Andrelton Simmons slugged his seventh home run of the season, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Braves easily handled the Reds in an 8-0 victory on Thursday.
Simmons ended a scoreless tie in the top of the second with a no-doubt solo home run to left field off of David Holmberg. The shortstop hasn't shown as much power at the plate as he did last season, slashing a meager .249/.296/.348 with 43 RBI.
Devin Mesoraco's slump continued in a loss to the Braves on Thursday with an 0-for-3 performance.
Mesoraco has now logged just one hit (a double) in his last 27 plate appearances dating back to August 13. The catcher has seemingly been on fire all season, but he is proving that he is human. Nevertheless, Mesoraco still maintains an astounding .281/.353/.548 slash line with 20 home runs and 63 RBI in 340 plate appearances this season.
David Holmberg failed to make it out of the third inning in a loss against the Braves on Thursday, surrendering six runs in total.
Holmberg was making his third career major league start and second of the season. None of them have gone well. Against the Braves, the left-hander yielded five hits while walking four and striking out two. Five of the runs scored in a nightmarish third inning in which Holmberg had to be relieved by Pedro Villarreal. In 5 1/3 innings this season, Holmberg has allowed 11 runs with a 3/7 K/BB ratio.
Julio Teheran earned his 12th win of the season after tossing six shutout innings against the Reds on Thursday.
Though Teheran was only at 87 pitches after six innings, the Braves were already up 8-0 and virtually assured of a victory. The right-hander limited the Reds to four hits, striking out three without issuing a walk. With the strong effort, Teheran was able to lower his ERA back under 3.00 at 2.96. He has a 1.08 WHIP and a 156/41 K/BB ratio as well. Teheran will toe the rubber in Queens against the Mets on Wednesday next.
The Red Sox hope that Yoenis Cespedes will be ready to play on Friday.
Cespedes exited early from Thursday's game due to a family medical emergency. Obviously they'll give him as much time as he needs, but it sounds like he could be back in there Friday.