Right fielder Jordan Schafer led the Braves with a career-high four hits, while left fielder Justin Upton, first baseman Freddie Freeman, catcher Brian McCann, third baseman Chris Johnson, center fielder B.J. Upton and shortstop Andrelton Simmons tallied two hits apiece, with Freeman notching five RBI and Simmons knocking in three runs.
Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen hopes to be backed by plenty of run support in game two of the three-game series on Tuesday, and if he continues the success he has enjoyed over his past six starts – which have seen him go 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA – then he’ll likely even his season record at 12-12 and push Atlanta to its eighth win in nine games.
The 27-year-old right-hander is trying to reestablish the ace status that he pitched himself to last season when he went 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA in 12 regular-season starts. And he’s well on his way to doing so, as evidenced by the aforementioned numbers.
New York, on the other hand, is reeling. Having gone 4-8 over its past 12 games, it will give the ball to Carlos Torres, who has been a reliever most of the season but looked sharp in a one-run, four-hit outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, a game the Mets won 11-3.
The Phillies are not the Braves, though, and Torres and Co. will realize that rather quickly.