the ball. Everyone just seemed to give up and not try. Bourne was the only one that seemed to care.

cmc

May 22nd, 2012
10:22 pm

Ahhhh, I see that we have a new member of this blog who goes to extremes when the Braves don’t meet unreasonable expectations for each and every game on the schedule. Yes, welcome aboard to yet another blogger who obviously doesn’t have a clue about the game of baseball.

BravesFAN

May 22nd, 2012
10:23 pm

DOB – What are your thoughts on Jason Heyward at the plate right now?

His average an OBP have consistently gone down the last month. April 21st his avg was .315 and his OBP was .383 now it’s May 22nd and his avg is .241 with an OBP of .333. His average has dropped 74 points and his OBP has dropped 50.

The last 14 games he’s drawn 3 walks compared to 16 K’s. For the entire month he’s hit for a .206 avg and a .325 OBP which is pathetic. Of his 10 walks this month 7 came in the first 5 days of the month. His avg, OBP, SLG %, and OPS have all dropped since April. His average and OBP and SLG% aren’t much better than his injury plagued 2011 season.

What’s the deal and is this what we should expect from J-Hey? He’s not injured as far as I know so why isn’t he performing like he did in his rookie year when he was healthy?

The Real Brave

May 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm

If the Reds are hitting that many homeruns, what does that say about our scouting and pitching coach?

What a bunch of maroons

May 22nd, 2012
10:42 pm

It’s contagious.

D.A. Nuggla

May 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

If the Braves expect to salvage at least one game against the Reds better do it tomorrow. That guy named Homer Bailey who owns the Braves will be pitching for the Reds on Thursday. Just go ahead and mark that one down as a loss. They handle the really good pitchers but lose to the really bad ones. Sounds like a lack of motivation from the manager to me.

Buzz 2011

May 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

The Braves are only an average team and will not be a factor i postseason.

john heard

May 22nd, 2012
10:52 pm

calm down people !! and that is an order from your superior officer !!!! by the way , we are only a sub-standard team that might make it to the playoff’s with alot of luck.. plain an simple..

Chippers Son

May 23rd, 2012
12:22 am

Jeez everybody..simmer down. We will be fine..A bad 2 games and everyone throws a hissy fit.

sparko

May 23rd, 2012
1:07 am

“All of Cincinnati’s eight runs in the series have come on homers, seven of them solo shots.”

it was 6 solo and one 2 run homer.

kevkat

May 23rd, 2012
1:25 am

Again, hopefully no one will blame this on the ball park. Both teams were hitting in the same park. (Well currently one team is hitting in this ball park) Also I agree with Freddi that Beachy hung in there however, honesty compels me to report he wasn’t “terrific”. I like Beachy’s honest assessment of how he pitched. Go get them today!

Mitchell

May 23rd, 2012
2:04 am

Further evidence of what happens when the Braves don’t get dominant pitching.

As great as the offense has been at times in the first month and a half of the season, the Braves continue to live and die by pitching.

Unless somebody steps up (unlikely) with an MVP like performance in the second half to carry the offense, this team is going to be in the same boat four months from now as they were eight months ago…

Grasping for wins.

I mean, hey. Maybe we can trade Chad Durbin for Felix Hernandez.

Maybe? Yes? No? No? Yes!

Well, maybe not. I guess it doesn’t work that way.

Coulda fooled me though.

Mitchell

May 23rd, 2012
2:06 am

Buzz 2011

May 22nd, 2012
10:47 pm

The Braves are only an average team and will not be a factor i postseason

Well said.

Well, somewhat.

canadian falcon

May 23rd, 2012
4:01 am

If the Braves were as inconsistent as the fans on this blog, then i would be concerned. When they win you say, we’re gonna win the world series and have a great manager and gm…….. They lose a few and everyone in the organization is an idiot or a moron. Lmao

fsubravo

May 23rd, 2012
6:40 am

we need chippper to play!!!

longtimefan

May 23rd, 2012
6:58 am

The Braves lost a couple in a row to a good team on the road. It happens during the course of a long season. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t mean they aren’t “playing with heart”. How do you even figure something like that?
I still believe the Braves have the players to make it to the Series. And you FG bashers out there- ESPN poll asking who is the best ML manager so far this year has Fredi listed in the five choices. That is from an objective source. Haven’t seen the idiotic “Fire Fredi” bs around here lately.

