On September 14, 2011, Braves’ fireballer Brandon Beachy establishes the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher when he whiffs out eight batters in 4.1 innings, bringing his to total to 160.
On March 24, 2011, the Braves announced that Beachy would be the club’s fifth starter for the 2011 season. He was selected over Mike Minor for the final spot in Atlanta’s rotation. In his fourth start of the season, he recorded his first major-league win by throwing six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium on April 19. During his first game back from an oblique injury, he set a new career high with 11 strikeouts in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 22, 2011. He was 7–3 with a 3.68 ERA in 25 starts that season for the Braves.
Irv Young struck out 156 in 1905 when the team played in Boston and were known as the Beaneaters. He played six seasons from 1905 to 1911 for the Boston Beaneaters/Doves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago White Sox.
Young is one of only two pitchers in modern (post–1900) baseball history to win 20 games for a team that lost 100 games, going 20-21 for the 51-103 Beaneaters of 1905 (the other pitcher to do it was Ned Garver for the 1951 St. Louis Browns)