August 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Kris Medlen, 83 game score
Least Valuable Brave: Martin Prado, -.060
Most Valuable Padre: Yonder Alonso, .021
Least Valuable Padre: Jason Marquis, 24 game score
1st – (ATL) Chipper Jones two-run homer for a 2-0 Braves lead, .200
5th – (ATL) Jason Heyward solo homer for a 3-0 Braves lead, .078
5th – (ATL) Chipper Jones solo homer for a 4-0 Braves lead, .047
Kris Medlen is simply the best thing going right now. Medlen pitched his first career complete-game shutout, allowing four singles and one double, not walking any and striking out six. He recorded 13 whiffs, including seven on the changeup, and his curveball came out looking pretty good, as well. He induced 17 ground balls, six fly balls and just three line drives, recording a .192 BABIP against. The strike zone plot below shows how he kept the ball down in the zone all night, avoiding hard contact.
It certainly wasn’t all Medlen, though. Chipper Jones hit two home runs on his bobblehead night, recording a .224 WPA. Jason Heyward had a double and hit his 20th home run, ending up a triple shy of the cycle. Michael Bourn and Dan Uggla added a double each, and Paul Janish singled twice.
Tremendous win for the Braves to take three of four from the Padres and continue their streak of series wins. Atlanta hasn’t lost a series in its past 11 sets, including two splits. They are four games behind the Nationals after Washington’s off day.