The Braves came into Cincinnati the beneficiaries of one of the most favorable pitching matchups possible. All-Star Julio Teheran was on the mound for Atlanta and his counterpart for the Reds was just called up David Holmberg who had struggled all year in AAA. Somehow it was shocking that the game played out exactly as would be expected with Teheran dominating and the Braves hitters crushing the Reds as Atlanta cruised to an 8-0 victory.
The first inning didn't see Atlanta score though it offered hints of how the night would go for Holmberg. Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch and Justin Upton walked but the Braves failed to cash in the two early baserunners. Getting Chris Johnson to flyout to end the inning would provide only brief relief for Holmberg though. Andrelton Simmons crushed a solo homer in the 2nd inning to put Atlanta up 1-0 but it was in the third inning when the floodgates really came flying open for Atlanta's offense.
Jason Heyward led off the third by flying out to left field when Skip Schumaker made a diving catch. However, the Braves successfully challenged that Schumaker hadn't caught the ball and had trapped it against the ground. The call was overturned and the Braves had a leadoff single. This turned out to be a major moment in the game. Phil Gosselin reached on a bunt single and Freeman walked to load the bases with no outs. Justin Upton then continued his torrid stretch of hitting by smacking a single up the middle to plate two runs and put Atlanta up 3-0.
At this point Holmberg was openly laboring on the mound and seemed to have no belief he could get anyone out. Chris Johnson just missed a homer on a double off the wall that scored Freeman and increased the Altanta lead to 4-0. Holmberg finally got an out on an Evan Gattis flyball but it was deep enough to score Upton and make it 5-0. Simmons made the first non-productive out of the inning and with two outs the Reds decided to intentionally walk BJ Upton. This brought up Teheran but Holmberg was so out of sorts he hit Teheran with a pitch to load the bases. Holmberg walked Heyward to force home another run and the Reds finally put Holmberg out of his misery and replaced him with Pedro Villareal. Villareal struck out Gosselin to finally end the inning in which the Braves sent 11 men to the plate and took a 6-0 lead.
After the huge third inning things were pretty academic from there. The Braves pushed across two more runs to up their lead to 8-0 in what would be the final score. Teheran was never in trouble though Fredi Gonzalez chose to take him out after six scoreless innings. The Braves lefty combo of James Russell and Luis Avilan handled the Reds lineup the rest of the way that was totally punchless. The Braves took care of business against a pitcher they should have taken care of business against. Atlanta is rolling and will look to keep it going tomorrow with Mike Minor on the mound.