Atlanta Braves Offense Sputters, Fall to Dodgers 3-1


The Atlanta Braves were unable to provide any run support on a day that Julio Teheran was electric, as the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to salvage one game in the series, beating the Braves 3-1.

Julio Teheran took the loss on a day that he pitched a wonderful game, going 7 innings and tying his career high in strikeouts with 11. He allowed 3 earned runs on three hits while only walking 3 Dodgers. Though Teheran has struggled of late, Wednesday’s game showed that he may in fact be regaining his dominant form, which is encouraging for the team going forward.

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The Atlanta Braves drew first blood as Cameron Maybin drove home Andrelton Simmons on a ground out in the 3rd inning to plate the Braves only run of the day. Wednesday’s contest was another game in which the Atlanta Braves offense was unable to manufacture any run support for their starting pitcher.

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The Dodgers scored all three of their runs in an decisive fifth inning. Former Atlanta Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo hit an RBI single to drive in catcher Yasmani Grandal for LA’s first run. The hit parade continued when long-time Braves hater Jimmy Rollins doubled in Callaspo, making the score 2-1. Rollins eventually scored on an RBI single off the bat of Dodger wunderkind Joc Pederson.

The Atlanta Braves would hold the score at 3-1 for the rest of the game, as Ross Detwiler entered the game in relief for Julio Teheran in the 7th inning. David Aardsma and Arodys Vizcaino both pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves, continuing the recent success of the relief corps.

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The Atlanta Braves threatened in the 9th inning as Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen walked Braves’ center-fielder Cameron Maybin to lead off the inning. Nothing would come off the leadoff walk, as former Dodger Juan Uribe struck out to end the game, earning Jansen his 17th save on the 2015 season.

Overall, the Atlanta Braves played well against the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking 2 of the 3 games in the series at Turner Field. The team showed a tenacity that has been lacking as of late, and should boost their confidence going forward. This series was the beginning of an incredibly difficult stretch for the Atlanta Braves, who head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals and former right-fielder Jason Heyward in a 3 game series this weekend.

The St. Louis series kicks off a ten game road trip for the Braves, in which the results will dictate whether the team will be able to continue to contend for a playoff spot. First-baseman Freddie Freeman is projected to return at some point next week, which will provide a needed shot in the arm for a struggling Braves offense. 

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