Medlen Finally Allows An Earned Run, But Braves Win 11-3 As Several Slumping Bats Come Alive

Brian McCann got nothing but high fives today.

Today was a renaissance day for some of the Braves' slumping hitters, as Dan Uggla and Brian McCann had huge days at the plate. Eric Hinske even got in on the fun, as the Braves' 3 coldest hitters over the last month carried the offense. Kris Medlen continued his fantastic work, holding the Mets to 2 runs over 6 innings.

Atlanta got on the board in the 2nd inning, when a Jose Constanza infield single scored Dan Uggla. The Braves really started to light up Hefner in the 3rd, as Freddie Freeman got things going with an RBI single. Two batters later, Brian McCann scorched a 2 run double to deep centerfield. Kris Medlen added insult to injury, lining an RBI double of his own over the head of center fielder Jordany Valdespin. Medlen's double chased Hefner, who last only 2.2 innings.

Brian McCann continued his out-of-the-blue hot hitting in the 5th, golfing a two run home run just over the right field wall. It was an impressive display of power from McCann, and gave him his 4th RBI on the day.

Kris Medlen continued his excellent pitching, but finally allowed earned runs. He gave up two to the Mets over 6 strong innings, walking 2 and fanning 3 in the process. He could have probably gone deeper into the game, but a rain delay cut short his start at the end of the 6th.

Atlanta would tack on more after the rain delay, as a Martin Prado RBI single and an Eric Hinske pinch hit solo home run would close out the Braves' scoring for the day.

In all, it was a banner day for an offense that has definitely struggled to score runs of late. The Braves finished with 11 runs on 17 hits, and every Braves starter (Medlen included!) had at least one hit on the day. The Braves coldest two regulars, McCann and Uggla, led the way. McCann was 4-5 on the evening with 3 runs and 4 RBI. He was also a triple short of the cycle. Uggla reached base all 5 times he came to the plate, with 3 singles and 2 walks. He also scored 3 times as well.

The Braves will go for the sweep tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

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