Braves Fall to Tigers 18-3Posted: March 4, 2012
OK…let’s take a deep breath; it’s only Spring Training.
Still, that one stung a little.
In the worst beat down of the young 2012 season, the Tigers demolished the Braves by a final count of 18-3 on Sunday. The worst part may be that most of the damage came at the expense of Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.
Delgado, who started the game, had his afternoon cut short after giving up four earned on two hits and what was the first of nine (mercy) Tiger home runs on the afternoon.
Then things got really messy.
In what turned into an extended round of batting practice, Teheran got touched up for six home runs in just two innings of work. Raburn, Boesch, Fielder, Young, Perhalta, and Jackson took turns circling the bases, and when the dust settled the Braves found themselves down 11-0…in the third inning.
The Tigers weren’t done, as Raburn went yard again, besting Jason Rice for a grand slam in the fifth inning.
“That’s an experience,” said Teheran about his performance.
Now, losing a Spring Training game is no big deal. Losing by 15 certainly sucks, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. What I’m a bit concerned about is the way Teheran has performed in his few major league appearances.
Despite being absolutely dominant in AAA last year (15-3, 2.55 ERA, 122 K’s in 25 games), he’s looked shaky in his major league outings. In 2011, Teheran went 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA and 8 walks to just 10 strikeouts in 19.2 innings of major league work. More importantly, he looked shaky on the mound, lacking the elite command that we’ve heard so much about. A quick look at ESPN’s game log indicates that he had only one really good major league outing (9/8 at New York).
His numbers aren’t bad, if not completely excusable for a 21 year old. But Teheran seemed to lack confidence in those outings, and I have to wonder if leaving him in the game for two innings of home run derby is the best way to manage the situation.
“[Roger McDowell] told me, ‘I need you to finish this inning. I said ‘OK, I will. I’m trying to.’”
We’ll see how he looks in his next outing with this game hanging over him. I doubt it will be easy; it certainly won’t be fun.
On the bright side, it seems Hanson is nearing 100%, and Freeman will be back in the lineup Tuesday.
The Braves hope to bounce back against the Astros tomorrow at 1:05.