LAKELAND, Fla. -- Brandon Beachy has always been his own harshest critic. Even when he was called out of the instructional league to make the first three starts of his Major League career late in the 2010 season, it seemed like he would not be satisfied with anything short of perfection.
But after allowing consecutive one-out walks to haunt him during a four-run second inning in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers, Beachy seemed satisfied. There's no doubt he would have liked better results in his debut. But the 25-year-old Braves pitcher has come to understand this is the time of year to learn from mistakes.
"At this point last year, if I go out and do this, I'm at a totally different place in my mind," Beachy said. "Today, I felt good. I think that is the number one thing when you go out there the first time."
Had Beachy been competing for the final rotation spot like he was at this time last year, he would have been much harder on himself after he retired the first four Tigers he faced and then issued consecutive one-out walks. Making the walks to Delmon Young and Alex Avila more frustrating was the fact that he had been ahead of both with an 0-2 count.
Ryan Strieby followed the walks with an RBI single and then scored when Ryan Raburn smoked a fastball to deep center field for a two-run triple. Beachy said his fastball command was a problem during the second inning.
"That's what got him in trouble last year, those kinds of innings," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I know it was his first outing and everything, but that's what we need to get past."
Beachy was pleased that he consistently got ahead in the count and that he was comfortable with both his changeup and curveball.
"I like him a lot," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's very impressive. That second inning, he just got some balls up and walked a couple guys and Raburn jumped on one. He got one down in the hitting zone for Raburn, and he hit it pretty good. It was just a matter of him getting the ball up, out over the plate. He was probably fighting his control a little bit. He's really good."