Braves 2, Marlins 1
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was more surprised than
concerned after Kris Medlen was hit by two line drives Wednesday
Medlen pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings, then left the Braves’
2-1 win over the Miami Marlins when he was hit by a line drive for
the second time.
”I’m surprised the balls hit him because usually he makes those
plays. He’s that good of an athlete,” Gonzalez said. ”I think we
dodged a bullet with him getting hit.”
Rob Brantly lined a single off Medlen’s left shoe with one out
in the fourth, and Casey Kotchman hit the right-hander’s pitching
arm in the fifth. Medlen was replaced for precautionary reasons by
”It’s tightening up a tad bit, but I don’t anticipate any
changes in scheduling,” said Medlen, who was hit on the back of
his triceps. ”It feels fine. Ready to go for next time.”
Brantly’s liner hit the tip of Medlen’s spikes before
ricocheting toward shortstop.
”I wear 10 1-2 shoes, but I wear 11 in cleats,” Medlen said.
”So it was nowhere near my foot.”
Medlen struck out three and 33 of his 49 pitches were strikes.
The balls off Medlen were the Marlins’ only hits.
”He was really sharp,” Gonzalez said.
Miami’s Chris Valaika led off the third by hitting a long fly to
left-center – much closer to center – where left fielder Justin
Upton tracked it down on the warning track while his brother,
center fielder B.J. Upton, watched.
”B.J. never saw it off the bat,” Gonzalez said. ”I told
Justin, in front of B.J., `We didn’t trade for you to play center
Freddie Freeman homered off Nathan Eovaldi leading off the
second, his third home run of spring training. Chris Johnson added
a tiebreaking single against Jonathan Albaladejo with two outs in
Eovaldi gave up three hits and struck out four in five
”Playing under the lights is just a different atmosphere,”
Eovaldi said. ”We’re so used to playing under the lights, so being
able to get out and get a start out there was nice. It was
Venters forced in a run in the sixth when he walked four
B.J. Upton had a single and double in three at-bats for the
Braves and is batting .429 (18 for 42).
NOTES: Miami used the designated hitter; Atlanta did not. …
The Marlins reassigned RHP Jose Fernandez and OF Jake Marisnick to
minor league camp. RHP Chris Hatcher was optioned to Triple-A New
Orleans (Pacific Coast League). Fernandez, Miami’s top prospect, is
expected to start the season at Double-A. ”He was very impressive.
His day will come,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. …
Gonzalez said Matt Kennelly probably won’t be able to catch
Thursday after developing a blood blister on a right-hand finger
when he was hit by a pitch while attempting to bunt. … Former NFL
coach Bill Parcells attended the game and stood near the batting
cage while each team took batting practice. ”He said he saw me
play Double-A at Portland,” Redmond said. … Marlins 1B Joe
Mahoney (oblique) was sidelined and in Redmond’s words, ”unable to
do anything.” Redmond said Mahoney would be evaluated again