Braves right-hander Julio Teheran compiled double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season in his last start against the Nationals on Saturday. But for much of the game, Teheran struggled to communicate effectively with catcher Evan Gattis, resulting in a number of exasperating sequences in an eventual 3-0 loss.
"It was just frustrating for all parties that we just couldn't get on the same page," Gattis said after the game. "Sometimes, he was shaking on purpose, and it's confusing."
Teheran -- who will face off against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the series opener on Friday -- said he was unable to control his emotions during the outing. That notion was confirmed in the top of the sixth inning when Teheran stepped forward off the rubber and committed a balk after shaking off several signs from Gattis, allowing Adam LaRoche to advance to second base.
In the same at-bat, Ryan Zimmerman connected on a single that brought home Washington's second run of the night.
"I was shaking, and that was when I got frustrated, because I wasn't seeing the pitch that I was thinking," Teheran said Saturday. "We weren't on the same page there. I was the one who made that move. Even if we weren't on the same page, I'm the one who has to step off and talk to him."
Teheran, who is seventh in the Majors with a 2.41 ERA, will look to move past his last start and harness his tremendous talent on Friday against Philadelphia. In two starts this season against the Phillies, Teheran has had his way, allowing just one run on seven combined hits over 17 innings.
Meanwhile, Kendrick is 3-7 on the season with a 4.20 ERA. He surrendered two runs and six hits over seven innings in his lone start against the Braves this season on June 17.
Braves: Freeman back in lineup
Freddie Freeman was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Astros in the eighth inning when Houston left-hander Darin Downs plunked the slugger in the right arm with a fastball.
Freeman's immediate exit from the contest provided him with an opportunity to ice the bruised area near the bottom of his right triceps muscle, which was only minimally swollen Thursday morning.
"I think that's what saved me," Freeman said. "If I would have waited to deal with the swelling after the game, I think it would have been [more significant] and I don't think I would have been able to go [Thursday]. I think that was a bright move."
Freeman went 1-for-4 with a single during the Braves' 6-1 loss to the Astros in the series finale on Thursday.
Phillies: Brown coping with struggles
Domonic Brown was not in the starting lineup Thursday for the series finale against the Marlins after his critical defensive miscue in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game gave Miami its first run in an eventual 3-2 victory.
Brown let a catchable ball sail over his head in left field with two outs and runners on first and second. One run scored on the play, and two more crossed the plate on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia double later in the inning.
On Thursday, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn't say whether the outfielder would sit out multiple games, but he did approach Brown -- who has struggled both offensively and defensively this season -- to discuss ways to improve.
"I had a good conversation with him about making adjustments and then applying them," Sandberg said. "Being prepared out there on defense for every pitch. Knowing the game situation and getting good jumps on balls."
Brown responded by delivering a pinch-hit single and scoring the tying run on a two-out error in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 5-3, 14-inning win Thursday night.
• The Braves tabbed David Hale, who is typically a long relief option out of the bullpen, as the starter for the second leg of the team's Saturday doubleheader against the Phillies. Hale last started a game on April 26, when he limited the Reds to one run over eight innings.
• The Phillies placed Double-A Reading left-hander Jesse Biddle on the inactive list. They also released Double-A outfielder Jiwan James.
• Phillies catcher Wil Nieves left for Clearwater, Fla., to continue his rehab from a strained right quadriceps. He hopes to be activated July 4.
• Triple-A Lehigh Valley right-hander Sean O'Sullivan will pitch the second game of Saturday's doubleheader for the Phillies. O'Sullivan sports a 4.31 ERA in 10 starts this season.
Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.