Fredi shook up the lineup, and it worked. Medlen went out there like a boss and won. Ho-hum, he sets a record for most consecutive wins by a team when one man is starting. Not the same as "wins" since you have to qualify for those, but I like any pitcher that can get a result. At this point, I think many of you feel the same as I do, he would be your choice for the one game playoff. As one of my buddies Ricky likes to say in emails, "All Medlen does is win!" We'd need that with everything on the line.
The Braves didn't really set the world on fire with runs in the first 8 innings. In fact, they only had two, but the way Medlen was rocking along that was enough. We didn't really crack the game open until the 9th inning when we put 3 on the Washington pen to make it 5-1. Let me say that I think taking McCann and Uggla out of the lineup made a huge difference. Rossy had a hit and a sacfly for a 1-3 day. Johnson went 1-4 with a leadoff single in the 4th. It should have scored a run, but Chipper rapped into a double play. The Braves still went 2-10 with RISP, but that's a lot better than the 1-6 we had in game, or the 14 men we left on base in game one. Atlanta only stranded 4 runners in game 3, with 9 hits and a walk. I hope to see more of this lineup until BMac or Uggla get right.
MVP goes to Medlen aka "The Bulldog" for his domination of the Nats lineup. He went 103 pitches over 7 shutout innings with only 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 7 batters during that stretch. Lucky sevens indeed! Medlen's now 5-1 on the season with a 1.86 ERA. In his last 32.2 innings, Medlen has given up 3 runs. That's a 0.83 ERA in 5 starts. Holy smokes. Toss in the fact he's got 29-5 strikeout-walk ratio? He's had every lineup on tile and is making pitches in the zone. The only downside is he wasn't ready to do this all season due to the Tommy John. I think he's stretched out now though. The chances of him ever going back to the pen after this run went from slim to none.
The Braves now have to jump on a jetliner out to the horrible west coast. We face the Giants for four games, two of which will be played with an EDT start of 10:30. I can tell you without a doubt I won't finish the game tonight at 2AM. I can tell you without a doubt, I will finish the Friday game because it's the weekend! Damn westies and their time zone changes. It's a conspiracy to keep people with real jobs in real states from watching OUR American past-time. Ispo-facto, it's obvious they are trying to keep us from loving America! HOW DARE THEY! That's why we should sweep them.