Coming into Monday’s spring training game against the Blue Jays, Julio Teheran sported a 3-0 record with an impressive 1.29 ERA. The Braves would also option top prospect, Ronald Acuna Jr, to AAA Gwinnett before the game. This gave Preston Tucker, who sports an electric .389 average this spring, the start in left field.
Teheran started off strong by tossing only six pitches in the first inning. Tossing only 11 pitches total by the end of the second, Julio seemed to be making strides to prove that last year was a fluke. The usual suspects appeared for the Braves offense as Ozzie Albies hit a triple, allowing for Freddie Freeman to drive him in with a sacrifice fly. Both Albies and Freeman seem to be in mid-season form, as they sport .298 and .343 averages respectively.
Julio Teheran didn’t surrender a hit until Teoscar Hernandez knocked a double in the fifth inning. The Blue Jays would only manage to notch 3 more hits off of Teheran before his outing ended after striking out five batters over 6.2 innings. Thanks to Albies and Freeman, Julio would exit arguably his best start of the spring with a one run lead.
The top of the seventh would see the Braves offense come alive. Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz, and Preston Tucker would each have RBI singles to put Atlanta up 6-0 and secure Teheran his 4th win of the spring. Nick Markakis also notched a couple of hits in Monday’s contest with the Blue Jays. The Braves improve to a 12-13 spring record and will take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow in Orlando at 6:05 pm EST. The game will also be broadcast on Fox Sports South and WIFN 1340 AM/ 103.7 FM.