Braves lose again, get bad news about Beachy’s elbow injury

Braves catcher David Ross consoles pitcher Mike Minor, who got the loss after giving up four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

Braves catcher David Ross consoles pitcher Mike Minor, who got the loss after giving up four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

NEW YORK — Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez was detailing his team’s latest loss, running down the list of what went wrong.

Then, very calmly, he added: “I have an announcement to make.”

It was not good news for the Braves, either — right-hander Brandon Beachy has a partial tear in his elbow.

Gonzalez revealed the results of an MRI exam after Monday night’s 6-2 defeat by the New York Yankees. He did not elaborate on the severity of the injury and said Beachy would see the team doctor before visiting noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

The 25-year-old Beachy is leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA. He is 5-5 in 13 starts in his first big league season.

Beachy was pulled from a start Saturday night and put on the 15-day disabled list the next day.

All in all, a lost day for Braves.

CC Sabathia struck out 10, Derek Jeter drove in three runs for the Yankees. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit solo home runs as New York matched its longest winning streak since May 2005.

The team with the AL’s best record kept rampaging in interleague play — all 10 of these triumphs have come against NL teams with winning records, including a sweep at Turner Field last week.

Michael Bourn led off the game with a triple and scored when Martin Prado followed with a groundout, ending Atlanta’s 20-inning shutout string. But the Braves’ first game at the new Yankee Stadium and first trip to the Bronx since 2006 still resulted in their seventh loss in eight tries.

“We had some opportunities to get CC. But as he always does, he gets better, stronger,” Gonzalez said.

Mike Minor (3-5) took a 2-0 lead into the fifth before Alex Rodriguez opened with a sharp single for the Yankees’ first hit. Cano followed with a walk, and Russell Martin lined a ground-rule double. Rodriguez scored on the hit, moving him past Mel Ott for 11th place on the career runs list with 1,860.

After another walk and foul out, Jeter came up for a club that has had trouble all season getting hits with runners in scoring position. He worked the count full, then grounded a hard single into center field that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead and brought his cheering parents to their feet in a private box.

“Couldn’t get the ball down,” Minor said. “Couple of guys got walks, and Jeter got a big hit.”

Sabathia (9-3) gave up seven hits in his 34th career complete game, and first since last July. He walked one, and fanned Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward to finish it.

Sabathia beat the Braves last Tuesday, too, and improved to 22-8 lifetime in interleague play. The workhorse had thrown exactly seven innings in his previous five starts, and topped that. The big lefty also became the latest Yankees starter to excel — the group is 12-1 in June, fueling New York’s dominant run.

David Ross singled with two outs in the Atlanta sixth, and Bourn hit a grounder through the middle. Jeter made a dive, and the shortstop got a forceout at second.

Teixeira hit the Yankees’ major league-leading 100th home run in the sixth. Jeter added an RBI single in the seventh off Kris Medlen, and Cano hit his 13th homer in the eighth.

Sabathia protected the lead, making it another missed Monday chance for the Braves — they are 0-10 on Mondays this season.

“We see it in spurts. You see it in a couple of guys and then somebody will make a good play or we get into a double play and we don’t keep the line moving,” Gonzalez said.

NOTES: Sitting in the right-center field stands, comedian-actor Cedric the Entertainer led the Bleacher Creatures in their “roll call.” Recently, New York Giants center David Baas and NBA player Antawn Jamison also took part in the playful player introductions. “It’s a little tradition they’re starting here, like having someone sing at Wrigley Field in the seventh-inning stretch,” said Cedric, a big Cardinals fan. “Jump in there with the crazies, fire everybody up.” ... Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (injured finger) missed his fifth straight game.


VSU 3 years, 3 months ago

Braves season is starting to look dim. They reek of inconsistancy, play like champions for about 4-5 games, then do an about face and play like a last place team. What was once the highest scoring team in the league is now lucky to score 2 runs a game. Pitching has become unreliable at times. Maybe Jurjens can come back strong and replace the void left by Beach's injury.


harryhood41 3 years, 3 months ago

Unreal. I still have a lot of faith in this team because the starting pitching has turned around. Hitting comes and goes, but they can't lose 8 games in a row anymore. I still thinl they'll win the East, but they need to start winning every single series. That line up is too good to not win. Hopefully they'll go out and get Garza or Dempster before the deadline. Need another veteran in that rotation.


coachjohnson42 3 years, 3 months ago

I knew this team would suck based on the off-season roster moves they made.... NOTHING!!! VSU tried to challenge my theory and say I was wrong.....but so far, I was more right than he was. This team is not going anywhere b/c they dont have enough good pitchers, good hitters, average defensive skills, and no consistent home-run threat.....all that equals is another disappointing season for BRAVES FANS....I dont even think they will win the division.......not strong enough


Sally_O 3 years, 3 months ago

You are wrong goatbreath! Actually you are more wrong than he is. I remember you saying they would be in last place, The Braves have been contending for 1st place most of the season. A few injuries and setbacks, but they are far from the bad team you make them out to be.

I noticed you said you didn't even think they will win the division which means you are unsure of yourself and that you hope they fail just so you can boast about it. What a loser you are.


VSU 3 years, 3 months ago

Don't worry about coachnonothing42, he has been hating on the Braves since the spring camp opened up. The Braves just snapped the Yankees 10 game winning streak, and about the most positive response you will get from him is "It's about time" Even through these losing funks the Braves go though, they are still only 3.5 games out of first. Coach said the Phillies were the best team in baseball, and they are 5 games under .500 and in last place in the division, get my point? Good thing The Cubs or Padres isn't his team, they are like 22-44? Da Corch could have a field day. Yet ASU beats a bunch of nobody teams and always loses to VSU and chokes in the playoffs but yet he supports them. Tiger Woods hasn't won a major tournament in 4 or 5 years, but Da Corch still thinks he's the greatest golfer out there, so that just shows what a hypocrit Da Corch is, he can support them, but can't support the Braves despite their injuries.


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