Julio Teheran didn't have his sharpest appearance ever as the Blue Jays beat the Braves 10-5 this afternoon. In 3.1 innings, the Braves' opening day starter gave up nine hits, seven runs (six earned), one walk and two strikeouts.
Things got especially hairy in the third, as Toronto batted around and scored four. Things might've been easier for Teheran if not for the cement-like infield that prevented Pedro Ciriaco from turning a routine double play.
Teheran made no excuses for what he deemed a less than stellar performance, telling the AJC, "It wasn’t my best location. I wasn’t throwing the first pitch for strikes and that’s the most important thing for a pitcher. I wasn’t commanding very well. I tried to battle and make pitches."
Julio Teheran says his location was off today. Was having trouble throwing first pitch strikes. #Braves— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) March 15, 2015
Julio Teheran's line won't look pretty. But there's not much he can do about Ciriaco playing SS on what is playing like a cement infield— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 15, 2015
After finding themselves in a 8-2 hole in the bottom of the seventh, Joey Terdoslavich, who came in to relieve Freddie Freeman, hit a three-run home run off Scott Copeland, scoring Ciriaco and Jose Peraza. It was his first homer of the spring as he tries to find a place on the Opening Day roster, impressing Fredi Gonzalez.
Fredi says Terdo is "right in the mix of things for a couple different spots. Off the bench or maybe another situation in the outfield"— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) March 15, 2015
Ryne Harper, Eric Stults and Jason Grilli also pitched for the Braves, with Stults throwing four innings of two-run, five-hit ball in his bid to crack into the starting rotation. Todd Cunningham had two hits in his four at-bats, including an RBI double in the sixth.
Next up for the Braves is Alex Wood taking on the Astros across town tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.