The Braves bunched 5 hits in the 3rd inning, scoring 4 runs, and Julio Teheran went 6 1/3 scoreless as the Braves salvage a game from the 3 game set.

Johan Camargo started the 3rd with a single, then scored on Dansby Swanson‘s double, the first of his 2 hits on the day.  Teheran sacrificed Swanson to 3rd, where he scored on Ozzie Albies‘ dribbler down the 3rd base line; Albies ending up on 3rd after a 2 base throwing error by Jake Lamb.  Albies scored on a Freddie Freeman double, and Freeman on a Nick Markakis single.

The Braves scoring concluded in the 7th, provided by a pinch hit home run by Preston Tucker, a useful skill for a bench player.  The Diamondbacks got their run in the 8th with a Jon Jay home run off of Dan Winkler.

Teheran allowed 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6, and posted his 11th quality start in 19 tries, tying Sean Newcomb for the team lead.  I was surprised to find that All-Star Mike Foltynewicz has only 5 quality starts out of 18, in fact, he has pitched as many as 6 innings only 7 times.

The twelve (12!) pitchers that have filled the role of 8th man in the bullpen, by  innings pitched, have combined for a 7.84 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in relief this season, in 77 innings (the most used reliever, Shane Carle, has thrown 49 innings.)  I would be interested to see the knock-on effect if the starters could average an extra inning post All-Star break.

The Braves enter the All-Star break at 52 – 42, and 1/2 game behind the first place Phillies, which we all would have signed up for in March.

Freddie, Nick, Ozzie, and Foltzie will be in Washington Tuesday; the rest of the team will be there Friday.