Just like that, our long West Coast-fueled nightmare is over. The Braves avoided another sweep on the road trip with a 4-2 win over the Padres during a sunny, afternoon affair at Petco Park. They can now head into tomorrow's amateur draft on a high note, having put their six-game skid in the rearview mirror.
Once again, the Braves jumped out to an early lead, completing the trifecta of leadoff inning runs in the series. However, unlike the past two games, the Braves avoided giving the game back. Four of the first five Atlanta hitters singled off of San Diego starter Drew Pomeranz, and combined with a Freddie Freeman sacrifice fly, the Braves gave a 2-0 lead to Teheran. Teheran largely took it from there, not giving up a hit until the fourth inning, which happened to be a homer by Wil Myers. He actually drove in a run before he allowed one, singling home Daniel Castro in the top of the fourth.
Teheran gave up another homer to Myers in the sixth, which won't help his FIP, but generally cruised through the rest of the San Diego lineup. Overall, he lasted eight frames, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out eight. Overall, it wasn't an outing that will lower his FIP, but it was a welcome break from his past two attempts, which were much more rough on both the peripherals and run prevention front (though they came against much better offenses...).
On the flip side, the Atlanta attack handed Pomeranz one of his worst starts of the year. Pomeranz has been far and away the best pitcher for the Friars this season, and one of the better pitchers all around baseball, but he didn't look too comfortable at times (going to a three-ball count on the opposing pitcher and then giving up a run-scoring hit to him will do that to you), and lasted only five innings. In many ways, he got BABIPed to death, as the Braves popped seven singles and two doubles off of him, ending his day with a .500 BABIP-against. Even more surprisingly, the Braves hitters did their damage against Pomeranz's left arm.
Both Ender Inciarte and Chase d'Arnaud set the table in this one with three hits each; Inciarte was a longball shy of the cycle. d'Arnaud continues to make a mockery of his history and peripherals, and is now rocking a .426 BABIP to go with a 136 wRC+. He leads his position player teammates in fWAR, despite having fewer than 100 PAs on the year. His double drove in the fourth Atlanta run to cap the scoring.
Arodys Vizcaino refused to suffer a second meltdown on the Pacific Coast, allowing just a walk while grabbing a save. Old friends Melvin Upton Jr. and Christian Bethancourt each managed a hit, but struck out three times between them.