Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, center, spends some time on the moound with pitcher Brandon Beachy, left, during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.
JUPITER, Fla. — Carlos Beltran has recovered from the flu and is ready to get back to playing ball.
Beltran went 2-for-4 in his return, with singles in the third and seventh innings on the first pitch of each at-bat. The 34-year-old outfielder saw only five pitches in four at-bats during the Cardinals’ 5-4 split-squad win against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Kolten Wong singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning for the Cardinals.
The teams combined to walk 19 batters. Starter Brandon Beachy issued five of the 12 walks for the Braves, who are 1-10 this spring.
“It was pretty terrible,” Beachy said. “I was struggling to throw strikes at times. I was trying to make adjustments, and they are just not coming as quickly as I need them to.”
After a smooth first inning, Beachy’s command faltered in the second.
He allowed one hit and three walks, including Erik Komatsu to bring in the Cardinals’ first run. Beachy walked to more in the third.
“I knew what I was trying to do. It just wasn’t happening,” said Beachy, who wanted to stop his head from moving so much during his delivery.