ATLANTA, GA - MAY 17: Brandon Beachy #37 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after pitching a complete-game shutout to give the Braves a 7-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on May 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Marlins: Life Is Beachy In Atlanta Following Complete Game Shutout

Beachy improved his league-leading ERA to 1.33 following another fantastic performance on Thursday night.

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Braves Split Series With Marlins As Mike Minor Struggles, Brandon Beachy Dominates

The Braves split a quick two-game series with the Marlins this week. Similar to their two-game series with the Reds this week, Atlanta lost the first game and then dominated the second with a stellar pitching performance. For as much as Mike Minor struggled against a hot Miami lineup, Brandon Beachy was the story of the series after throwing a complete game shutout.

Wednesday's game started well for the Braves as they staked themselves to an early lead, but Minor's continued struggles while pitching out of the stretch eventually led Atlanta to an 8-4 defeat. Neither Michael Bourn nor Chipper Jones started for the Bravos, which makes the loss a little more understandable.

For having such a rough go of it the night before, the Braves were in complete and total control for nine innings in the series finale. Beachy went the distance to throw nine stellar shutout innings, allowing five hits and no walks. He struck out six. Everyone in the Atlanta lineup (including Beachy) had a hitter other than Dan Uggla, and everyone other than Uggla and Tyler Pastornicky picked up an RBI as the Braves won 7-0.

The club now heads south to take on the Tampa Bay Rays to begin interleague play.

For more on the Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop.


Brandon Beachy Throws Complete Game Shutout As Braves Defeat Marlins 7-0

Brandon Beachy made it known across the entire National League on Thursday night: he is now among the best starting pitchers in the league following yet another dominant performance.

After entering Thursday as the league leader in ERA, Beachy threw a complete game shutout against the hottest team in baseball over the course of the last two weeks. The Braves went on to defeat the Marlins by a score of 7-0.

Beachy allowed just five hits on Thursday night, not walking a single batter. He went to a three-ball count one time while throwing 122 pitches. Beachy struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.33 for the season and improved his record to 5-1.

Ricky Nolasco has been dominated by the Braves throughout his career and was hit hard once again tonight, lasting just four innings while surrendering four runs. He gave up seven hits and walked a batter, striking out two in the process.

All hitters in the Atlanta lineup had a hit outside of Dan Uggla. All hitters outside of Uggla and Tyler Pastornicky had an RBI. Freddie Freeman, who wore glasses in the field to help combat a scratched cornea, hit his seventh homer of the year. Martin Prado continued his bid to win National League Player of the Week, roping out two more hits, including an RBI-triple in the first inning.

At the end of the day, the real story here was Brandon Beachy. This is a guy who went undrafted and was throwing in a local independent league in Indiana four years ago. Tonight, he shut down one of the hottest lineups in all of baseball. What a story.

The Braves will now hit the road once again to take on the Rays in Tampa Bay.

For more on the club, head over to Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Marlins Lineups: Michael Bourn, Chipper Jones Return

Following a sloppy night of baseball on Wednesday, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is turning back to his favorite lineup to salvage a series split with the Marlins. After giving Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones the night off, both are back in the lineup hitting in their customary spots.

The Braves will hand the ball to Brandon Beachy this evening, who has been among the best pitchers in the game thus far. For as inconsistent as last night's starter, Mike Minor, has been, Beachy has given the club a great start just about every time he's taken the mound. The Marlins are a hot-hitting team right now and will be one of his toughest challenges yet.

Here is the batting order for Thursday evening.

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado LF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Dan Uggla 2B
Brian McCann C
Chipper Jones 3B
Jason Heyward RF
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Brandon Beachy P

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The Braves hit the road yet again after tonight, so make your way down to the ballpark if you're in the area.

For more on the Braves, head over to Talking Chop.


Marlins Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will go for a series split of their brief two-game matchup with the Miami Marlins on Thursday night with the major league leader in ERA Brandon Beachy taking the mound. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco.

Beachy has been lights out this season as his microscopic ERA suggests. He is also holding opponents to a .181 batting average and has allowed just one homer in 45 innings this season. Nolasco has struggled in his last four outings at Turner Field where he has gone 1-2 with a 6.97 ERA. He was 1-1 against the Braves in five starts last season.

Game Date/Time: Thursday, May 17, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 3.65 ERA) vs. Brandon Beachy (4-1, 1.60 ERA)

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 680 The Fan

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For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news and info is available at Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Marlins Score: Mike Minor Struggles Again As Atlanta Falls 8-4

The struggles for Mike Minor continued on Wednesday night against a red-hot Marlins team. Despite being staked to an early 1-0 lead, Minor lasted just 4.2 innings after allowing six runs on six hits and three walks. His record dropped to 2-3 on the season and his ERA is now 7.09.

Mark Buehrle settled in nicely after a rough first inning and worked six frames of four-run ball. He struck out four and allowed just one walk. The Marlins' bullpen pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

Miami rallied for three runs in the fourth inning that was sparked by a two-run double from Austin Kerns. Jose Reyes stole home to steal a run in the fifth, and then Emilio Bonifacio drove in another run with an RBI-single to right field.

The Braves cut the deficit to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but Cristhian Martinez promptly surrendered a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton to give Miami a commanding 8-4 lead. Stanton also robbed Jason Heyward of what would have been a two-run triple in the second inning with a phenomenal sliding catch in the fourth.

Atlanta will look to split the two-game series on Thursday evening. Brandon Beachy will take the mound and will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Braves Vs. Marlins: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

Mike Minor will try and continue righting his rough early season against the Marlins on Wednesday night. After taking the win against St. Louis on Friday, Minor and 6.59 ERA will look for back-to-back wins for the first time this year. The Braves enter the series with a half-game lead on the Nationals, and a 3.5 game lead on the Marlins, thanks to wins in four of their last five.

Freddie Freeman is officially listed as day-to-day with scratches in both eyes. Freeman sat out Tuesday and will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 16, 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Mike Minor (2-2) vs. Mark Buehrle (2-4)

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. Miami Marlins news and info can be found at Fish Stripes, and all your MLB news and info is available at Baseball Nation.

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