Ever-versatile Medlen celebrates base hit over first save

First major league save? Not that big a deal to Braves reliever Kris Medlen, who earned the honors with three innings to finish off Friday’s 6-1 win over the Pirates, which allowed Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel the night off.

Medlen was presented with the lineup card, which is sitting in the back of his locker, and the ball, which he tossed to a kid in the stands as he left the game.

“It’ll probably mean more to him than me,” Medlen said. “If I was a closer, I think it’d be a big deal. Obviously I’m happy about it, but I expect to do stuff like that when I’m put in situations.”

Now his base hit? That’s another matter altogether for the ever versatile pitcher and former switch-hitting college shortstop. Medlen collected the sixth hit of his major league career Friday after he got to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. He joked Saturday he’d be lobbying to pinch hit again, and manager Fredi Gonzalez might actually take him up on it.

Already short-handed on the bench with David Ross catching and trying to protect Matt Diaz as the emergency catcher, Gonzalez said he could see pinch-hitting Medlen in the sixth inning.

On Friday night, though, Gonzalez was rolling his eyes as he watched Medlen rub up his bat with pine tar in the on-deck circle.

“I said ‘Would you go on, get out there and get ready to hit,’” Gonzalez said. “’You better be able to hit after doing all that crap you’re doing.’ Sure enough he goes (whack) – base hit.”

Gonzalez said when Medlen got to first base, he looked into the dugout and tipped his cap at his manager.

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Big Lou

April 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

Joe for 3

April 28th, 2012
6:39 pm

Medlen and Livan will battle for pinch hitting opportunities.

Tera

April 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Love me some Medlen! Congrats on such an awesome game!

M

April 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Medlen jamming his finger up his nose during the National Anthem as the camera passed by was way funnier.

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

That is hilarious! Let’s not forget Hudson as a potential pinch hitter. He held the RBI record at Auburn.

count_schemula

April 28th, 2012
6:59 pm

If Medlen can pinch hit, remind me why Diaz is on this team?

Dawgdad (The Original)

April 28th, 2012
7:35 pm

Medlen is a winner. He needs to be in the starting five, which would give him more PH opportunities. Congratulations Kris on a save and a base hit.

Braves20

April 28th, 2012
8:31 pm

Delgado is no better than JJ. Maybe we could search and find a guy who could go out there and throw up some zeros. Oh wait, we have him. Guy by the name of Medlin. What has he not done pre or post surgery that makes the Braves believe he can’t get people out?

phil

April 28th, 2012
8:43 pm

Fire Braves20!!

why?

April 28th, 2012
9:17 pm

why always the braves struggling vs bad pitchers????

same history since 2 seasons ago……

sadly

rally monkey

April 28th, 2012
9:19 pm

TIME TO COMEBACK BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!

rally monkey : the new generation

April 28th, 2012
9:37 pm

ok 4-2 ,,,,three innings remaining ……. the game is still on tag…..

LETS GO BRAVES !!!!!!!

COMEBACK AND WIN IT

bravessssssssssssssssss

April 28th, 2012
10:15 pm

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bravessssssssssssssssss

April 28th, 2012
10:15 pm

COME ON BRAVES COMEBACK !

Ed

April 28th, 2012
10:29 pm

May I be the first to say “send Freddie Freeman to Gwinnett”. Swings the bat straight up and flails at everything.

Tampa Gator

April 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

Medlen needs to be in the rotation. I do not understand why he isn’t. Makes absolutely no sense that he is in the bullpen when the current 5th starter is obviously NOT ready to pitch in the major leagues….and the guy in the bullpen is an outstanding starter. Please explain…..Braves management.

Tampa Gator

April 28th, 2012
11:08 pm

Simple…..Send Delgado to Gwinnett. Bring up Carlise for experienced pitching out of the pen…and put Medlen in the rotation.

Tampa Gator

April 28th, 2012
11:08 pm

@Ed….

You are the first. And most likely will be the last to say that.

JNick

April 28th, 2012
11:26 pm

Bedard isn’t a bad pitcher – look at his numbers this year.

Also…I hope all the “we need a real SS” haters shut up for a while. I think Pastornicky is going to be just fine. Dude is a good ballplayer…

JNick

April 28th, 2012
11:30 pm

@Ed, congrats, you win….for most ridiculous comment of the night.

Every hitter has that one pitcher that gives them fits…and vice versa. Bedard is probably that guy for Freeman. He’s not going to go 4 for 4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI every night….

JNick

April 28th, 2012
11:42 pm

http://ext.sac.edu/academic_progs/exercise_science/football/baseball/2006%20HTML/teamcume.htm

Medlen was a pretty decent hitter in college. Probably 2nd best hitter on the team, overall…

Younger Than That Now

April 29th, 2012
1:14 am

April 28th, 2012 10:29pm Ed… “May I be the first to say “send Freddie Freeman to Gwinnett”. Swings the bat straight up and flails at everything.”

Are you speaking about the reigning National League Player of the Week… that Fredi Freeman?!? I’m very glad that you’re not the GM or the one making ANY decisions for the Braves!

GO BRAVES!

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