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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Kris Medlen
By winning two of three against Washington to complete a successful homestand, the Atlanta Braves confirmed what already was obvious: The NL East race is over. The Braves just can't officially announce it.
Strange things transpire on baseball fields on October. Even by the standards of the month that creates baseball's legends and goats, what occurred Friday night under a shower of bottles and profanity and garbage at Turner Field was unusual.
A slow clap greeted Fredi Gonzalez after the Atlanta Braves manager finished his news conference Thursday afternoon. The manager's confused eyes darted to the source: a man, 5-foot-10 in spikes, leaning in the white cinder-block hallway wearing a flat-brimmed Braves cap pulled to his eyebrows.
After 162 games that earned baseball's best record, the Washington Nationals have to wait. Their National League Division Series opponent hinges on the outcome of Friday's wild card game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.
There was no true defining blow to mark the end of the Washington Nationals’ game Friday night, though it ended unceremoniously. No death knell that began to ring to mark where the game went from being tied, and possibly won, to a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was the little things.
Ross Detwiler lost command of his fastball, sending the Washington Nationals down the path toward a 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night at Nationals Park and reducing the Nats' lead in the National League East to six games.
Mired in an eight-game losing streak, the Atlanta Braves decided to shake things up before Tuesday night's game against St. Louis.
Previewing the National League.
Nearly an hour after one more loss in a historic collapse, Freddie Freeman walked through the Braves clubhouse still wearing his No. 5 uniform, as if he couldn't believe he'd be taking it off for the final time this year.
Nothing has come easy for the Braves, whose 25 final-at-bat victories are the most in baseball. So perhaps it was fitting the Braves were pushed to the last day of the season before claiming a postseason berth.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow.
"They just kind of forced me to throw it and I kind of developed it on my own," Medlen said. "It's just a bigger stage and people notice it a little bit better now, but it's pretty much identical to how I used to throw it."
"It's a light meal," he said in a serious voice, but couldn't keep it up. "I randomly needed something to eat, and I'm not going to eat fried chicken."