There were quite a few athletes who put forth impressive stat lines in the sports world yesterday. Among them was Carlos Gonzalez, who hit three-home runs; Troy Tulowitzki, who went 5-for-5 with two homers; R.A. Dickey, who pitched 8.1 innings of two-hit shutout ball; and Tuukka Rask, who stopped 53 of 54 shots during a Game 3 double overtime victory. Each of those performances were impressive, and worthy of “The Stat Line of the Night,” but on this occasion they each take a backseat to Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran.
After allowing 13 earned runs against over 16 innings in his first three starts of the 2013 season, the 22-year-old righty has been able to lower his ERA in each of his following eight starts. That includes yesterday’s start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Teheran took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before it was broken up by a two-out single off the bat of Brandon Inge. Teheran would go on to close out the inning, finishing the day with 11 strikeouts while allowing just one single, two walks and no earned runs over eight innings of work during the Braves’ 5-0 victory.
That performance on the mound was easily the best of Teheran’s career. It improves his record to 4-2 on the season while lowering his ERA to 3.30, and it also earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, June 5, 2013.