It was obvious from the very start that Kris Medlen didn’t have his best stuff on Tuesday night. However, that didn’t stop the right-hander from posting another win in the Atlanta Braves 11-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Medlen put himself in a tough position right away in the first inning. After recording the first two outs, Giancarlo Stanton worked his way on with a walk, and Logan Morrison followed with a home run to right field to give the Marlins an early 2-0 lead.
The usually economical Medlen continued to struggle but managed to work out of jams in both the second and third innings that saw runners at third with less than two outs. The Marlins also reached base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but only managed to score one run on a two-out RBI single by Greg Dobbs in the sixth.
He was taken out following the sixth inning after allowing three earned runs, nine hits and two walks while striking out just one batter. He didn’t record a single 1-2-3 inning, which forced him to constantly work from the stretch— not exactly a start Medlen would put on his highlight reel.
However, at the end of the night, Medlen recorded his third straight quality start and his fifth win in his last six starts to improve to 6-7 with a 3.11 ERA on the season.
These are the type of starts that oftentimes reveal how good a pitcher truly is. Over the course of a 162 season, you won’t have your best stuff each night. That was true for Medlen on Tuesday night, but he battled through it and found a way to win. A gritty performance like Tuesday night’s demonstrates why Medlen can be such a consistent and productive starter at the MLB level.