Teheran finally shines for Braves at SunTrust
Julio Teheran found his go-to slider for the first time since the Braves moved into their new home last season.
Teheran outpitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of success at SunTrust Park and Atlanta snapped the Philadelphia Phillies’ six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.
Teheran (1-1) allowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. He began the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers allowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ second-year stadium, but Teheran kept the Phillies guessing.
“I used a lot of my slider and my fastball,” Teheran said. “I was thinking first strike and I was doing really good. Whenever I throw a firstpitch strike, it’s different then. That’s something I’ve really been working on.”
Teheran has been trying for two years to make his slider the swingand-missing offering that used to bolster his repertoire. He recalled that hitters used to swing through it, even when they know it was coming.
“It’s easy whenever you have a pitch like that that you can throw in there and you have the confidence to throw it 3-2,” Teheran said.
After setup man A.J. Minter escaped a shaky eighth, Atlanta became the last team in the majors to record a save as closer Arodys Vizcaino retired two of the first three batters he faced and ended it on Carlos Santana’s groundout.