This September ends on a high note.
The Braves took care of business this afternoon, beating the Mets and wild rookie Jenrry Mejia 6-2. In the process, they made Chipper Jones’s last regular season home game an emotional victory and Kris Medlen the first pitcher in major league history to start 23 wins in a row for the same team. Not a bad day’s work, all told.
David Ross opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd with a three-run home run, and the Braves for the most part never really looked back. They added a run in the 4th on a Heyward double, and two more in the 6th after an Uggla HBP, a Simmons triple, and a Bourn single. The six runs marked a nice change of pace from previous low-scoring efforts.
Not that they needed those runs, of course. Kris Medlen was on the mound. The only run the Mets scored off the 26-year old would be an unearned run in the 3rd, after a Freeman error. Otherwise Medlen was his normal, efficient self: 79 pitches, 6 innings, and a 4-1 K/BB ratio. The Mets added a meaningless run in the 9th off of Cory Gearrin—who absolutely should never face lefties, even in meaningless situations—but for some reason Fredi felt compelled to bring in Kimbrel to finish it off. Maybe he’s hoping the extra save will help Kimbrel’s Cy Young chances, though my guess is the man just hasn’t fully grasped the concept of leverage yet.
With today’s victory, Medlen now sits alone atop a list whose other names include, among others, Whitey Ford and Carl Hubbell. And that’s pretty damn cool. Chipper meanwhile finishes his last regular season home game a winner—in this, his 19th season overall. And that’s pretty damn cool too. Good for Medlen, good for Chipper, and good for the Braves for putting last September behind them.