Atlanta Braves lookback: eight years ago today
Delgado gave up the baseball in the middle of the sixth inning after a strikeout, hit, and a walk. Kris Medlen came in from the bullpen to take over. This was a period of time before he became a full-time starter, but for sure: Medlen had himself a year – a 1.57 ERA over 138 innings that came after 50 games and 12 starts.
He did allow a single that inning to plate the Mets’ third run, but a strikeout ended that uprising.
Medlen then mowed through the Mets in the 7th and 8th innings: 6 up, 6 down with 2 groundouts, a popout, and 3 more K’s to his line.
The scoring ended with a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 8th by Baby Huey – Juan Francisco.
Eric O’Flaherty mopped up in the 9th for a resounding 9-3 Atlanta Braves victory.
It was also the first of 5 straight wins for Atlanta, all but last coming with beefy margins of victory and an average of over 10 runs per game.
These Braves didn’t really start getting traction until after a near-disastrous week+ near the end of May when they lost 8 in a row, but they finished with a 94-68 record.
That got them a Wild Card berth in 2012 … and an infamous meeting with the Cardinals that we still talk about today.
It was this game that got the team starting to believe in themselves. It took until the Summer before things really got cranking, but that’s what you get when there’s some streaky hitters involved.
That’s what happened on April 17, 2012: a lookback game as part of an impressive Braves season.