National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 21 (All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (38-35) at Washington Nationals (37-35), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.31) Washington - Doug Fister (5-2, 3.08)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Julio Teheran cooled off any thoughts of him going on a slump with an impressive outing last time out.
The young Atlanta Braves hurler will try to lead his club to a victory on Saturday evening in the third contest of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals.
The 23-year-old Teheran had won four straight starts before taking a loss to Colorado on June 11, when he yielded seven runs over 6 1/3 innings. That rare dud of a start lifted his earned run average from 1.80 to 2.41.
The righty was able to bounce back on Monday against Philadelphia however, holding the Phillies to a run on four hits over eight innings of a no- decision. Teheran struck out six and did not walk a batter.
He sits at 6-4 with a 2.31 earned run average on the year and will face the Nationals for the third time in 2014. He is 1-0 in the previous two encounters while giving up four earned runs over 13 innings.
Doug Fister counters for the Nats after having his own impressive winning streak end in his last appearance.
Aiming for a sixth consecutive winning start, Fister instead was charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings of a setback to St. Louis on Sunday. The righty yielded a pair of homers after giving up only three in his previous six outings, and the four runs allowed were the most he had given up since getting tagged for five earned in his season debut on May 9.
The 30-year-old Fister now sits at 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA on the year and is set to face the Braves for the second time in his career. He bested them the first time around with seven innings of three-run ball.
Atlanta came into this series having lost six of eight, but have won the first two encounters to move a half-game up on Washington for first place in the NL East.
The Braves survived a blown save by closer Craig Kimbrel to win Friday's game 6-4 in 13 innings. Evan Gattis, who has a career-high hitting streak of 19 games going, singled home the winning run in the final frame and Andrelton Simmons added his second RBI of the game on a fielder's choice later in the inning.
Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer and Jason Heyward also finished with two RBI in the win.
"We just want to get back on the right track," Freeman said.
That almost didn't happen as Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer off Kimbrel in the bottom of the ninth inning. The hit was initially ruled a double, which would have scored one run, but a quick review overturned the call into the tying homer.
"We got to their closer. That's tough to do. Gave ourselves a chance," said Washington manager Matt Williams.
Ian Desmond added a solo homer for the Nats, who have lost six of their past eight.
Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton was unable to start for a third consecutive game due to lingering dizziness. It is unknown what is causing the issue or when he will be able to start.
Washington is only 1-7 against Atlanta this season, but is 11-5-2 in series play against the Braves in DC since April 29, 2008.
06/21 10:41:53 ET