August 23, 2012 at 12:53 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Kris Medlen, 69 game score
Least Valuable Brave: Chipper Jones, -.104
Most Valuable National: Michael Morse, .115
Least Valuable National: Ian Desmond, -.352
2nd – (WAS) Kurt Suzuki grounded into inning-ending double play with runners on corners, -.124
4th – (ATL) Chipper Jones grounded into double play with two on, no outs, -.124
5th – (ATL) Martin Prado two-run double for a 2-0 Braves lead, .272
6th – (WAS) Adam LaRoche fouled out with bases loaded, one out, -.118
6th – (WAS) Ian Desmond fielder’s choice out with bases loaded, two outs, -.117
8th – (WAS) Desmond grounded into inning-ending double play with two on, -.234
Kris Medlen had another outstanding game to push his scoreless streak to 21 innings. He has pitched consecutive shutouts with a combined total of 12 hits, one walk and 13 strikeouts over 16 innings.
Medlen induced 15 whiffs in this start, including five each on the curveball and changeup. The more he progresses with his breaking pitch, the more excited I get and the further he can go in a starting role. This was highlighted by Bryce Harper’s third at-bat. Medlen had gotten Harper with two weakly hit outs on changeups away in his first two plate appearances, and after throwing a 2-1 changeup away in his third at-bat, Medlen went 2-2 curveball inside, which Harper swung over the top of and missed. It was great sequencing and is a brief example of Medlen’s use of the curve.
Martin Prado broke through with two big doubles, while Jason Heyward tacked on two singles. Hopefully the timely hits will fall the Braves’ way as they hit the road to San Francisco.