Barely a year since joining the Atlanta Braves starting rotation, Kris Medlen may be heading back to the bullpen after a rough season. His tribulations reared their head again when he gave up a three-run sixth in a 4-1 loss the New York Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field.
Medlen's start looked to begin well enough when he retired to the first six Mets he faced before running into trouble by giving up a lead-off double to Juan Lagares in the third. He was driven in by Mets starting pitcher Carlos Torres on a single.
That all fell apart in a rough sixth inning when Medlen gave up four hits that led to three Mets runs, including an RBI-double by Ike Davis and a run-scoring single by John Buck. After being yanked, David Carpenter allowed a sacrifice fly that was charged to Medlen.
Medlen is now 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA in his last three starts. Sunday may be his last start for a while with Alex Wood and Brandon Beachy nearing readiness at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Of course, it would have been nice for the Braves to support Medlen offensively. After Andrelton Simmons hit his third career lead-off homer, the Braves put no runs on Torres despite threatening in nearly every inning.
The Braves put together four hits and made outs with good contact on Torres through two innings, but they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
The lone hit the Braves had with a runner in scoring position came when Evan Gattis singled with two outs in the first. Jason Heyward was cut down at the plate for the final out of the inning.
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