Teheran pitches a gem as Braves shutout the Blue Jays 6-0
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By. Andrew Rodberg
After an impressive win against the defending World Series Champs, Houston Astros yesterday, as previously stated in Ronald Acuna goes 3-5 as the Braves beat the Houston Astros 6-3, the Braves headed back home to face the 12-11 Toronto Blue Jays. In doing so, the Braves sent out their ace, Julio Teheran who boasts a 3-0 record and 1.29 ERA this Spring Training to face the Toronto Blue Jays, Aaron Sanchez who has a 2-1 record and a 3.97 ERA.
With the first pitch scheduled at 1:05, the Braves announced their batting order and it didn’t include Ronald Acuna but instead Preston Tucker who has been killing it this ST also.
As the first inning got underway, the Braves 2B, Ozzie Albies got the offense going with a triple to put himself in scoring position. Then fresh off a few days rest, 1B Freddie Freeman took it upon himself to give the Braves the lead as he hit a sacrifice-fly to right field to score Albies and give the Braves the 1-0 lead.
After a 6 pitch, first inning for Teheran, he was determined to show that he is primed for a comeback year. In doing so, he followed up that first inning with yet another one when he put down the next 3 batters with 5 pitches, giving him a total of 11 through 2 innings. The hot start didn’t end there…
Julio then refused to give up a single hit until the top of the 5th where he gave up a double to Teoscar Hernandez but the Blue Jays were unable to capitalize on it and Teheran shut them down. With both pitchers sitting down the batters, someone was going to falter at some point and it wasn’t going to be Teheran!
After innings 6 and 7, Julio’s day ended as he worked 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 5 strike-outs and no ER to help secure the Braves 1 run lead! In the top of the 7th, the Braves batters finally got to the Blue Jays as their first relief pitcher was lit up for 4 singles and 3 walks as the Braves lead went from 1 run to 6 in a hurry!
Courtesy of RBI singles by Tucker, Ruiz and Albies, the Braves were well on their way to their second straight victory and Julio’s 4-0 ST record!
In innings 8-9, the Blue Jays came up swinging and the Braves’ relief pitchers smelt blood. The Braves closed out the final two innings in style as they struck out 5 of the final 6 batters on their way to a 6-0 win and a 12-13 ST record.
Julio Teheran: 6.2 inning, 4 hit, 5 SO, no ER, 1 Win
Preston Tucker: 1-3, 2 RBI
Nick Markakis: 2-3
The Braves now look ahead to an off day followed by a showdown with the Detroit Tigers in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday at 6:05pm.
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