Despite a tremendous outing by Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.44 ERA), the Atlanta Braves were unable to avoid being swept by the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon. Teheran gave up one earned run, one walk, and seven strikeouts in the six innings he pitched.
Teheran got off to a rough start, throwing 36 pitches and loading up the bases in the first inning. Teheran was able to get out of the inning unscathed with a flyout from Jedd Gyorko and a groundout by Melvin Upton Jr.
The Braves started off the third inning with a single by Michael Bourn. With Cameron Maybin batting, Bourn was picked off at first base. Padres pitcher Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.40 ERA) walked Maybin and Freddie Freeman right after the pickoff, however, bringing Nick Markakis to the plate with one out. Markakis got the Braves on the board first with a RBI single that scored Maybin.
Teheran pitched five great innings before hitting a rocky path. At the beginning of the sixth inning, Yangervis Solarte hit a home run off of Teheran that tied the game. That would be the only blemish by Teheran as he finished out the inning with two strikeouts and a popout.
Matt Marksberry (0-2, 5.79 ERA) came in to pitch for the Braves in the seventh inning. He gave up two runs, both on RBI doubles by Austin Hedges and Solarte, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead over the Braves.
The Braves tried to rally back in the eighth inning. Maybin hit a leadoff single and was scored on a Markakis double, cutting the deficit to one. The Braves' efforts would fall short, as no one was able to score Markakis from second base.
Craig Kimbrel recorded the save for the Padres, getting his 35th of the season.
Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his first start back with the Braves after being on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.
Adonis Garcia showed off some more of his amazing defense. He's proving to be a great option for the Braves at third base.
Julio Teheran had a great road outing despite not getting the win. This season Teheran has had a lot of trouble while pitching away from Turner Field, going 2-5. Even though he got the no decision today, he's showing a lot of improvement.
Game 1 Matchup Versus Chicago Cubs
Mike Foltynewicz (4-4, 5.61 ERA) will get the start for the Braves. Foltynewicz will have to face a Cubs team that has been able to score a lot of runs this season.
Jake Arrieta(14-6, 2.39 ERA) takes the mound for the Cubs. Arrieta has a 1.35 ERA dating back to July 21. The Braves haven't had a lot of offensive success recently but hope to get going again with the recent return of first baseman Freddie Freeman.