Petco Park has been a house of horrors for the Braves, and those struggles continued on Monday night as Julio Teheran exited early and lost by a score of 11-4.
Teheran had zero life on his fastball throughout the evening. The stadium’s radar gun never registered a pitch above 89 mph and he regularly sat 85-87. He surrendered a no-doubt homer to Eric Hosmer in the first inning. Corey Spangenberg would homer in the second.
Sunday’s hero Charlie Culberson managed to tie the game at 2-2 with a two-run double in the 4th, but Teheran gave up a monstrous blast to 30-year-old rookie catcher Raffy Lopez just a few moments later to give the Padres the lead once again.
The wheels fell off in the 5th. Teheran walked the first batter of the inning on four pitches before being pulled for Luiz Gohara. Teheran appeared to have some kind of finger issue as he continued to look at his hand throughout the evening. The Braves would later announce it was a thumb contusion.
Gohara would then allow seven (7!) runs to score in the 5th as San Diego took a 10-2 lead aided by back-to-back-to-back doubles. Gohara hadn’t thrown a competitive pitch in nearly two weeks while tending to his ailing mother in Brazil and it showed tonight as he had zero command on the mound. He recorded just two outs before being lifted.
The two sides would trade runs before we mercifully reached an 11-4 end. You did not miss much if you went to bed early.
Sean Newcomb will look to get the Braves back on track on Tuesday. First pitch will be at 10:10 p.m. ET.