That’s more like it.
This was basically 2015 Julio Teheran versus 2014 Julio Teheran. Johnny Cueto couldn’t get his pitches down and gave up too many gopherballs, and Teheran pounded the bottom of the zone with 93- and 94-mile an hour fastballs, yielding nothing but three singles and two walks in six innings.
It was a balanced attack: all of the regulars but Nick Markakis and Teheran got at least one hit, five different batters got an extra-base hit, and Christian Bethancourt had his first multihit game of the year. Jonny Gomes hit a laserbeam to left and Kelly Johnson crushed another one, his third bomb in his last seven games.
It’s honestly hard to find something to complain about. Julio wasn’t quite perfect — he needed 102 pitches to get through six innings, so Fredi had to go to the bullpen at the top of the 7th, as per usual. For some reason, Cody Martin pitched two innings, but he was his usual brilliant self, striking out three and needing just 23 pitches to get six outs.
Michael Kohn got the first two outs in the ninth, and then somehow walked Brandon Phillips — it was only the fourth walk of the year for Phillips, whose career walk rate is lower than that of Andrelton Simmons. I guess Fredi doesn’t have a lot of confidence in Kohn, because he yanked him with two outs in the 9th, a man on first, and a 5-run lead, and brought in Luis Avilan to face the lefthanded Brennan Boesch. Boesch has a career OPS+ of 94 and spent most of 2014 in the minor leagues; he has a grand total of 151 plate appearances since the beginning of 2013. Avilan overmatched him, striking him out in just three pitches. And that was that.