Kris Medlen shut down the San Diego Padres, and Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman got the key hits, as the Atlanta Braves scored their first win over the Padres this season. Johnson and Freeman provided the only offense for the Braves on Saturday night.
Chris Johnson got the scoring started in the 4th inning. He continued his great work with 2 outs and RISP, with a single to left field. Justin Upton was on 2nd and was able to score the game’s first run.
A couple of innings later, Freddie Freeman bolstered his MVP campaign, with a home run to left field. Freeman’s homer put the Braves up 2-0.
The score would stay that way until the 9th inning. Craig Kimbrel gave up a home run to Chase Headley to start the 9th. The lead was cut to 2-1, but Kimbrel would then retire the next 3 Padre batters. Kimbrel recorded his 47th save of the season and bolstered his own case for a postseason award.
Kris Medlen was great on the mound. He pitched 7.1 innings, before giving way to David Carpenter in the 8th. Medlen struck out 5 and only gave up 4 hits to the Padres.
Three Braves recorded a multi-hit game on Saturday. Justin Upton (2-4), and Chris Johnson (2-4) were over-shadowed by Freeman’s continued success. Freeman finished Saturday a perfect 3-3.
Freddie Freeman: 3-3, HR, RBI
Freddie Freeman is quietly becoming one of the best hitters in the NL. His HR proved to be the difference in the game against the Padres. Without Freeman’s homer, the homer from Chase Headley would have tied it up. As always, Freeman played a great 1st base and had some great digs in the game as well.
The Braves win and Nationals’ loss on Saturday, has cut the magic number to 4 games. The Braves will look to trim it down even more in the series finale with the Padres. Julio Teheran (12-7, 3.05) will take on a fairly unknown pitcher, in Burch Smith (0-1, 9.17).