The Atlanta Braves bats came alive in the ninth inning on Monday night, but it was a little too late, as they fell to the San Diego Padres, 7-6. Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward led an Atlanta comeback that came up short, as Justin Upton struck out to end the game.
Julio Teheran struggled after his one-hit performance against the Pirates on Wednesday. Teheran could not seem to find any rhythm with Brian McCann behind the plate. Gerald Laird has been Teheran’s personal catcher in past games.
Teheran finished with 6IP, 5ER, and 3K’s. Cory Gearrin gave up 2 runs in the Padres seventh, before shutting them down in the eighth.
The Padres got their initial run in their first at bat when Chase Headley‘s groundout scored Alexi Amarista. In the second inning, Logan Forsythe, who was making his season debut (60 day DL with foot injury) homered in his first AB of the season to make it 2-0.
The Padres added three more in the fourth by way of a Wil Venable 3-run homer.
It was not till the fifth inning when the Braves got on the board. Julio Teheran picked up his first career RBI when his groundout scored Chris Johnson.
The Padres added two runs in the seventh inning before the Braves comeback got started.
The score was 7-1 when Jason Heyward hit a solo shot to make it 7-2 in the eighth.
The comeback continued in the ninth when pinch hitter Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis hit a 3-run shot to cut the Padres lead to 7-5. Jason Heyward then hit his second home run in as many innings, to decrease the San Diego lead to 7-6 with two outs in the ninth. However, the Braves comeback fell short when Justin Upton struck out swinging.
The Braves outfield was solid at the plate on Monday night. The Upton brothers, and Heyward, combined to go 6-14 during the game. Heyward (eight games), and Dan Uggla (5 games) both continued their modest hit streaks.
Former Brave, Jason Marquis, got the win. He pitched 7.2 strong innings, and only gave up 2 earned runs.
Hopefully, the hot hitting at the end of Monday night’s game will carry into Tuesday. Braves and Padres are back at it again Tuesday night at 10:10 ET.