And then there’s Kris Medlen. It’s a lot to ask of a kid coming off of surgery to be the staff ace, but so far he seems up to the task. This time he only went for seven shutout innings (scoreless streak: 20 1/3 IP) with seven hits, seven strikeouts, and one walk, in a close game, to break a four-game losing streak.
The Braves did finally score, in the fifth inning, when Martin Prado doubled home Tyler Pastornicky and… well, Medlen, who had walked in front of him (Prado led off with Michael Bourn taking an off-day). It stayed 2-0 as long as Medlen was in the game. But Eric O’Flaherty entered to pitch the eighth and a hit, an error on the play, and another hit cut the lead to 2-1, and a walk put the go-ahead run on. O’Flaherty got a GIDP to get out of it.
Then the Braves got some breathing space. Chipper Jones reached on an error, and Freddie Freeman doubled. Chipper scored on a sac fly, and Bourn, in the game now, singled home Freeman. He then went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on a throwing error, making it 5-1. It was no longer a save situation, but there was little reason not to use Craig Kimbrel, who struck out the side in the ninth.