That was weird. They piled on early, and actually won a game by more than 3 runs for only the second time all year. They were up 5-0 after the first, and when the dust was settled, the 8 runs of support was a rare sight: Julio Teheran has only received 8 runs of support in 6 starts since the beginning of 2015 (68 starts). Good for that guy.
Teheran was mostly sharp, but ran into some trouble in the 7th and couldn’t get through it. He still threw 2/3 of his pitches for strikes, and Eric O’Flaherty pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. Matt Wisler came in relief for two innings, and he was also sharp, dialing it up to 96 and throwing 17 of 26 pitches for strikes. He didn’t walk anyone, and he gave up one hit and no runs.
We really should do this more often, and not just to the Padres, especially considering the Pads are now 9-14, which means they’d be almost a .500 ballclub if not for the Braves. When you face the back end of a rotation even as good as the Mets, the Braves have to be able to pound them. 5 regulars in our lineup now have OPSes of .750 or higher, and if Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte can get going, then that’s a lineup.
Afternoon game! 1:05 start.