September 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
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Game 3 vs. Marlins
The Marlins overtook the Braves in extra innings Tuesday as Jose Reyes blooped a single in the 10th off Cory Gearrin to win. Brian McCann provided the big hit in the ninth inning with a two-run double to tie the game.
The rubber game features Josh Johnson and Kris Medlen. I’ve written in Johnson’s past outings against the Braves that his slider isn’t biting quite as much as in previous years, and a 20.5% strikeout rate is slightly below his career average. But he’s maintaining a very good swinging strike rate and is keeping the ball in the park, resulting in a 3.81 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
After a human outing, Medlen returned to his magical ways against the Nationals last time out, striking out a career-high 13 while allowing one run over seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.62 while upping his strikeout percentage to 23%.
Braves.com recap for Tuesday’s loss.
AJC quotes following Tuesday’s loss. Fredi Gonzalez on Nathan Eovaldi: “He was throwing 97, 98 miles an hour in the eighth inning, and he was commanding all of his breaking pitches. He was tough. He made a pitch on Danny that was 2-2 pitch or a 3-2 pitch that was 98 on the black. No chance. And he did that all night.”
Paul Janish dislocated his shoulder in the ninth inning Tuesday while diving for a ball. He was forced to have someone pop it back in, while he said he usually can do it himself. But X-rays appeared clean and Janish was optimistic of returning soon.
Fredi remains hopeful Andrelton Simmons will return today, so it sounds like his jammed shoulder isn’t enough of an issue to keep him out more than a few days.
David Schoenfield tells us who is projected to start a potential wild card game for each team, with Kris Medlen lining up for the Braves, assuming all remains on track.