May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 8/14

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Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves KO Philadelphia Phillies

Aug 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Medlen continued his late-season surge by winning his fourth straight start, Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Tuesday night.

Medlen (10-10) appeared to be in danger of being sent to the bullpen one month ago. In late July, Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken right ankle and Paul Maholm went on the 15-day DL with a bruised left wrist.

Though Maholm may be only one minor league rehab start away from coming off the disabled list, Medlen’s spot in the rotation appears more secure. He left after walking Erik Kratz to open the eighth, getting a standing ovation after allowing one run on five hits in seven innings.

After David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth, Craig Kimbrel earned his 37th save by recording the final three outs.



USA Today

Family of Braves fan that died from fall ‘probably’ will talk to lawyer

The father of a spectator who fell to his death at an Atlanta Braves game Monday night said “he was as good a boy as you could ever hope for.”

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said 30-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga., died of his injuries from a 65-foot fall at Turner Field.

“He went up there to smoke a cigarette,” Ronald Homer Sr. said Tuesday morning in a phone interview. “He was 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7, and those railings where he was are not tall enough; they are not tall enough for being that high up and that dangerous.”

“This is not going to be the end of this,” said Homer Sr., who added he and his wife, Connie, have considered talking with a lawyer about the incident.

“They need to fix that. That’s a flaw in engineering,” Homer Sr. said. “I don’t care if we don’t get a nickel, no one should go through what his mother and I are going through right now.”


Gwinnett Daily Post

Sims climbs to No. 1 on Braves prospect list

Lucas Sims has had a very promising first full season in the minors. To gauge how impressive, you just have to check the prospect rankings.

The Brookwood graduate vaulted to the No. 1 spot on the Braves list when the rankings were updated after the all-star break and he moved into the Top 100 overall at No. 97.

That’s quite a rise for the No. 21 pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, but the 19-year-old showed how far he has come in his last start for Class A Rome at Charleston on Thursday.

Sims won his fourth straight outing, going seven innings while allowing just five base runners and striking out nine.

“He’s doing very well and we’re happy with his progress,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.


Rant Sports

Justin Upton Ends Man’s BTS Hitting Streak, Invites Him To Atlanta Braves Game

Upton’s girlfriend had actually been following the BTS competition and saw that the leader had unsuccessfully chosen Upton. She told him and as soon as he found out, Upton was disappointed to have let the man down. He even said that he felt terrible about it. So the outfielder decided to reach out to the man and offer him tickets to a game and a chance to meet the Braves’ young superstar.

He didn’t have to do any of it. After all, BTS is just a game and one that Bryan chose to play knowing the chances of victory were slim.

But the fact that Upton did what he did just shows what a class act he really is. Bryan was an unknown police officer from Atlanta, but now he is a man that gets to meet one of his favorite team’s players just for spending 15 seconds a day picking which players might get a hit during a baseball game.

Pretty cool.



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