The Atlanta Braves only provided starting pitcher Julio Teheran with one run of support on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. On this night it was all he would need.
The 23-year-old starter, who had a lot of pressure thrust on his shoulders this season by the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, looked to be in fine form as he threw a complete game shutout and the Braves held on for a 1-0 victory.
Teheran’s final line of the night reads as follows: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K, 115 pitches.
A series of events in the bottom of the 9th inning of this game was especially refreshing to see. Well over the magic 100 pitch mark and with the tying run on base, Teheran was given the opportunity to stay on the mound to face Chase Utley and try to record the final out of the game. Even with the best closer in the game, Craig Kimbrel, heating things up in the bullpen, Teheran was able to put the game away and finish the shutout.
The Braves need Teheran to accelerate his progress and show signs of being a top of the rotation guy sooner than expected over the course of the 2014 season. If these early returns are any indication, the young right-hander will be up to the task.