The Atlanta Braves completed a dominating three game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 3-1 win Thursday night at Turner Field.
The Braves gave up just three runs in three games, with today’s matchup headlined by seven scoreless innings from Kris Medlen. Medlen, after starting the year 4-10, has now improved his record to 11-12 with a 3.58 ERA. Craig Kimbrel closed it out with a scoreless ninth innings for his 43rd save this year.
All of the Braves’ offense came on a three-run blast by Brian McCann in the third inning off Ubaldo Jiminez, his 19th.
The Braves’ offense hasn’t been earth-shattering, as they did score just eight runs in the series themselves – but it was enough. They did get a scare in the fifth inning when Justin Upton was hit on the left hand with a pitch. Upton left the game and will sit out Friday’s opener against the Miami Marlins. With Jason Heyward already out until at least the last week of the regular season, the Braves may have caught a break when x-rays on Upton came up negative.
The Braves still enjoy a 13-game lead in the NL East over Washington. Their magic number to clinch the division is 17.
Kris Medlen improved to 11-12 on the year with another strong performance, tossing seven shutout innings. Medlen is 7-2 over his last 11 starts.
The Braves didn’t have a lot of offense tonight aside from one good innings. B. J. Upton slides into second on the front end of a double play here.
McCann 19th HR
Brian McCann was responsible for driving in all three of Atlanta’s runs with one swing of the bat – his 19th HR came in the 3rd inning off Ubaldo Jiminez.
Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits an eighth inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was Cleveland’s sole run of the night.
Justin Upton HBP
Justin Upton left in the fifth inning after getting hit by a pitch on the left wrist. X-rays were negative, and Upton is day-to-day with a contusion. He will sit out Friday’s game against Miami as a precaution.
Closer Craig Kimbrel came into the game for Atlanta in the ninth inning to hold a 3-1 lead down after David Carpenter gave up Cleveland’s lone run in the eighth…
…and Kimbrel did so easily, picking up his 43rd save in 46th chances with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to help the Braves keep their lead in the NL East at 13 games.