Teheran Comes Within Inge of No-Hitter

Julion Teheran Braves Pitcher

Teheran took a no-hitter into the 8th inning

Julio Teheran continued his hot start to the 2013 season on Wednesday afternoon.  Teheran had a no-hitter going until Brandon Inge spoiled it with 2 outs in the 8th Inning.

Teheran’s final line for the game ended with (8IP, 1H, 2BB, and 11Ks).  His start coupled with the Braves timely hitting gave the Braves (37-22) a 5-0 win, and series sweep of the Pirates (35-25).

The Pirates staff was not so lucky on Wednesday afternoon.  Wandy Rodriguez, who has been a thorn in the Braves side, left the game with tightness in his forearm after getting only one out.  This meant that the Pirates would once again have to rely on their bullpen.  Morris really impressed out of the Pirates bullpen as he threw 3.2 innings of no hit ball in relief of Rodriguez.

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It did not take long for the Braves to get on the board.  Chris Johnson grounded into a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 1st inning that scored Andrelton Simmons.

The Pirates bullpen kept it a 1-0 game until the 6th inning, when Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird hit back-to-back homers to give the Braves a 3-0 lead over the Pirates.

The Braves added two more in the 7th inning, as Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla, both hit into a fielder’s choice that scored one run each.  The Braves led 5-0 and it would stay that way the rest of the game.

I believe every Braves fan was on the edge of their seat as Teheran went into the 8th Inning with a chance for a no-hitter. Brandon Inge, who was pinch-hitting, singled to left to break up the no-hit bid for Teheran.

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Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward both continued their strong weeks at the plate.  Simmons ended the day 2-5 with a run scored.  In addition to his walk-off hit in last night’s game, Simmons is 7-19 (.368 AVG), 5 runs, and 1 RBI so far this week.  Heyward has been even hotter this week, as he is 6-14 (.429 AVG) 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored.

The Braves look to take the hot bats with them to the West Coast, as they head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers ,starting tomorrow night.  Tomorrow night Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Braves while the Dodgers will send Zach Greinke out to try to cool off the Braves bats.

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An American in Panama
An American in Panama

1 hit not two

C.J. Smith
C.J. Smith

You are right. That is my mistake

John Harmon
John Harmon

The editor missed it, too. 🙂 Correction made. Great article, C.J.!