ESPN Box Score
Julio Teheran got the start today against the Padres, and in the first inning, he gave his teammates a lot of opportunities to make spectacular plays. I mean, the whole inning was like a big web gem. He clearly didn’t have his stuff, and diving stops were bailing him out all over the place. Luckily, he settled down quite nicely after that until the 6th inning. This was almost a non-thing when Evan Gattis very nearly threw out Will Venable stealing 2B with 2 outs. But he didn’t, and the next guy singled, and then Chase Headley hit one out. 3-zip. Teheran gave up another HR the next inning to give us what turned out to be the final score.
This was the final score because “Burch” Smith (I put it in quotes because that has to be his nickname or something. Right? He’s parents didn’t just misspell a tree, right?) was no-hitting the Braves. From that fact, you’d probably assume he was a LHP, but in fact he was a righty. Weird. Anyhow, the Braves did like nothing with the bats besides wave at pitches until Teheran, no doubt pissed about the whole “giving up 3 runs” thing, donked a single through the middle to lead off the bottom of the 6th. And despite Justin Upton doing the same thing a batter later, (two whole hits in one inning guys!) that was all she wrote. Freddie Freeman had a leadoff double in the 9th
that came to nothing, and that was your final.
Some random notes:
If you could combine Gattis’ arm with Brian McCann‘s quick release (I swear, it’s the only reason his one-hoppers ever look close), you’d have basically the perfect steal-preventer. Or I guess Andrelton Simmons behind the plate.
Speaking of Simmons, he booted one today. I don’t mean the usual “makes a great effort play to get to the ball in the first place and it glances off his glove” boot. I mean an honest to goodness mis-play. It was a sharply hit grounder, and on the replay, you could see it bounce of his forearm. I mean, he REALLY mis-juged it. Weirdest thing in the game IMO.
We also had a Kameron Loe sighting, and he wasn’t bad. Maybe Cameron Loe is just best experienced in small doses.