The Braves salvaged a split in their two game set with the New York Mets by winning Tuesday night’s game 3-2. Kris Medlen got the start against Mets ace Johan Santana and really pitched an outstanding game. Santana pitched seven innings allowing only 5 hits and 2 earned runs both of which would come on a Troy Glaus 2 run home run that staked the Braves to an early 2-0 lead.
Medlen went 6.1 innings and allowed only 4 hits but two of them were solo home runs to Mets first baseman Ike Davis and former Brave Jeff Francouer.
It was an eventful ninth inning for both teams as Braves closer Billy Wagner worked his way out of a jam by striking out David Wright and Ike Davis with the go ahead run at third base.
Brian McCann led off the bottom of the ninth with a solid single for the Braves. Yunel Escobar was the next batter and after failing to get a sacrifice bunt down worked a walk out of new Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia. Melky Cabrera then stepped in and himself failed to get a bunt down but with two strikes hit a high infield chopper that David Wright fielded on the run and threw into the runner at first where Ike Davis couldn’t make a play. Pinch runner Brent Clevlen came home with the winning run for the Braves.
Again Kris Medlen has pitched outstanding in his first two starts for the injured Jair Jurrjens. Medlen is profiled in a write up over at Call to the Pen which is the general Baseball Blog on the FanSided Network.
The Braves are right back at it tonight at Turner Field as they open a series with the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. Kenshin Kawakami (0-6, 5.79) will be looking for his first win of the season and will be matched up against Reds pitcher Aaron Harang (2-5, 6.02).