Teheran strong in one-run loss

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves entertained their second-largest crowd of the season on Saturday night and the 9,096 fans were treated to a good, old fashioned pitchers' duel.

Gwinnett's top prospect Julio Teheran, who has had an up-and-down season, was on one of his upswings on Saturday against Syracuse as the 21-year old righty delivered one of his best starts of the year, going eight innings with one earned run on three hits with nine strikeouts.

But that one earned run would be all Syracuse would need as lefty John Lannan went the distance, giving up just three hits and one walk as the Chiefs held on for a 1-0 win.

"We hadn't seen a pitchers' duel around here in some time," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said. "Both pitchers threw the ball well."

Teheran, who was coming off a start on Aug. 19 that saw him last just 2 innings, fared much better on Saturday. His nine strikeouts matched his season high and he ended the game strong by setting down the last 10 hitters he faced.

"He was bound and determined from the get go and I could tell he had good stuff," Brundage said. "He commanded his fast ball, worked well inside and threw a lot of strikes. He's moving in the right direction and tonight he showed what he was capable of doing."

Teheran threw 103 pitches with 69 going for strikes.

Despite Teheran's good work, Lannan proved to be more efficient as he needed just 87 pitches to record the complete-game win against Gwinnett (61-74).

"He threw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Brundage said of Lannan. "He forced us to swing early in the count and he recorded a lot of easy outs."

The lone run for Syracuse (64-71) came in the third inning when Zach Walters led off with a walk, just one of two Teheran allowed. Jarrett Hoffpauir followed and reached when he was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no out. Lannan then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but catcher J.C. Boscan couldn't field it cleanly, allowing the bases to load up with no outs.

Teheran (7-8) then turned to damage control and recorded two outs when Eury Perez grounded into a double play, allowing Walters to score. Teheran would walk the next hitter but extinguished the threat with a strikeout of Jim Negrych with just one run allowed.

Gwinnett's first chance to score came in the sixth when Boscan doubled to left with one out but was left stranded when Lannan set down the next two hitters.

Boscan also started a potential rally in the ninth when he led off with an infield single. Felix Pie was called in to pinch run and reached second when Jose Constanza sacrificed him over.

Luis Durango followed and hit a blistering grounder that was snared by third baseman Hoffpauir, and Josh Wilson's long fly to center was tracked down to end the game.