Stop me if you’ve heard this before – The Braves got very good starting pitching, just enough offense to win, only to see a late bullpen collapse turn victory into defeat. This time Julio Teheran was….What? What do you mean? Sweet! No collapse, Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!
Jome Julio showed up again last night, tossing six strong innings of one run ball, giving up just three hits (two in the D’backs’ run scoring sixth), two walks, and striking out seven to earn his 8th win of the year.
The Braves opened the game having you believe they were going to challenge for the record for most double plays grounded into, with twin killings in the first, second, and fourth innings. Those DPs were sandwiched around two triple “plays” in the third – of the good kind. With one out, Andrelton Simmons singled, and was sacrificed to second by Julio, Jace Peterson followed with a two out triple down the right field line to plate the first run. Cameron Maybin followed with another triple – this one a screaming liner up the right-centerfield gap, to stake Teheran to a two run lead.
In the fifth, those four would get together for the Braves last run, with Simmons leading off with a single, Teheran sacrificing, followed by a Peterson walk, and Maybin RBI single.
Julio was cruising along, but in the top of the sixth, he gave up a one out single to Ender Inciarte, who was doubled home with two outs by Paul Goldschmidt. Which, since Goldschmidt is a dark horse MVP candidate is understandable. But that was all the Snakes could pin on Julio.
David Aardsma pitched the seventh and eighth, getting a highlight reel grab to end the top of the seventh from Maybin, and surrendering the second Arizona run when A.J. Pollack drove home Inciarte.
Arodys Vizcaino came on and threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save. Let’s keep this up.
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