Beachy sets Braves rookie strikeout record

Beachy sets Braves rookie strikeout record

PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Beachy set an Atlanta rookie mark with his 140th strikeout of the season on Wednesday night in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Phillies. The record-breaking strikeout came against shortstop Michael Martinez in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park.

Beachy broke the record Jair Jurrjens set with 139 strikeouts in his rookie season in 2008. Since 1900, the only Braves rookie pitcher to notch more strikeouts was Irv Young, who recorded 156 strikeouts in 1905.

When the Braves were forced to bring Beachy to the Major Leagues for three emergency starts in place of the injured Jurrjens late last year, they appreciated his poise and ability to consistently command his fastball. This year, the 25-year-old right-hander has maintained those qualities while keeping hitters off balance with both his curveball and slider.

Beachy entered the Wednesday with a ratio of 10.10 strikeouts per nine innings. The only rookies in Major League history with better marks were Kerry Wood (12.58 in 1998), Dwight Gooden (11.39 in 1984) and Hideo Nomo (11.10 in 1995).

Of his accomplishment, Beachy said, "That's cool in its own right. That's pretty neat. But I'd rather have the win than anything like that."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.