Two things happened yesterday.
First, Kris Medlen threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing just five singles, striking out 9 men and walking nobody in 100 pitches, while the Braves scored two runs on a Chipper Jones RBI double and a Dan Uggla solo homer.
Then Mac tweeted:
Macthomason?Little ole me!I was sick but glory be.Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated
— Mac Thomason (@bravesjournal) August 29, 2012
So it was a pretty good day. Even so, all wasn’t bread and roses: for the second day in a row, the Braves offense got shut down by a random Padres rookie starter. This time it was someone named “Andrew Werner” (note: the Bucs Dugout blog also referred to him as “someone named Andrew Werner” when he beat the Pirates a week ago). The Padres signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of the Frontier League. Werner had a 5.79 ERA in Triple-A before he was called up a week and a half ago; he wasn’t one of John Sickels’ Top 40 Padres prospects for 2012. His average fastball is around 88 miles an hour, which is actually a historical improvement for him, as he told the North County Times:
Definitely [a late bloomer]… I wasn’t a hard thrower in high school or even the first couple of years in college. I started throwing harder my senior year.
He’s a completely anonymous lefty with no fastball who sucked at Triple-A. He’s basically the platonic ideal of a guy that the Braves absolutely can’t hit.
But we won. We’ll take it, day by day.