Braves Lose Game One To Nationals Despite Strong Start From Julio Teheran


May 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher

Julio Teheran

(49) pitches in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Teheran had yet another strong outing last night against the Washington Nationals, but the Braves bats remained silent, even with Stephen Strausburg coming out after two innings. The Nats won 3-2 and took the first game of a three game series at Turner Field.

Craig Stammen entered the game after Strausburg exited and threw four innings without allowing a hit or a walk.

The Atlanta offense was only able to get four hits on the night. Two came from first baseman Freddie Freeman and two from Ramiro Pena, who was playing shortstop. Other than those two, the Braves weren’t able to get a thing done. The team struck out ten times compared to just one walk.

Teheran managed 6.2 innings of work and allowed three runs on seven Washington hits. He also struck out nine batters and walked just one. It is good to see Teheran continuing to pitch well even if the Braves aren’t taking advantage of it. He has been the second best pitcher in the rotation (behind Mike Minor) and seems to finally be coming into his own.

The Braves will take on the Nationals again tonight at 7:15 and then wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:35. The Braves are currently 4.5 games ahead of the Nationals, but with more games like last night, that lead could be cut very thin.