Medlen Slams Braves Past Dodgers

Kris Medlen

Medlen hit his first career home run Saturday night

Kris Medlen hit a solo homer and pitched  6 2/3 shutout innings as the Atlanta  Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, 2-1.  The win gives the Braves a chance to split the series Sunday afternoon.

After a Dan Uggla solo shot, and a B.J. Upton strikeout, Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen belted a solo shot of his own. The home run was the 1st of Medlen’s big league career.

Those solo homers came off Dodgers starting pitcher, Steven Fife.

Kris Medlen was sharp on the mound as well.  He finished his night in the 7th inning with a final line of 6.2IP, 0ER, 1BB, and 6K’s.  Medlen was the 3rd Atlanta starter in as many nights with a quality start.  The win for Medlen improved his record to 3-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.87.

The Dodgers finally got on the scoreboard in the 8th inning.  Hanley Ramirez, pinch-hitting for Andre Either, singled to bring in Nick Punto.  That run cut the Braves lead to 2-1.

The Dodgers also threatened in the 9th.  Skip Schumaker started the 9th inning with a lead-off single.  Schumaker, the tying run, moved to 2nd base on a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch.  With the tying run on 2nd, and Yusiel Puig on deck, Kimbrel struck out Mark Ellis to end the game.

Yusiel Puig continued to hit Braves pitching well.  He ended his night 2-4 at the plate.  For the series against the Braves, Puig is 5-11 (.455 Avg), 2HR, and 5 RBI’s.

Skip Schumaker continued his strong two weeks for the Dodgers.   His single in the 2nd inning extended his hit streak to 14 games.  He had a good night on Saturday as he went 3-4, and was stranded on second when the game ended.

For the Braves, Andrelton Simmons has seen the ball well in his last four games, and that continued Saturday against the Dodgers.  Simmons was 3-5, and is 9-24 (.375) in his last 5 games.

The Marlins and the Braves were the only two NL East teams to win on Saturday.  That increases the Braves lead in the NL East to 7.5 games over the second place Phillies

Mike Minor looks to continue his hot start to 2013 Sunday when he takes the ball in the series finale at 4:10 ET.