Teh-riffic: Julio Teheran was once again just what the Braves needed. After unloading the bullpen in Monday’s 14 inning affair, Atlanta needed the rookie hurler to take the ball deep into the game, and he did… and he was very effective: 7.1IP, 7H, 4R, 1ER, 2BB, 3SO, 1HR. In his last five starts Teheran has a 1.76 ERA, despite giving up 32 hits in 30.2 innings. The magic is that he’s not walking anyone — only 6 walks in those last 5 starts. In fact, he’s been particularly walk averse all season — his 1.8 BB/9 is the lowest on the team, and ranks as the 6th-best walk rate among starting pitchers in the National League. Remember, the description of him as a prospect was that he could pitch to contact effectively, and reach back for a strikeout when he needed to. We saw that in all its glory last night in Miami.
Huggie Freddie: Freeman’s teammates have printed up shirts (tight shirts) to support his quest at the All-Star final vote. Remember to VOTE.
Lisp under the knife: Reliever Cristhian Martinez, who hasn’t pitched since going on the disabled list the first week of April, underwent shoulder surgery yesterday. His recovery is expected to last seven to eight months. He’s the third Atlanta reliever this season to undergo season-ending surgery (O’Flaherty and Venters).
JUpton hits rare home run… what?: That’s right, rare. Upton hit home run number 16 last night. It had been 21 games since he had hit homer number 15. Between homers 15 and 14 he had also gone 21 homerless games. Let’s hope that 21 games between home runs does not become the norm for Justin. We all know he’s capable of more. After all, in his first 23 games in a Braves uniform he hit 12 home runs.
Jurrjens up to old tricks: Gwinnett lost. Our old pal Jair Jurrjens started against the G-Braves, and wiggled out of more jams than you spread on toast (I don’t know where I was going with that analogy): 6.1IP, 9H, 1R, 0BB, 2SO. Amazing, considering he gave up 3 doubles and had baserunners in all but one inning. Meanwhile, the rehabbing Brandon Beachy got off to a rocky start in the first inning, but settled down after that: 3IP, 3H, 2R, 1BB, 1SO. He’ll need another start or two, but Beachy could return to the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.
Minor movement: The Braves promoted some lefty relief pitchers, moving Ronan Pacheco from Lynchburg to Mississippi, and Carlos Perez from Rome to Lynchburg. They have both had terrific seasons pitching out of the bullpen, after working as starters for the early parts of their careers. Each has electric stuff, and could go far if they can control it. In another, more troubling move, RHRP Juan Jaime was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis — not a good sign for the hard throwing reliever. In his last 3 games, covering 4IP, Jaime had given up 8R on 6H and 4BB. He was struggling, now we know why. He’s already missed two years (10-11) with Tommy John surgery.
Miller time: Lynchburg won. Starting pitcher Jarrett Miller twirled an amazing game, his best professional start, against one of the better hitting teams in the Carolina League: 7IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 4SO, 3HBP. He didn’t allow a hit after the first inning, though he kept the hitters off balance enough by hitting three of them. LHRP Carlos Perez made his Carolina League debut, tossing a scoreless, hitless inning with a strikeout.
Rome lost, not much happening in that game. Danville won, and collected 16 hits. The GCL-Braves also won, and a pitcher named Jonathan Holmes threw a scoreless inning, his fourth such appearance for the GCL-Braves. I would normally gloss over this kind of thing, but I wondered who that was because I had never heard of him. He was a 2009 Braves draft pick out of high school who did not sign. The Braves signed him as a free agent a month ago, but I can’t find out anything else about him. He looks like a bulldog though. I like curious stories like this.