It was a tough afternoon for Kris Medlen on the mound as the Atlanta Braves fell 7-3, to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies took two of three in the weekend series and handed the Braves their fourth loss in their last six games.
The Phillies jumped on Kris Medlen and the Braves early on Sunday afternoon. A Dominique Brown triple in the first inning brought around Chase Utley to score. After a walk to Michael Young, Delmon Young was able to single to bring home Brown. The Phillies had an early 2-0 lead.
Kris Medlen, the Braves pitcher, got the Braves a run in the fifth inning. His single to left brought home Brian McCann and the Braves got their first run of the ballgame.
The lead would not stay at three runs long. Dominique Brown hit his 23rd home run of the season and increased the Phillies lead back to four runs. Brown is second in the NL in homeruns, trailing Rockies outfielder, Carlos Gonzalez.
In the sixth inning, Darin Ruf was able to score on a wild pitch by Braves pitcher, Alex Wood. Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies catcher, also scored on a throwing error by Brian McCann. Ruiz’s score gave the Phillies their seventh and final run of the game.
The Braves did manage to add a couple more in the seventh inning. Chris Johnson gave Atlanta their second run of the ballgame when he homered to left field.
Kris Medlen looked worse than he has in a long time during his outing Sunday. He gave up six earned runs in just 5.1 innings pitched. This may not help Medlen’s case when Brandon Beachy returns to the Atlanta rotation. These last couple starts may leave Medlen as the odd man out of the rotation.
Brian McCann continued his good series at the plate. He finished the game Sunday 3-4, with a run scored. In this series with the Phillies, McCann was 9-12 which translates to a .750 average.
The Braves lead in the NL East is slipping away as the Nationals picked up another win on Sunday. The lead is now down to four games.