After losing the first game of this four-game series, the Braves made the rest look like a blowout tennis match (6-0, 6-1, 6-0) with the last set — uh, game — the most dominant. Kris Medlen threw the first complete game of his career, a five-hit shutout. Meanwhile, Chipper Jones celebrated Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night with two homers.
Michael Bourn led off the bottom of the first with a double, but was still on second two batters later. But the fourth batter of the inning was Chipper, who homered to make it 2-0, which is how it stayed for some time. The Padres got singles in each of the first two innings but nothing else. Their best chance of the game to score came when pitcher, and old friend, Jason Marquis doubled leading off the third, going to third on a groundout by the next batter. But the next batter hit a comebacker to Medlen, who gunned Jason down at the plate. Medlen settled down to retire eleven in a row.
Marquis got the first two in the fifth, but then Jason Heyward homered, and Chipper followed with his second homer (his 2700th career hit) and it was 4-0. After a walk, a double, and an intentional walk Marquis was history, and Paul Janish then singled in two to make it 6-0. I’ve always thought that slow as he is, Brian McCann was a smart baserunner, but there he was, making the third out of an inning at third base. At least this time it didn’t really matter.
The Padres got a single in the sixth and another in the eighth, but that was it. Medlen wound up the game with six strikeouts and no walks, 104 pitches thrown, 76 of them strikes. He even allowed a couple of stolen bases to add to the whole Madduxian feel of the night. How do you even think of moving him out of the rotation if he keeps this up?
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