Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/14/13
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ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts after the Braves' 6-0 loss to the Giants on Friday night at Turner Field. 1. The Braves had no answer for Bumgarner -- yet again There used to be time Atlanta had its way against Madison Bumgarner, tagging him for a 4.30 ERA in his first four starts with four home runs -- the third-most of any team vs. the All-Star in the last three years -- and a .247 average. But that time is apparently over. While Bumgarner had gone 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in his last seven road appearances, he kept the Braves hitless until Chris Johnson's leadoff single in the sixth inning -- they would add another single via Freddie Freeman in the seventh -- as he stuck out 10 and walked one over seven innings. Add in the last time he faced Atlanta (May 11), and this season Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 0.07 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP against the Braves. "He was pretty good," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Our bats didn't look very good because of that. He threw breaking pitches behind in the count and spotted his fastball and made some great pitches in two-strike situations to our hitters and we couldn't put the ball in play." Bumgarner (6-4) was simply dominant in dealing Atlanta its first loss in the last eight home games against left-handers, falling behind in the count just four times before issuing his only walk to B.J. Upton in the fifth inning and nine times in all. "He's deceptive," said Braves starter Kris Medlen. "He's coming out of the crowd, I hear the guys talking about it all the time, he's kind of on the left side of the rubber and he's got that really low angle. It's tough to see. It's funky, he shows his back to you. ... I was just swinging at everything. If he would have thrown it in the dirt I probably would have swung because I couldn't see anything." 2. The plan for Beachy's return has hit a snag Citing tenderness in Beachy's elbow after Thursday's start for Triple-A Gwinnett, general manager Frank Wren announced during the sixth inning that the right-hander will not start in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets as previously planned. It was slated to be Beachy's first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 21, 2012. "He's a little more tender than he had been in the past, post-start, so we're going to scratch him from the start Tuesday and let him heal up a little bit," Wren said. This was the first hiccup for Beachy, who did not look crisp in what was his final scheduled rehab assignment. He gave up three runs, two earned and walked four in three innings. "He thinks this is a setback or something and it really isn't," Gonzalez said. "He hasn't had a setback al year and this is something we have to take a little precaution with, really." In five rehab start in all at Rome, Mississippi and Gwinnett, Beachy struck out 22 in 22 innings and walked 12. But his command was inconsistent at times, a common issue for players coming back from Tommy John. Doctors saw nothing structurally wrong with Beachy's elbow, with Wren citing a desire to see the inflammation go down before deciding when Beachy will pitch again. "There's no rush," Wren said. "We had hoped he could make this start in the doubleheader, but it wasn't a make-or-break start, obviously. The most important thing is to get him healthy long-term and we feel like pushing him back and giving him more time is the prudent thing to do." The Braves have not made a decision on who will pitch either of Tuesday's game. Wren said that will come after Sunday night's conclusion of the Giants series. But the move does create a bit of a reprieve, as the decision over who would move out of the rotation for Beachy had been a burning question that Gonzalez admitted they had no clear answer for. 3. Medlen isn't buying this as a setback Things got off to a forgettable start for Medlen as he allowed a leadoff home run to Gregor Blanco as part of a three-hit first inning for the Giants. By the third inning, San Francisco had seven hits, equal to what Medlen had allowed in his last two starts combined. In all, Medlen gave up nine hits, six for extra bases, including two doubles by Buster Posey. It was the first time he had yielded nine hits since May 8, 2010 vs. the Dodgers, and he saw his 14-inning scoreless steak snapped as he fell to 3-7. For Medlen it was confounding, not due to the stat line, but because he believed he was in complete command of his pitches. "It felt great, I felt like I was ahead of guys and it was one of the most frustrating games, really," Medlen said. "They're a team that doesn't strike out a lot. They lead the league in not striking out a lot, so they put the balls in play." He's right. The Giants, who entered Friday with the fewest strikeouts in the majors and who whiffed six times against the Braves, had a .364 batting average on balls in play against Medlen. Though he didn't get much help form his outfield. Jason Heyward tripped as Joaquin Arias got a ground-rule double in second inning and B.J. Upton tried to make a shoestring catch that he missed as Hunter Pence delivered an RBI double in the third.
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