I will take the blame for this one, I asked the rain to go away thinking that would benefit the Braves. Obviously I was wrong. Julio Teheran came out of the gates like Atlanta’s bats, hot. A three up three down inning that ended with striking out Jose Bautista is not a bad way to make a season debut, but as he is prone to do, Teheran had a blow up inning. After being able to get only one out in the fifth, allowing a run, and loading the bases, his day was done, and so was the Braves’.
Atlanta jumped out to a 4-0 lead and was then outscored 12-0. Blue Jay runs came pouring in just as the rain finally is at Turner Field. If only the had come out about two hours earlier. Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie hit back-to-back home runs. Lawrie had been 0-for-17 until his RBI single in his previous at bat. Yan Gomes’ 0-for-16 streak ended with an RBI single in the fifth. Toronto definitely made up for the hospitality they missed out on the two previous games.
Livan Hernandez did not receive the same warm southern hospitality. Atlanta fans were only 20,222 strong in the dreary weather, but their voices were heard with each hit Livan gave up. In 1.2 innings of work, he allowed five earned runs and three runs to inherited runners. His ERA leaped from 2.73 to 4.94.
On a positive note, Michael Bourn extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Martin Prado went 2-for-3 giving him 25 multi-hit games. To top it off Chipper was back in the line up. (I felt generous so I gave you three positive notes. You are welcome, come down off the ledge.)
After the game, Teheran was sent back to Gwinnett, and the corresponding move brings Corey Gearrin down I-85. Hernandez’s performance made it necessary to bring another reliever.
Barring a rain out the Braves host the Yankees tomorrow, who have already done Atlanta a favor and swept the Mets. Let’s hope that the Braves can start a new streak then. After all, tomorrow is another day.