LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Julio Teheran completed five innings and struck out five on a Major League rehab assignment, but took the loss as the Gwinnett Braves (54-67) fell to the Louisville Bats (60-63) 9-4 on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.
Teheran, pitching for the first time since being placed on the Atlanta Braves’ disabled list on July 31, set down the Bats in order over the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.
With one out, former G-Brave Jose Peraza hit a sharp ground ball that shortstop Daniel Castrocouldn’t corral for an error, and Hernan Iribarren followed with Louisville’s first hit. Seth Mejias-Brean then smacked a two-run double to right field, putting the Bats up 2-1.
Teheran (L, 0-1) allowed a leadoff single in the fifth, but induced a double-play grounder and notched his fifth strikeout to cap his afternoon at 73 pitches. The right-hander yielded three hits and two runs (one earned) without walking a batter and throwing 51 of his pitches for strikes.
Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Castro tallied an RBI groundout to score Kyle Kubitza from third.
But the G-Braves’ bullpen yielded seven runs over the final five innings as Louisville earned the series victory.
Daniel Wright (W, 5-5) finished the afternoon on the mound for the Bats with 6.0 innings of relief, holding the G-Braves to just one run on five hits. Wright also collected two hits in three at-bats, including a two-run single in the seventh. Alfredo Simon worked the game’s first 3.0 innings for Louisville, allowing a run on three hits while striking out two.
Mejias-Brean paced the Bats’ 15-hit attack with three hits and two RBIs and three others had two hits for Louisville. Jesse Winker has a pair of RBIs for the Bats.
Kubitza recorded an RBI double and scored for Gwinnett, while Emilio Bonifacio and George Kottaras picked up RBI singles in the ninth. Blake Lalli got the final three outs on the mound in his third pitching performance of the season.
The G-Braves hit the road for a quick three game road trip to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, with game one against the Knights set for Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander John Gant (3-2, 3.61) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against righty Kameron Loe (1-3, 3.80) for Charlotte. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.