Julio Teheran struggled to follow up his near no-hit bid earlier this week by allowing five earned runs to the San Diego Padres. That proved to be a small speed bump in the 22-year-old’s continuing emergence as a MLB starter.
Teheran went six shutout innings with eight strikeouts in the Atlanta Braves 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night to take two of three games against the defending World Series champions. He improved his record to 5-3 while lowering his earned run average to 3.36.
The Giants managed six hits off Teheran, but overall he kept them off balance for most of the night. Striking out eight Giants is not an easy task considering they have struck out the least amount of times in the major leagues.
The young right-hander showcased an impressive pitching sequence in the top of the sixth inning as his pitch count was elevating. The Giants had runners on first and second with zero outs following singles by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. Teheran buckled down to strike out Brandon Belt looking with a fastball over the outside corner, and Andres Torres swinging on a slider down and in. He still faced a bases loaded jam with two outs after a Joaquin Arias infield single, but calmly got Nick Noonan to harmlessly fly out to left field.
It was the seventh quality start in his last eight starts for Teheran, who continues to impress and distance himself from any thoughts of leaving the rotation when Brandon Beachy returns from injury.
Teheran seemingly grows more and more confident with each start. His four-seam fastball shows good life, while his two-seam fastball features nice movement. He is gaining trust in his slider and curveball, and his changeup can still be a plus pitch with continued development.
The impressive arsenal of pitches with growing confidence is proving to be a lethal combination. With each start, Teheran is cementing his place in the Braves’ rotation for the foreseeable future.