It’s a great time to hate the Marlins right now, as long as you don’t mind kicking a man when he’s down. The Marlins are 16-33 since June 3, when they were tied with the Nationals for first place in the division; as a result, they punted their season by trading their third baseman, the greatest player in franchise history, as well as the starting second baseman and a starting pitcher; the Braves have outscored them 15-3 in the last two days; and for the second time in a week, the Braves beat Ricky Nolasco 7-1.
Kris Medlen really couldn’t have been better. He took just 57 pitches to get through five innings; he came out after a very long rain delay, but according to Medlen’s quotes after the game, Fredi had already decided that five innings was enough. Medlen allowed just three singles, a homer, and a walk, and other than that he basically dominated the Fish.
After Donnie Murphy drew first blood with a first-inning solo shot off Medlen, the Braves put up a three-spot in the bottom of the inning on three singles, two walks, and a balk. That made it 3-1, and everything else was just piling on. The Braves have now scored 14 runs off Nolasco in the 14 1/3 innings that he has pitched in three starts against us this year. You almost would wonder whether Uggla just gave the team a killer scouting report, but of course Dan went 0-4 again. He’s now batting .208.
The Braves had a balanced attack, as their 1-through-5 hitters, Bourn, Prado, Heyward, McCann, and Freeman, went a combined 9-for-24. But the truly unexpected offense came from Juan Francisco, who went 3-3 with a double, a two-run single, and an intentional walk (!), and Tyler Pastornicky, who hit a pinch homer. Read that again.
Gosh, I like Kris Medlen.
P.S. This will not be the game thread; Mac’s recap of Paul Maholm is going up in a few hours.