Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JAY CLEMONS  |  Last updated 8/13/13
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 5-1 loss to the Phillies, before a soggy, but hearty crowd of 20,676: 1. Julio Teheran might only regret two pitches from this night ... against the Phillies' weakest two hitters (on paper) In the third inning, Philly pitcher Cole Hamels strode to the plate with one out, apparently set on raking Teheran's first fastball delivery. On cue, he crushed a ball through the rain and to the deep part of left-center field. Giving chase, center fielder B.J. Upton came inches shy of putting a glove on the ball, which caromed hard off the Turner Field wall, allowing Hamels to record his first triple since May 3, 2011. Hamels would subsequently score on a Jimmy Rollins RBI single, giving Philly a 1-0 lead. In the sixth inning, a mere two outs from exiting the outing relatively unscathed, Teheran yielded a single to Chase Utley before hitting Darin Ruf with a pitch. That opened the door for Phillies rookie Cody Asche a .194 hitter in the majors to launch a three-run homer off an 0-1 pitch. "it was a good ballgame" (for Teheran), said Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez in the post-game media scrum. "The sequence of those two hitters (Ruf, Asche) kind of messed up his night." In the minors, Asche has averaged 14 homers, 70 RBI and a .314 batting average the last two seasons (three different levels). MLB.com has the third baseman ranked as the franchise's No. 7 overall prospect. As for Teheran (six strikeouts), Monday's outing snapped a string of four consecutive starts of zero or one run allowed. Since April 23, spanning 20 starts, he has surrendered just three runs or less 17 times. And in that span, he's a perfect 20 for 20 in allowing three walks or less. 2. The Braves hitters were perhaps due for an off night against Hamels Of his last six starts against Atlanta (entering Monday), covering 34 innings, Hamels had a less-than-dominant ERA of 3.97 against the NL East rivals, including one outing of six walks allowed. On this night, Hamels stifled the Braves (72-47, up 14 games in the NL East) for zero runs and three hits through eight innings, before giving up three hits and one incidental run in the 9th. In all, Jason Heyward and Chris Johnson produced four of Atlanta's six outs. "(Hamels) may be the best 3-14 pitcher we've faced all year," said Gonzalez. (Quick fact note: Hamels now has a 5-13 record for the season.) And given's Hamels' stellar track record in the majors (95-73, 3.81 3.39 ERA, 1,444384 K-BB rate), he might be the best pitcher with a minus-10 win-loss differential that Atlanta has encountered since moving into Turner Field in 1997. Chris Johnson, the National League's current batting leader (.338), was quick to praise Hamels' work, as well. "Give all the credit to Cole Hamels tonight," said Johnson. "He's nasty when he's throwing all his pitches for strikes. I mean, there was one at-bat when he threw me something for every single pitch. When he's like that, he's nasty ... and you've got to tip your hat." 3. You can set your watch to Brian McCann's recent consistency at the plate Since June 29, covering 32 games, McCann (1 for 4 on Monday) has yet to go back-to-back outings without at least one hit. In fact, during that span, he has nine homers, 10 multiple-hit efforts, 16 extra-base hits, 24 RBI and a cool batting average of .323.
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