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Julio Teheran out-duels Cliff Lee in 1-0 Braves win

Teheran throws in the cold Philly weather
Teheran throws in the cold Philly weather
Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images

When you hear that Cliff Lee (2-2) threw a one-run complete game, you'd be forgiven if you thought he was the winning pitcher. Atlanta's Julio Teheran (2-1) did Lee one better by throwing his first ever shutout in a 1-0 win over Philly's ace starter on April 16.

This was also Teheran's first ever complete game. His previous best was eight innings against the Pirates June 5, 2013 as he struck out 11 Bucs and gave up just one hit in his final inning. Against Philly, Julio only struck out four batters, but he did a great job of keeping his pitch count low, giving up just three hits on 115 pitches.

"The whole game, I was just trying to throw strikes, and all of my pitches were working," Teheran said after the game. "I used my two-seamer for lefties and it was tough to hit."

In case you're wondering, having both pitchers throw a complete game isn't as uncommon as you might think. The stat is a little dated, but from 2005 through 2010 it happened 21 times. It should be noted that only seven of the 21 games were played in an NL stadium, negating the DH position, so take that with a grain of salt.

Cliff Lee's final stats were very interesting. He struck out 13 Braves and walked just one, but he also gave up 11 hits. Four of those hits came courtesy of Evan Gattis as El Oso Blanco went a perfect 4-4 for the first time in his young career. Gattis was also responsible for Atlanta's only run in the game.

Oso Blanco's second hit of the game was a solo shot in the fourth inning. In his career at Citizens Bank Park Gattis is now a .333 hitter going 8-24 with five home runs. "Apparently a small sample size, I guess," Gattis said. "But I had a good day today." Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson was the only other Brave to get multiple hits off Lee. He finished 3-4 for the night.

The Braves should consider themselves lucky after this win. The good news is that they were able to collect 11 total hits in the game. The bad news is that only one of those hits resulted in any runs. Atlanta was 0-7 for the game with runners in scoring position.

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