Atlanta at San Diego

San Diego
W: K. Medlen (6-1) L: A. Werner (1-1)
S: C. Kimbrel (32)
HR: ATL - D. Uggla (16)   SD - None

Braves' Medlen extends scoreless streak wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Medlen has more than proved he belongs in the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

Medlen extended his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings by holding San Diego to five singles over eight innings and leading the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

Medlen, who moved into the rotation on July 31, allowed only five baserunners and erased two of them on pickoffs at first base. He struck out nine to tie his career high and walked none.

"He's terrific," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He does everything you want a starting pitcher to do and hopefully there's young players out there watching what he does. He gets the ball back and fires it. He throws strikes. He holds runners, he fields his position. He does a lot of stuff. He pitches like he's in the backyard. He's having fun and he goes after hitters and nothing fazes him. We're glad we have him in the rotation."

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Atlanta, the NL wild-card leader, ended the Padres' season-high eight-game winning streak.

Medlen (6-1) has not allowed a run since the second inning of a 9-3 victory against the New York Mets on Aug. 11. Five days after that, he threw his first complete game and shutout in a 6-0 victory against San Diego at Atlanta, allowing only five hits.

"It doesn't matter to me," said Medlen, who's from a Los Angeles suburb and pitched in front of about 25 friends and family members. "We're winning games and that's all that really matters. When you start worrying about stuff like that, that's when you start getting off your plan and off focus. I just want to stay focused and take it a start at a time, and whatever else cliche I can say."

Atlanta has won Medlen's last 17 starts dating to May 2010 and is 20-4 in his 24 career starts.

Medlen picked off Everth Cabrera in the second inning and Alexi Amarista in the sixth. Gonzalez said it had been a while since he'd seen a right-hander pick off two runners. Medlen said he made the adjustment after giving up some stolen bases in his last start after not even looking at runners.

"He works down in the zone, big time," San Diego's Yonder Alonso said. "He may have left up two or three pitches. Bottom line, we didn't get the big hits. He made it tough for us. It was very, very difficult."

Medlen "got us over there and he repeated it over here," Padres manager Bud Black said, referring to the victories against the Padres in both Atlanta and San Diego.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 chances.

Dan Uggla homered leading off the fifth, his 1,000th career hit, and Chipper Jones hit an RBI double in the first, both off Andrew Werner, who was making his second big league start.

Werner (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked none.

"The first inning I was up a bit," Werner said. "But then I settled down. The rest of the game went pretty smoothly except for that one pitch I left out there" on Uggla's homer.


  • A group that includes the sons and nephews of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley has closed its $800 million deal to buy the San Diego Padres. The team scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce the new owners. The sale was approved by major league owners on Aug. 16. The new ownership group includes O'Malley's sons, Kevin and Brian O'Malley, and nephews Peter and Tom Seidler. Golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diegan, also is involved with the group. He won't be at the news conference, though, as he's en route to the Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston.
  • The series concludes Wednesday afternoon when RHP Tommy Hanson (12-6, 4.40) is scheduled to start for Atlanta against LHP Eric Stults (4-2, 2.68)
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Make it 28 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings for Kris Medlen, who throws eight strong frames against the Padres. (AP)
Make it 28 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings for Kris Medlen, who throws eight strong frames against the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Medlen
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 9
San Diego

A. Werner
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 0
K 7

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Jason Heyward, RF4000023 .277
Chipper Jones, 3B4011013 .301
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000131 .267
Reed Johnson, LF3020000 .306
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Brian McCann, C4010022 .234
Dan Uggla, 2B4111033 .207
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    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Medlen in the 9th
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HR - Dan Uggla (16, Werner)
RBI - Chipper Jones (55), Dan Uggla (63)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (19)
SB - Martin Prado 2 (17, 3rd base off Werner/Baker, 2nd base off Layne/Baker)
CS - Reed Johnson (2, 2nd base by Werner/Baker)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
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Craig Kimbrel (S,32) 1100030 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 100-71, Craig Kimbrel 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 6-7
Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 27, Craig Kimbrel 4
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4020010 .241
Will Venable, RF4010021 .258
Chase Headley, 3B4010022 .276
Carlos Quentin, LF4000012 .263
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000020 .274
Logan Forsythe, 2B3010000 .266
Cameron Maybin, CF3000031 .228
John Baker, C3000001 .237
Andrew Werner, P1000000 .000
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    Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000010 .263
    Cory Burns, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Werner in the 6th
b-struck out for Layne in the 8th
SB - Everth Cabrera (25, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann)
PK - Everth Cabrera (3, Medlen), Alexi Amarista (1, Medlen)
Team LOB - 4
E - Yonder Alonso (10, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Andrew Werner (L,1-1) 6422071 3.00
Nick Vincent 1.1200020 2.92
Tommy Layne 0.2000020 0.00
Cory Burns 1100110 3.38
HBP - Bourn (by Andrew Werner)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Werner 92-59, Nick Vincent 24-17, Tommy Layne 8-6, Cory Burns 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Werner 9-2, Cory Burns 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Werner 23, Nick Vincent 6, Tommy Layne 2, Cory Burns 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20955
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons