Teheran went seven innings, allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out four. That gives him a total of 14 strikeouts over his past three starts. Teheran is now 6-4 this year with a 4.60 ERA.
It appeared that former
Appearances can be deceiving.
Teheran reverted to the form Saturday in Pittsburgh that has made this season a personal disappointment. He yielded six runs on nine hits in six innings to raise his ERA to 4.94. Several strong outings still have his record at 5-4.
The right-hander nearly didn't make it out of the first inning. He gave up five hits, including a Starling Marte single, Pedro Alvarez double and Francisco Cervelli single successively that plated four runs. By the time the dust had cleared, he had faced 10 batters in the inning and surrendered five runs.
Teheran settled down thereafter, allowing just one more run, but the brutal start put the Braves behind to stay. And it had Fredi Gonzalez quite unhappy.
"There's something there that we've got to fix," he told MLB.com. "We've got to take care of it collectively. Julio has a big voice in this. When we get home and he throws his side [session] on Tuesday, we've got to sit down and figure out what needs to be addressed."
This was a big bounceback effort for Teheran, who had given up 13 earned runs over his previous three starts. He lowered his ERA to 4.67 with Saturday's performance, and his record improved to 5-3.
"I think I was more focused," Teheran said, per MLB.com. "I was trying to pound the zone and trying to attack the hitters. Every time I attack the hitters it's a different game."
"He really brought all four of his pitches to the yard today," said catcher Ryan Lavarnway. "He was terrific. He was locating his fastball and his slider was good on both sides of the plate. He was really pitch-efficient. He could have easily finished that game had we not needed a pinch-hitter."
Teheran will try to keep the good time rolling when he takes on the Pirates on Saturday in Pittsburgh.
After watching ace
"We need to do something against the left-handed hitters," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "They're just wearing him out. I don't know if he's just leaving balls all over the plate, the execution. Roger and I have been here talking about that for a while. We got carried away. We need to do something to equalize [the splits] a little bit."
Left-handers on Tuesday went 6 for 15 with a walk against Teheran. This season, lefty hitters are batting .326 with a .546 slugging percentage and .945 OPS against Teheran.
"They still got to him last year a little bit, but it wasn't at the pace they're doing right now," Gonzalez said. "Whether it's pitch selection or command. Looking at the video through the course on the Jumbotron, it's balls right down the middle. It's balls down the middle of the plate that we need to locate."
Teheran has also had his issues on the road in 2015. He is 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA in eight road starts, as opposed to 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in six home starts.
"We just got to figure out getting back the old Julio Teheran," Gonzalez said.
Teheran gave up six runs on 13 hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out three and surrendered a home run.
"Seems like always one or two bad innings are Teheran’s downfall," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think he settled down after giving up a couple of runs in the first inning."
Teheran's next start will be Sunday, against the Mets.
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