After final spring outing, Teheran looks forward to Opening Day

Righty surrenders four homers in loss to Phils, hopes to start fresh in regular season

After final spring outing, Teheran looks forward to Opening Day

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Julio Teheran's final start of the Grapefruit League season proved to be much more frustrating than he had hoped. But after surrendering four home runs during Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Phillies at Bright House Field, the Braves right-hander had no choice but to begin looking forward to the chance to start anew during Monday's Opening Day start against the Marlins in Miami.

"I've really got my mind on the next start," Teheran said. "I need to have a good start because they are all going to count from there."

When Teheran makes his second consecutive Opening Day start next week, there will be no need for him to dwell on the fact that the Phillies tagged him for seven earned runs and eight hits over just four innings. But the 24-year-old hurler can only hope that the struggles he encountered while allowing seven earned runs in two of his final three Grapefruit League season starts were not a sign of what the regular season might bring.

"I'm ready for next week," Teheran said. "It was a rough day today, but I'm just trying to get [the bad stuff] away from the [regular season]."

Teheran allowed hits, including a Chase Utley three-run home run and Ryan Howard double, to each of the first four Phillies batters he faced. After completing a perfect second inning, he was damaged yet again by Utley, who capped his two-homer day with a solo shot in the third inning.

Freddy Galvis and Rene Garcia added to the power barrage when they hit solo shots in the fourth inning. This outing conjured memories of the one Teheran experienced on March 4, 2012, when the Tigers bashed him for six home runs in just two innings.

Fortunately for Teheran, the 3.03 ERA he has compiled over the course of the past two seasons provides him a sense of comfort that he did not have three years ago, when he was first victimized by one of these power barrages as an unproven prospect.

"That is the best I have felt during Spring Training," Teheran said in reference to the arm strength he felt on Wednesday. "All my pitches were working, but on the mistakes, they were swinging and I paid for it."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.