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Julio Teheran Fights Through Command Issues As Phillies Lead Through Four Innings, 2-0

Julio Teheran fought through early-inning nerves that led to command issues, but he only has two runs allowed through four innings as the Phillies lead, 2-0.

Teheran's first career hitter was Jimmy Rollins, who singled on a changeup. This became a trend early as he struggled locating his fastball and eventually began grooving it. This resulted in a solo homer to Ryan Howard in the fourth, who crushed a grooved fastball into the bullpen.

Teheran's changeups have had an average of around 11 MPH difference from the fastball, but they haven't fooled many hitters and have resulted in several hard hit balls. He has fallen behind several batters, as well, and he has thrown 67 pitches, 42 for strikes. His line is two runs on three hits in four innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Braves have struggled to do anything against Kyle Kendrick. He has pitched four shutout innings on two hits, one being a double by Dan Uggla. He has no walks and three strikeouts.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans check out The Good Phight.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.