Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran faced off with Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be a tight pitching duel. Teheran had a shaky first three innings, allowing two base runners with no outs in all three but he recovered nicely. Over six innings, he gave up a mere five hits, though he did walk three batters, including one hit by pitch. Regardless, Teheran was able to get the outs he needed when he had to, striking out five and not allowing one run to score.
Gonzalez wasn’t so lucky. In the first inning he allowed a walk to BJ Upton, a bunt hit and two singles to take the lead before the first out had been recorded. Even after a double play, Chris Johnson was able to hit in Phillip Gosselin which gave the Braves all the runs they’d need. Gonzalez settled down after that, allowing no more runs over seven innings.
Even though Gonzalez went an inning longer, he didn’t get the run support he needed to beat his opponent, which gave Teheran his tenth win of 2013 and made him a very unique person. He became the first ever Colombian native to get ten wins during one season in Major League Baseball.
There have been only 13 Colombian players to ever make it to the majors, most of which didn’t debut until the late 1990s. Of those 13, only four have been pitchers and three are active. Ernesto Frieri and Jose Quintana are the other two active pitchers — Emiliano Fruto pitched 36 innings for the Seattle Mariners in 2006 but is now in the minors. Of all these pitchers, the only one with more wins than Teheran is Quintana with 13 career wins over the course of two seasons. Teheran has ten career wins, all in 2013.
So there you go; if he wasn’t famous before he surely is now! Well, maybe in Colombia. As for the rest of us Teheran will hopefully continue to quietly dominate lineups and improve on his 2.96 ERA.