As of Monday, March 18, 2013
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Kris Medlen's ERA jumped to 6.27 in spring games after Monday's rough outing.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Kris Medlen was named the National League Pitcher of the Month on back-to-back occasions last season.
But he wouldn’t win it for April — even if MLB did give out the award during spring training.
The Braves pulled out a 17-10 victory against bitter rival Philadelphia on Monday in a nationally televised spring training game on ESPN as Atlanta gave up 17 hits — 14 of those coming off Medlen. Atlanta jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning thanks to the first of two Justin Upton home runs, but Medlen came right back and surrendered five to the Phillies. Medlen allowed four more runs in the fifth as his ERA skyrocketed from 2.63 to 6.27.
Medlen was 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA after joining the Braves’ rotation last year,
Upton finished the day 3-for-3 with six RBI, ending a 2-for-22 funk he was in before going 5-for-5 with a walk in his last six appearances at the plate.
Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco also homered for Atlanta (14-11), which tallied with 19 hits. Francisco and Tyler Pastornicky each finished with three hits.