PEORIA, Ariz. -- Young Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan struck out three straight batters on a slow curveball early in Wednesday's start against the Brewers, but wound up giving up six hits and three runs in his three-inning outing as Seattle dropped a 7-6 decision.
For the big 23-year-old, it was a mixed-results day as he gave up a home run on a slider in the second inning and then a two-run bomb on a fastball that drifted over the plate to Khris Davis in the third as his spring ERA climbed to 5.63 in eight innings over three outings.
"There's a lot of positive and then a couple negatives," Beavan said. "I can sit here and say it's early and every excuse, but there were just some bonehead pitches at times, especially with two outs [with both home runs]. That just makes you cringe when you give up something like that with two outs and you're almost through the inning. It's just something to look at and keep in mind for the next time I'm out there."
Beavan continues to feel good about his refined delivery, which is allowing him to get more downward angle on pitches and make the most of his 6-foot-7 frame.
"I feel night and day better than where I was last season, just from my angle and everything coming downhill and from the same arm slot," Beavan said. "Last year, I think I had a tendency of maybe tipping pitches at times or maybe giving hitters more of an advantage of me slowing my mechanics up.
"But I don't feel like I'm doing that at all with the stuff I'm doing now. Now it's just a matter of getting all these bad ones out of the way and working hard in the bullpen, and trying to repeat my delivery and get comfortable with that before we crank it up."
Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.