SEATTLE -- Blake Beavan has broken into the big leagues, found some success, had his share of failures and is now ready to take the next step in his professional career. For Beavan, that means being better at making adjustments.
"It's just a matter of making little adjustments and still remembering what's gotten you here to this point and what's worked for you," Beavan said. "For me, that's being able to use my fastball and locate and use both sides of the plate. Sometimes I get in the habit of mixing stuff up too much when I don't need to.
"Usually it's the one-inning thing, one inning just kills your outing or just changes the whole situation of the game. That's something I'm trying to get better at and realize before it kind of snowballs or turns into a big inning."
Beavan has had a good run since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma -- where he spent about a month during parts of June and July -- posting a 4-1 record with 4.02 record in six starts. He faced just one above the minimum in five of his six innings in taking the loss on Monday, but was done in by a four-run third.
Still, being able to work around that inning and, except for that hiccup, continue his stretch of good pitching, gives Beavan greater confidence. And when the big right-hander believes in himself, it's easier to go out and get the job done.
"As a young guy, a young inexperienced player, you always want people breathing confidence in you and yourself believing you can do it up here, and for me it's just a matter of making small adjustments," Beavan said. "Whether it's getting my breaking ball over for strikes early or late in the count -- whichever it might be -- or maybe it's attacking guys, more aggressive. I think I've done a better job since I've been back, but I still feel like I need to do a better job of that."