Ifr4

May 23rd, 2012
8:24 am

GABP is comparable in size to Turner Field? Not exactly. It’s shorter in every dimension except CF. It’s 15 ft shorter in RCF. Aside from that, you need to study some stats…GABP has given up the most HR’s in MLB in the last two or three years, a graphic Joe Simpson highlighted last night. That’s more than Coors, Ranger’s, and a few other band boxes. That’s not to mention the Braves’ abysmal record there the last five years. Even when they’ve been good, they’ve struggled at GABP. So all you complainers can keep B-a-M’n. The rest of us REAL fans won’t judge the entire season on the team’s performance in GABP.

Winchester

May 23rd, 2012
8:32 am

Will someone throw a bucket of cold water on this team. They go out and get a couple of sweeps, take down the formitable Cardinals, figured out the Fish, and fall back into their funk with lesser teams. Not even a hitter friendly park can stir up their bats.

No motivation and no heart makes this team a true candidate for mediocrity. Sorry, Braves. Your spin as a contender for a successful post season does not fit the reality of your efforts.

Braves Fan in Maine

May 23rd, 2012
8:38 am

the braves are in some trouble…. they have 2 more games with cin then 3 games with washington who is playing out of there minds right now….. braves have to win the next two and take atleast 2/3 from the nationals to be in good shape but if we get swept by cin and lose 2/3 by washington then shake things up

Chaos

May 23rd, 2012
8:41 am

The management team is going to have to win a couple of games for us somewhere down the road. The pitching and hitting are going to have off nights, but sometimes a little creative run production can help. I can see Fredi trying to get the team to be more versitile than just swinging for the fences. It will all come together soon I hope because we have a great combination of power and speed. Maybe the bad part about last nights game was that Borne never got on base….:)

coach joe

May 23rd, 2012
8:44 am

WE need Chipper in the line up. Toast without him..

Reid in EAV

May 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

Chipper, you gave Phillips hitting advice why, exactly?

Marc Schneider

May 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

rich

May 22nd, 2012
9:57 pm
This team is lost without Chipper in the lineup – no heart

The Braves miss his bat, not his heart.

Frederick

May 23rd, 2012
9:24 am

What is the Kentucky River?

Paul in Richmond

May 23rd, 2012
9:27 am

In a way this team is exactly like Larry Jones. Its “heart” is day-to-day with us watching expectantly to see if their heart will be able to play or if it will sit on the bench and talk about how good we are when it is playing….

Mike Lum

May 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

Revisionist Geography= Kentucky River

least of the east

May 23rd, 2012
10:00 am

when Bourn is your only power source in this ballpark, you are in trouble.
getting outhomered by so much doesn’t work.
the offense is too sporadic -blows hot and cold way too much.
when the dust settles, the Phils will be on top and the Braves will be out of the playoffs.

PS Bucs called up Locke and Hernandez and got back Mc Louth(still useless). so for now they have everyone (all 4) from that fabulous Braves trade on their roster.

Ed

May 23rd, 2012
11:09 am

We are gonna keep running Ugla out there.

Rick

May 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

WOW! How fast the bandwagon and the sky is falling fans come out! Can you guys please, please, RELAX. Sometimes it rains! Sometimes you get out pitched and out hit! Not with the cap tipping just sometimes other guys do what we want the Braves to do every night! Not going to win every game. Yes Uggla strikes out to much, yes he swings at the bender every time but give him some time and just like last year he will start to go the other way with the ball. Baseball is about adjustments and regardless of what you “SCOUTS” think, it is hard to make adjustments even over a weeks worth of time! Be patient!! Yes Minor scares me, and yes sometimes Freddi makes a bad move, but when we took 2 of 3 from one of the best teams in the AL (that would be the Rays), beat two of the best pitchers (without Chipper) this lets me know that this team will be all right. The SKY IS NOT FALLING!!!! Let the Braves continue to play hard every day is what we ask. Sometimes you the hammer and sometimes you are the nail! We will be ok!

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

WOW Finally a true Braves Fan. Great job Rick and completely agree.

Rick

May 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

Born and raised in the ATL, Tommy and nobody bad’s mouth my teams. Die hard fan, and I will always cheer EVERY team in the ATL. A TRUE Braves Fan recognizing another TRUE fan. Go Braves!

