Little has gone smoothly on the mound for Kris Medlen in this spring training, but Sunday things took a challenging turn of a different sort for the Braves pitcher.
In 30 mph winds with gusts considerably stronger, Medlen gave up eight hits and six runs in five innings of a 9-3 loss to Washington at Space Coast Stadium that was stopped after seven innings due to rain and a tornado warning.
“Overall just an uncomfortable day,” said Medlen, who had three strikeouts and two walks and threw 58 strikes in 89 pitches. “I wouldn’t say it was the worst (start he’s made this spring), because I think the last one was probably the worst. But just overall uncomfortable. Just windy, and they put some pretty good swings on the ball.”
Medlen allowed 14 hits and nine runs in five innings Monday against Philadelphia, making it 22 hits and 15 runs he’s surrendered in 10 innings over his past two Grapefruit League starts.
“I gave up nine runs and 14 hits and I felt way more comfortable than I did today,” Medlen said. “I felt like a couple of balls today could have been caught in the regular season.”
Medlen mentioned Denard Span’s bloop single to right and Danny Espinosa’s three-run homer with the wind to left as balls he believed would’ve been caught in normal conditions. Not that he was blaming the weather for his woes.
“When I needed to make a pitch I probably did it 50 percent of the time,” he said. “I jammed some guys, got some groundballs, but a couple snuck through. Just another one of those outings that I’m ready to forget. I’m so ready for the regular season, you have no idea. I have one more down here and I’m ready to go back to Atlanta.”
Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t put much stock in Sunday’s outing by Medlen.