LAWRENCEVILLE -- Julio Teheran entered this season as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization and, in some rankings, all of baseball. He battled until the end of spring training for a spot in the Braves rotation, just missing the cut in favor of Randall Delgado. At 20 years old, Teheran had dominated Class AAA hitters a season ago.
This season can only be described as a regression.
Teheran turned in another short outing Thursday, lasing just four innings and giving up six runs, five earned, off eight hits. He walked just one and struck out three in his second consecutive loss as Norfolk beat the G-Braves 10-2. Gwinnett is now 3-8 in its last 11 games and lost three of four to the Tides after taking the first seven games this season.
Teheran allowed a lead-off hit to L.J. Hoes to start the game, a harbinger of his outing to come. He stranded Hoes in the first, but allowed three consecutive hits to start the second, capped by a three-run home run by Brandon Waring. It was Waring's 21st home run of the season and second in as many games against the G-Braves for the .235 batter hitting in the No. 7 spot. He allowed one more in the third and two in the fourth before leaving the game after throwing 85 pitches.
The consecutive losses are the second stretch this season for Teheran, who lost three straight starts in June. He lost three games in all of 2011.
Teheran gave way to Buddy Carlyle, who retired his first five batters, including four straight strikeouts before the former big leaguer allowed the top of the Norfolk order to rally. Hoes, who ended the night 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored singled, followed by Georgia's Xavier Avery and both scored on a double by Bill Hall.
Gwinnett finally got on the board in the seventh when Josh Kroeger kept his hot bat going with a double and Ruben Gotay and Brian Friday followed with RBI hits. Kroeger ended the game 1-for-4 and his hitting .400 since joining the G-Braves on July 28. The outfielder played part of this season with Class AAA Pawtucket and is hitting .259 on the season.
The scoring inning ended the night for Tides starter Jason Berken.
Berken, who entered the game with a 3.53 ERA in 21 starts, pitched 6 , allowing the two runs off seven hits with seven strikeouts. The Clemson graduate spent all or parts of the past three seasons in the Baltimore Orioles bullpen, leads the Tides with 22 starts and Thursday's win evened his record at 4-4.
Zach Petersime went the rest of the way for the Tides, pitching 2 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout.
Gwinnett's third pitcher of the night, Andy Russell, pitched an uneventful two innings, allowing one hit and walking one. Newly promoted Ryan Buchter pitched the ninth and after loading the bases with a pair of walks allowed a two-run infield single by Blake Davis on a ball that rolled straight down the first baseline, just staying fair.
Tides 10, G-Braves 2
What happened: In the final game of the series, Norfolk routed the G-Braves 10-2 taking the series three games to one. Multiple runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings propelled the Tides to their third victory of the year against Gwinnett and first series win against the G-Braves. The Tides' biggest inning, the second, was powered by a three-run homer to right center. Norfolk starter Jason Berken (4-4, 3.49) earned the win in 6 innings of work, allowing two earned runs in the seventh. Julio Teheran (6-7, 5.35) was tagged with the loss in four innings.
Pivotal moment: Single, double, home run, is what Norfolk's first three batters in the second inning did to Gwinnett starter Teheran, giving the Tides the early 3-0 lead. It was third baseman Brandon Waring's 21 home run of the season.
Stat of the day: Norfolk left fielder L.J. Hoes went 4-6 on the evening, recording all singles on his hits. This extends his hitting streak to three games.
Buchter for Bullock: Struggling RHP reliever Billy Bullock was demoted to Class AA Mississippi on Thursday in favor of LHP Ryan Buchter. With the M-Braves, Buchter was 1-3 with a 1.51 ERA in 35 appearances.
Up next: The G-Braves send RHP Jair Jurrjens (3-4, 5.18 ERA), who is on Atlanta's disabled list, to the mound in a rehab start as they open a four-game series at Coolray Field against Louisville at 7:05 p.m. today. Louisville counters with righty Chad Reineke (5-7, 4.35).