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
11:39 am

I was born in Pousan South Korea. Now reside in Athens, Georgia as an exchange student. Always loved the Braves and always will. Anya Hashimika and Go Braves!!!

gratefuldead89

May 23rd, 2012
11:55 am

nats are the team to beat in the nl east

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
12:00 pm

@gratefuldead89.. Just exactly do you think you are doig on here? take your love for the Nats some where else, This is Brave country. I am going to tell you what I think of you> Moga Moga Chi Chi Miki Lao su. Go Braves!!!!

gratefuldead89

May 23rd, 2012
12:02 pm

i mean objectively speaking, i do not think the braves are a better team then the nationals… better pitching, better manager, and they have been bopping the ball as of late. I’m concerned about the arms for the braves. its clear you need another starter

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
12:06 pm

@gratefuldead89 Take your negativity elsewhere. We dont need you Shi Hu

gratefuldead89

May 23rd, 2012
12:09 pm

i’m not being negative, i’m just expressing my views on the braves and the nl east as i see them; is that not the purpose of a message board? beachy is def quality, but the braves lack arms… maybe roy oswalt could help?

The Grinch

May 23rd, 2012
12:22 pm

I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the strikeout Beachy should have gotten when it was still 1-0. He couldn’t have fired it through the middle of the strike zone any more accurately with a rifle and the ump blew the call. Braves should have won 3-2.

Rick

May 23rd, 2012
12:23 pm

Braves still ROCK! Hey Tommy teach me that Moga Moga Chi Chi Miki Lao Su………….I want to use that while I am talking to my supervisor!

ChopAttack

May 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

It’s difficult to get too upset. Last night we played without Chipper and McCann. Those are two huge pieces to the lineup.

Heyward is still a work in progress. That’s why he’s batting 7th. He has one multi-hit game over the past month. People need to be patient. It could be a couple of years before he finds his way out there.

D.A. Nuggla

May 23rd, 2012
12:30 pm

Can anybody out there adequately describe Fredi G’s personality? I cannot figure it out. As one poster said, he is more like a robot, with no personality. I have seen times when any manager would have gotten somewhat agitated, and FG shows no emotion at all. I know one thing he is never going to get any close calls from any umpires. He is the total opposite of Ron Washington, mgr. for the TX Rangers. Now there’s a real manager for you! I’m not a big fan of TX, but he even gets me motivated and excited when watching one of their games.

ChopAttack

May 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

Some of the idiotic complaints about Fredi are comical. There are legitimate concerns. Like intentional walks in the wrong situations or bunting too much. However, if your complaint is he doesn’t argue with the umps or doesn’t “show emotion” you’re just embarrassing yourself. It’s not a logical argument.

D.A. Nuggla

May 23rd, 2012
12:36 pm

“ChopAttack” you said “It’s difficult to get too upset. Last night we played without Chipper and McCann.” We lost didn’t we? On 5/10 we played without Bourn and CJ, and lost, simply because FG thought Bourn needed a rest. He was hot as a firecracker. Do you think those two games won’t count as much as the games at the end of the year? Came up one game short last year, could be two games this year. The mindset of FG is that these games don’t mean as much this time of year.

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

@Rick Its not nice. It might get you fired.

Rick

May 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm! LOL, would they recognize it if I spoke softly in hush tones?

JK

May 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

Hopefully, in the future, Chipper will wait until the END of the last game of a series to give an opponent hitting advice.

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

@Rick.. How about just Shi Hu{Shut UP}

ChopAttack

May 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

D.A…. The Braves came up one game short in the final standings, but the team was injured. Maybe you should take a break for awhile. Baseball has a long season. I’m not sure someone is panicking after two games should watch the sport.

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
1:00 pm

@ChopAttack Great idea. Lets have another Saki and quit worrying. Go Braves!!!!

alex

May 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

Shaun, please define : regression to the mean”…………

No. 1 Braves Fan

May 23rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Some Braves fans??? are pitiful. Sometimes those who say nothing are considered to be smart.

Tommy

May 23rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Which 1 are you Braves Fan?

REAGAN2012

May 23rd, 2012
3:38 pm

THEM REDS NOW HOW TO GET THE BALLS IN THE AIR WHEN THAT BALL PARKS PLAYS LIKE BANNED BOX BRAVES HITTERS NEED TO GET THE BALLS UP IN THE STREAMS

What a bunch of maroons

May 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

“f the Braves were as inconsistent as the fans on this blog” Speak for yourself. Booby Cox sux. Retire NOW Larry. I told you so. I’ve been consistent since 1996.

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