The Atlanta Braves are still holding onto their first place record, but that will be even more difficult to sustain over the weekend now that all of their starting outfielders have been injured within 24 hours. B.J. Upton and Justin Upton both left Friday's 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field, all while Kris Medlen struggled with his command.
In the midst of Medlen giving up a three-run first inning, B.J. Upton left the game with a right adductor muscle strain after half diving attempt for a line drive that resulted in a Todd Frazier RBI-triple. Justin Upton followed suit by pulling up lame with a left calf strain in the left inning. This happened the day after Jason Heyward left Thursday's game with a strained hamstring.
Medlen, meanwhile, gave up four runs on nine hits in four-plus innings, attributing his lack of command to mechanics.
"It was the same mechanical issues I've really dealt with all year," Medlen said on braves.com. "I'm not giving up many hits with my changeup, it's been all my fastball with location and the same exact things I've been dealing with."
The Reds had already loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning when Brandon Phillips started the scoring with a two-run single. Two batters later, Frazier hit his liner at B.J. Upton, whose knee hit the turf and caught awkwardly.
Medlen was chased in the fifth inning when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs again. Alex Wood was extremely effective in relief as he retired 10 straight batters.
That all happened while Bronson Arroyo was mostly shutting down the Braves. He sat down the first eight batters he faced until Medlen provided the first Braves hit in the third inning. Brian McCann hit a solo shot off Arroyo in the seventh inning for the only run the Braves would score off him in seven innings.
Freddie Freeman showed why he belongs in the All-Star Game when facing Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. Chapman got two outs easily before walking Tyler Pastornicky, who took second base on defensive indifference. Freeman battled, fouling off two 1-2 pitches at over 100 miles per hour before lining an RBI-single to left field.
McCann would pop out one batter later to end the game.
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