Another day, another 7-1 loss. The Braves extended their losing streak, owing to a poor start from Julio Teheran, two homers from Giancarlo Stanton, additional suspect defense, and yet another nonexistent offensive showing.
After a couple of scoreless innings, the Marlins blew the game open against Teheran in the third. Dee Gordon led off the inning with a triple that could have been an inside-the-parker had Ender Inciarte not returned the ball to the infield with requisite alacrity, and then promptly scored on a wild pitch for the game’s first run. Teheran then issued back-to-back walks to Stanton and Christian Yelich before a very soft tapper from Marcell Ozuna turned into a measly infield single that loaded the bases with none out. On the seventh pitch of the next at-bat, Justin Bour hit a slider off the plate that would have been ball four into left-center on a line, scoring two more runs. After another weak infield single that didn’t make it much further than the batter’s box from J. T. Realmuto, Derek Dietrich lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make it a 4-0 contest. Mercifully, Teheran elicited a double play ball from Mike Aviles to end the inning.
The Braves threatened in the top of the fourth with back-to-back one-out walks, but to no avail, as Adonis Garcia and Dansby Swanson hit consecutive flyouts to end the inning. The Marlins then tacked on another run against Julio Teheran, courtesy of this absolute monster of a batted ball by Stanton.
109.2 miles per hour off the bat. Yowza. Teheran recovered to pitch two scoreless frames after that, but the damage was done. Luke Jackson came on for the seventh and lasted just three batters, allowing singles to two of them, before being pulled for Rex Brothers. Brothers struck out Bour, and then allowed another death-by-a-thousand-cuts infield single to Realmuto before striking out Dietrich on four pitches with the bases loaded. That was Good Brothers, and the next inning featured Bad Brothers, or perhaps Mauled Brothers, once again courtesy of Giancarlo Stanton:
I feel like this needs the “aliens” meme or something, because I’m pretty sure Stanton’s got alien DNA to make such a thing possible. Good lord. 118.7 miles per hour off the bat, estimated distance of 467 feet. That’s the second-hardest ball hit in baseball this year. (First belongs to Aaron Judge, at 121.1 miles per hour.)
Anyway, that homer came with a runner on base and made it 7-1. In case you’re wondering how we got to 7-1, well, Lane Adams hit a homer of his own in the top of the seventh off Drew Steckenrider for the lone Braves’ run. The Atlanta offense was downright putrid, on the whole. They managed just three hits and five walks, with no extra-base hits aside from Adams’ homer. Tyler Flowers was the only batter to reach base twice, courtesy of two free passes. Miami starter Dillon Peters racked up a ton of pitches and didn’t make it out of the sixth, but allowed just two hits and four walks while striking out four.
Julio Teheran ends his season with a 4.49 / 4.95 / 4.96 pitching triple slash, and the poor showing tonight will likely render this his worst season by fWAR to date. The Braves can only hope that he bounces back next year.
The Braves continue their series on Friday night, as Luiz Gohara faces off against Dan Straily.