None of that mattered, though, when he stepped into the box with a runner on third and the Philadelphia Phillies down a run in the eighth inning.
Thanks to a late, two-run blast by shortstop Freddy Galvis with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Phillies secured their fourth series sweep of the season and their eighth victory over their last nine games.
"After I threw that last pitch and got the out, I was just out there shaking, thanking God for the opportunity to be out there on the mound", he said. "When this team starts winning some games, the confidence goes all the way to 100 percent".
After allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings in his debut, Eflin's only given up seven runs (five earned) in 17 2/3 innings in his last three, for a 2.55 ERA; his last time out, the Phillies won a game that he started for the first time, a 9-8 victory over Arizona that was a no-decision for Eflin.
Maikel Franco homered for the third straight game, and the Phillies hit four overall. I sent him back out.
Jeanmar Gomez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 23rd save of the season. They weren't getting much offense - they averaged 3.13 runs per game during that span - and no longer received the pitching performances they were getting to begin the season, resulting in allowing 5.63 runs per game.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson throws a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Adonis Garcia hit a pair of RBI doubles for the Braves. Before this surge, Garcia had gone 3-for-30 since June 28.
Franco tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot to right off Chris Withrow in the sixth. No Phillies hitter had done that since Ryan Howard in 2012.
Franco, who followed Asche with a single, came around to score three batters later on a sacrifice fly by Freddy Galvis.
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran was scratched from Wednesday's start in the three-game series finale for Tyrell Jenkins. He gave up six hits but countered that with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Phillies would eventually bring a run in as Odubel Herrera doubled in Cesar Hernandez after Jenkins was pulled with two outs.
Interim manager Brian Snitker was searching for positives after the Phillies torched starter Joel De La Rosa for a seven-run second inning on Monday night, a 10-minute strike from which his team never recovered. "It was tough. He's going to have a chance to win a lot of games in his career". Markakis and Garcia were the only ones of that trio to manage a hit on Tuesday.
"I can't complain about the hitting anymore", manager Pete Mackanin said.
Aybar's first home run as a fearless was a line-drive to the rightfield seats on Jerad Eickhoff's third pitch of the game and first pitch to Aybar. "It's pretty exciting. Me and [catcher Cameron] Rupp were on the same page the whole time and he did a heck of a job". Back-to-back groundouts left them stranded.
"They're aggressive", Snitker said. "You fight like (heck) to win a game like that". If you are wondering the other two names on that list, they are Dick Allen and Mike Schmidt.
And don't look now, but the Phillies are 39-46, seven games under.500.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 3-8 in their last 11 game threes of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games. Franco was 10 for 19 with four homers in the six-game homestand.
Atlanta's only run of the night came, fittingly, on a solo home run, Ender Inciarte's first of the season, which came in the seventh.
It was just over a week ago when Philadelphia was within sight in the NL East - just 5 games ahead of the Braves.