BUFFALO -- Another night, another poor start from a once major leaguer.
A night after Jair Jurrjens struggled mightily for the Gwinnett Braves, top pitching prospect Julio Teheran, last year's top pitcher in Class AAA and a one-game winner in the big leagues, didn't get out of the third inning, surrendering four runs off seven hits with five walks and just two strikeouts in 2 innings in the G-Braves' 4-2 loss to the Bison.
It's the fourth time this season Teheran failed to get to the fifth inning, but this poor outing comes after two of his best this season. Entering Thursday's game, Teheran had allowed two earned runs over 13 innings with 10 strikeouts and just two walks.
But that control and dominance disappeared this outing.
Teheran took the mound after his offense spotted him a two-run lead in the top of the first off Buffalo starter Chris Schwinden. Stefan Gartrell doubled with two outs and Ernesto Mejia singled him in. Christian Marrero followed with a double to score Mejia.
But the lead didn't matter. Teheran, who lost the fifth starter spot for the Atlanta Braves in spring training to Randall Delgado, allowed two straight hits to open the game and with one out walked three straight. But with the bases loaded, he caught a break when Omar Quintanilla's hit into an unassisted double play on a line drive to the first baseman Mejia, to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Buffalo scored the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the second, off three hits and a walk, capped off by a two-RBI single by Vinny Rottino.
Schwinden then went to work, pitching six innings, allowing two runs off six hits, striking out four, but walking just two for the win.
Buddy Carlyle, fresh off the disabled list, entered for Teheran and pitched 2 perfect innings with three strikeouts. Jaye Chapman and Corey Gearrin finished the game, neither allowing a hit and combining for six strikeouts.
Gartrell, Mejia, Joey Terdoslavich and J.C. Boscan all had two hits for the G-Braves, who left 10 runners on base and were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. That's back-to-back two-hit games for Terdoslavich, who pushed his batting average to .201. He had gone four straight games without a hit.