“Happy Father’s Day” only comes around once a year, but “Happy Padres Day” may come around many times; in this case, 3 times in the 4 game set.
Julio Teheran held the Padres hitless for 6 innings and struck out 11, before leaving after 96 pitches and some cramping. Shane Carle, A.J. Minter, and Arodys Vizcaino each managed to record 2 strikeouts AND to allow 2 hits in their respective innings, Minter allowing the run.
Johan Camargo‘s 4th inning double gave the Braves the only 2 runs they would need, but Tyler Flowers‘s 2 run homer in the 8th gave the bullpen some needed breathing room. Flowers was in for Kurt Suzuki, who was hit on the head on a backswing by his counterpart Rafael Lopez, and removed as a precaution. Nick Markakis added 3 hits, and a diving catch to end the game.
The Braves complete the homestand at 5 – 1, and open up a 3.5 game lead over the Nationals. At Toronto on Tuesday.
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