Last night in Washington it was difficult to tell which feat was more impressive. Julio Teheran blanked the Washington lineup for 7 innings allowing only 4 base hits. If his pitching performance did not impress baseball fans, then doubling his hit performance for the year might just do that. Julio Teheran drove in 3 RBIs and had 2 key hits as the Braves offense exploded for 13 runs.
Revenge can be a bad weapon in baseball and teams can use this emotion for their benefit as well. If you were to ask the Braves manger Brian Snitker if last night’s onslaught was personal, he might just flash his smile and comment that’s just baseball. On Thursday night the Braves took a 4-1 lead into the 9th inning but the Braves bullpen could not close the deal. The Braves scored early and often for Julio Teheran and the Braves chased Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg out of the game after only 3 innings. Strasburg for the 1st time this season did not strike out a batter in his start.
The Braves defense put on a great performance as well. Brandon Phillips at 2nd base was almost an acrobat with his diving catches. Nick Markakis was only a triple short of hitting for the cycle and his catch in right field should of made ESPN’s list of top defensive plays. Matt Adams played 1st base with great percussion and late in the game smashed a 3 run homerun that padded the Braves victory. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson enjoyed a night off but the Braves versatile Johan Camargo filled in nicely with a couple of hits and impressive plays at his position.
The Braves will go for the series win this afternoon at Nationals Park when they send pitcher Sean Newcomb to the mound. Newcomb has been impressive in his major league debut and although the Houston Astros got the best of him in his last start, Newcomb is a professional and will surely put that game behind him. The Braves have play makers all over their impressive bench and when 1 player is struggling, their teammates lift them up. The dual threat catchers are working out great with Kurt Suzuki and Tyler Flowers. This is the last game before the All Star break, and the Braves are on a roll winning 6 out of their last 9 games. GO BRAVES!!!!!