Interesting game. Julio Teheran, overall, made some adjustments to his control and saw a strong outing: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s. An error by Jace Peterson, filling in at short, led to an inning continuing and a 3 run homer (all runs were considered unearned). But considering the Jekyll and Hyde routine that JT had been under between his home and road starts, a strong start at home is encouraging.
The good thing about this season is that any modest deficit is not insurmountable. Down 3-0, the Braves scored 4 runs in the 6th on 5 hits to take the lead. For the day, Ender Inciarte, Brandon Phillips, Matt Kemp, and Rio Ruiz all had 2 hits, and they had a total of 12 hits and no home runs. This team can score runs without hitting the long ball, and that’s also encouraging.
But after throwing the equivalent of two straight no-hitters (54 batters retired without giving up a hit), the bullpen unit ran out of luck. Jason Motte, Ian Krol, and Luke Jackson bridged the gap to the ninth, but Jose Ramirez, filling in for Jim Johnson and/or Arodys Vizcaino, gave up 2 runs to blow the save. Josh Collmenter, in the worst relief outing since the infamous John Smoltz debacle at Shea Stadium, gave up 7 runs in 1 inning, including back-to-back-to-back home runs.
For his troubles, Josh Collmenter was DFA’ed and Matt Wisler was re-called. Collmenter had 3 starts last year and looked mostly good, and he also had a good April where he averaged almost 2 innings per outing. But in May, he was pretty much a one-inning guy, and he absolutely imploded. Unfortunate.