Kris Medlen won consecutive National League Pitcher of the Month awards in August and September and started the Braves’ Wild Card game in October. Yet he still felt familiar butterflies before an exhibition game Monday against the Marlins.
“I was nervous, but I did my whole routine -- peanut butter and honey (sandwich) relaxed me,” he said. “First time every spring, you just get the nerves, like, baseball’s back. Throwing bullpens and live (batting practice) is not really the same.”
Medlen was charged with two groundball hits in two scoreless innings of the Braves’ 7-6 win in his spring debut. He had two strikeouts with no walks and threw 19 strikes in 31 pitches.
Chris Coghlan started the game with a single through the right side of the infield. After Donovan Solano struck out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a hard grounder that bounced off second baseman Dan Uggla’s glove. That turned a potential double play into one out at second, and Joe Mahoney followed with a hit on a grounder that shortstop Tyler Pastornicky tried to bare-hand but didn’t pick cleanly.
Just an exhibition, but Medlen feels butterflies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 26