Another day, another snooze-worthy performance from the Atlanta Braves offense.
Julio Teheran put together what was easily his best start of the 2016 season, and the Braves had some opportunities to make a dent on the scoreboard. However, it was not to be, as Atlanta fell victim to the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 1-0 to extend the losing streak to six straight games.
The biggest sequence of the game took place in the seventh inning, and that was the difference. In the top half of the frame, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. took advantage of a hanging change-up from Teheran, depositing the ball in the right field seats for the game's first (and only) run. From there, the Braves actually dug a bit of a hole in terms of allowing a potential insurance run for Boston as Teheran loaded the bases, but Teheran navigated a lengthy at-bat against Xander Bogaerts to avoid further damage and given his team a fighting chance.
In the bottom half, though, Atlanta failed to capitalize on that chance. Jeff Francoeur got things going with a roped double to right-center field, but after a walk to Freddie Freeman (on four pitches), Drew Stubbs hit into a fielder's choice and Erick Aybar struck out looking to end the best threat of the night for the home team.
From there, it was purely academic. Jim Johnson and Arodys Vizcaino combined to work two scoreless innings to preserve the one-run margin, but the offense never seriously, as Nick Markakis was the only batter to reach base (via walk) in the final two frames.
The biggest positive of the night came in the form of Teheran's performance, and that must be stated. The right-hander has not performed at a high level this season, but in this start, Teheran looked like his best self. He scattered six hits in seven innings while striking out eight batters, and even with three walks (not ideal), Teheran managed to eat innings in an effective manner. It was frankly a shame that it wasn't "enough" for a win, but given this team's offense, it also wasn't particularly surprising.
Offensively, there wasn't a lot to be pleased with, but a nice night from Freddie Freeman tops that brief list. Freeman was moved to the sixth spot in the order for the first time in four seasons (I don't know, either), but he "responded" by reaching base three times in four plate appearances and that is always a good thing when looking to get it going at the plate.
Julio Teheran deserved better, but on this night, the offense let him down and Atlanta's bats just refused to awaken yet again.