Aug 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) reacts after being struck out by St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Atlanta 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

"It Comes Down To One or Two Pitches" Atlanta Braves Outdueled

Back to back loses to the, cover your kids ears, Fing St. Louis Cardinals!!  We can’t escape the blanket they cover us with.

In the first two games of a four game series with the Cards, the Braves have struggled to find that clutch hit they need.  In the first game on Thursday, the Braves totaled nine hits but could only cross the plate twice…with one run being a solo home run by Justin Upton.  Paul Maholm pitched decent in his return but gave up five runs off five hits to pick up his 10th defeat of the season.  In the second game, the Braves could only muster six hits while touching home plate just once….and that one time was our starting pitcher Kris Medlen!

Aug 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Medlen looks to be improving with his command of his pitches and I thought threw well last night.  The offense and Matt Holliday killed Medlen though.

After fouling off three two-strike pitches, Holliday eventually connected for a 432-foot blast.  It was his 17th homer and 20th go-ahead RBI of the year to put the Cards up 2-1.

“Once again, it comes down to one or two pitches,” said Medlen.  “Holliday is too good of a hitter to leave a pitch over the plate like that, especially in a tie game.”

Later in the game, Medlen had runners on the corners with no outs in the 6th but was removed from the game for Scott Downs.  After 78 pitches, Manager Fredi Gonzalez thought that was the end of Medlen’s night.

After the game though, Medlen seemed unhappy with his coaches decision…

“I got taken out with 78 pitches,” Medlen said.  “I was just starting to have to battle.  I didn’t have to battle yet.  But I wasn’t given the opportunity.  I guess I’m voicing the fact that I didn’t appreciate that.  I don’t know what kind of mentality we’re trying to create for our starters.  But I feel like I should be able to work out of some jams.”

Medlen went on to say…

“The manager is there to make decisions, and I felt he made it when he came out to the mound.  I don’t argue anything.  But you’d like to battle out of that and try to get a win.”

Downs only surrendered one run from that 6th inning but it was Medlen’s earned run, giving him three for the night and the lose as the Cards won 3-1.

“I felt like I was cruising pretty good….It was a tough night,” Medlen said.

The Braves are back at it at 7:15pm on Saturday when Shelby Miller takes on Atlanta’s Julio Teheran.  Braves must put these first two games behind them and try to tie the series.


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  • fireboss

    The Braves offense feasts on pitcher mistakes, Wainwright didn’t make any bad mistakes and those he made weren’t capitalized on.

    Meds should keep those feelings to himself, that’s an internal discussion between him and Fredi. I know he feels like he has to prove himself after a rough start to the year but he’s pitching well enough if the team supports him.
    Instead of galvanizing the team the Heyward injury released their insecurities and highlighted weaknesses. It’s time for Fredi to earn his managerial paycheck. and Wren to beef up a sagging bench.

    • cheadrick

      Well said. I think the loss of Jhey and now Beachy has been a mental blow to the Braves. They are down in the dumps and playing like it. What is key is for the four pitchers we do have (Minor, Teheran, Wood, and Meds) to get as much rest as they can. The hitting is going to wax and wain, and I think a hot August has been great, but while a hot September would be also great, it’s not needed except for some momentum heading toward the playoffs. I’m not panicky by any means, but we have to have some production from the bench, quality outings from our pitchers, stomach a few losses we’re GOING to have, and stay healthy.

      People will hate me for saying this, but I looked at this team (even minus the injuries) several months ago, and predicted then and stick to it – that while the Braves are good, they are not quite good enough to win a world series. I want to see a great run, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I say that as a fan who loves the Braves, heart and soul, equal to any one else I know.