With a great pitching match-up in Julio Teheran and Johnny Cueto, you know this would be a low-scoring affair. The Braves were looking for the sweep behind their ace, whom had posted a 1.80 ERA heading into his start against the Reds. Against the Marlins on April 21, Teheran pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out eight. Cueto was coming off of his second straight complete game, when he allowed one run on three hits in nine incredible frames. Both pitchers, on hot streaks, delivered for their respective teams yesterday. But one team had to prevail.
The Reds came close to scoring in the fifth. After four frames where no runner made it to second base with less than two outs, Ryan Ludwick hit Teheran's second pitch of the inning to left field for a lead-off double. He advanced to third after catcher Brayan Pena flied out to right. Ludwick accounted for two of the five Reds hits. He could not come around to score. Both Zack Cozart and Johnny Cueto struck out swinging. The Braves also threatened in the fifth, putting runners on second and third with two outs. However, Jayson Heyward (you guessed it!) struck out swinging. Both pitchers tossed eight shutout innings, allowing three hits each. Cueto struck out 11 and Teheran struck out five.
They left it up to their bullpens. In the ninth, only Dan Uggla recorded a hit for either team, but after Andrelton Simmons flied out, he was stranded. It was not long in the tenth before the Braves succeeded to score. In the top half of the inning, the Reds put runners on first and second behind singles from Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cozart. The Braves brought in Ian Thomas to close out the inning. He got Roger Bernadina (the pinch-hitter) to pop out to Freddie Freeman. The Braves got two quick outs in the bottom of the tenth, but Jayson Heyward and B.J. Upton singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Freddie Freeman became the first person to deliver, singling off of Manny Parra, and walking the Atlanta Braves off for the sweep.
Braves 1, Reds 0 (F/10)