That might've been the most boring series of the year, especially of the ones the Braves swept.
15 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs scored. After two games of little to no offense or excitement, the Braves and Indians matched up for another barn-burner tonight. One nice thing about tonight's game was Kris Medlen's continued good work. His curveball and changeup are much sharper than they were earlier in the season, and he's doing a better job of locating - further evidenced by his 7 innings, 6 strikeouts, and 0 walks tonight. As the playoffs approach and the playoff rotation options dwindle, it's good to see Medlen step up and look worthy of a spot.
Ubaldo Jimenez wasn't so bad, himself. He went 7 innings as well without walking a batter (shocker), but he struck out 10. I'll check this in the morning, but his velocity seemed to be well above his season averages as he was regularly in the mid-90s. With a sharp slider and a good split/change, he did an excellent job. It was definitely one of his best starts of the season. The only "mistake" he made was a slider that didn't quite get in far enough to Brian McCann, who waited on the pitch perfectly before wailing on it and sending it deep into the night. Otherwise, little happened to trouble Jimenez.
Other notable accomplishments. McCann added another hit as he seems to be getting back in the swing of things (pun), and Andrelton Simmons added two more doubles tonight. He seems to be taking a more direct path to the ball, but I'm not entirely sure about that.
Justin Upton added two singles of his own as he gets back on track, but his night was notable for another reason. Hit with a Jimenez fastball, Justin tried to stay in the game, but Fredi eventually pulled him in favor of putting Freddie Freeman into the game on his night off. Why Fredi put Freddie in is a bit of a head-scratcher, but they won the game so no big deal.
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