Atlanta Braves Continue Streak in Interleague Play
The Atlanta Braves continued their remarkable run to start the season on Tuesday, this time displaying their offense to the American League in an interleague matchup against the Kansas City Royals. After spotting their opponents a 2-1 lead through six innings, the Braves’ offense woke up and hit four home runs in the final two frames, completing a 6-3 comeback win.
Right-hander Kris Medlen was sharp once again, allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits through seven innings, but he did not figure in the decision. Reliever Eric O’Flaherty (3-0) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless eighth.
With five home runs in the game, the Braves continued to showcase their powerful offense. All of Tuesday’s homers were solo shots, with the contributors being usual suspects Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Dan Uggla, as well as platoon third baseman Juan Francisco, who went deep twice.
Atlanta is now 12-1 on the season, 4.5 games ahead of the heavily favored Washington Nationals, and their latest win marked the team’s tenth consecutive victory. On Wednesday afternoon, they’ll try to make it 11 in a row as the Braves and Royals go at it again at Turner Field. Atlanta will send 26-year-old Mike Minor (2-0, 0.69) to the hill. Kansas City will counter with off-season acquisition Wade Davis (1-0, 4.00 ERA), who will be making his third start with his new team.
(JM Catellier is the author of the book Fixing Baseball, a guide to restructuring the Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter: @FixingBaseball and Facebook, and check out his site: www.fixingbaseball.com)