Medlen and Braves Run Over Marlins

Kris Medlen struggled but got the win

Kris Medlen struggled but got the win

The Atlanta Braves amassed 16 hits as they defeated the Miami Marlins 11-3 on Tuesday night.  The 16 hits by the Braves is the most they have had this season.  Their 11 runs is also the most runs they have scored without hitting a homerun.

It looked like it may be a long night for the Braves, as the Marlins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Kris Medlen walked Giancarlo Stanton, which allowed Logan Morrison to hit in the inning.  Morrison homered to right and gave the Marlins and 2-0 lead in the 1st.

The Braves would cut the Marlins lead in half during the 2nd inning.  Dan Ugga’s groundout to 3rd allowed Freddie Freeman to score.

After Chris Johnson led off the Atlanta 3rd with a double, Kris Medlen was faced with the task of moving him over to 3rd.    Medlen did that and more with his plate appearance.  Medlen was running down the line when the throw to 1st drew Logan Morrison off the bag.  Morrison and Medlen collided, which allowed the ball to get past Morrison and into right field.  Not only did Chris Johnson move to third base, but he scored on the throwing error by Marlins third baseman, Placido Polanco.

The Braves claimed the lead against the Marlins in the 4th.  Freddie Freeman recorded a sacrifice fly on a ball that was misplayed by the Marlins outfield.  Justin Upton, who tripled, was able to score on Freeman’s sacrifice fly.  That gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.

The Marlins would fight back in the 6thGreg Dobbs, who was pinch-hitting, singled to right center to score Derek Dietrich, and tie the game up at 3.

The Braves would open up the game after that.  In the 6th, the Braves would add 4 more runs to their total.  A Chris Johnson double scored both Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman.  Jordan Schafer and Andrelton Simmons both recorded infield singles that scored runs.  Schafer’s single scored Brian McCann, while Simmon’s scored Chris Johnson.  The Braves led the Marlins 7-3 after 6 innings.

They would add another run in the 7th inning from a Brian McCann double that scored Justin Upton.

In the 8th inning, the Braves added 3 more run,s to put the game even more out of reach.  A triple from Braves shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, scored Paul Janish.

Justin Upton then singled to left to bring in Simmons.  Brian McCann then got his 3rd hit of the ballgame and brought in Jason Heyward to score.

The Braves cruised to an 11-3 win.

It was a good day for the Braves bats.  Brian McCann, Justin Upton, and Chris Johnson all recorded 3 hits in the game.

Even though Braves starter, Kris Medlen, did not have his best of stuff, he still did a great job pitching out of trouble.  The Marlins had a chance to have some big innings, but the door was closed by Medlen.  He pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs.

Anthony Varvano (1 IP), and Alex Wood (2 IP), did a great job shutting down the Marlins in relief .

The Braves were forced to make a change early in the ballgame on Tuesday.  B.J Upton had forearm cramps/spasms, and was pulled from the game after his 1st at bat.  He is listed as day-to-day. I’m sure more information on his condition will come tonight or tomorrow.

Former Brave, Juan Francisco, helped the Brewers defeat the Nationals on Tuesday night.  That gives the Braves a 7 game lead in the NL East, going into play on Wednesday.

The same two teams are at it again tomorrow night as Mike Minor takes on Ricky Nolasco.