If baseball isn’t supposed to be overly emotional and “rah rah” doesn’t really have a place over the course of a 162-game grind then how to explain the Braves’ weekend sweep over St. Louis?
After watching their ace go down with a gruesome ankle fracture all that awaited the Braves this weekend in Atlanta was season-ending surgery for Tim Hudson and three games against the team with the best record — and statistically the best lineup — in the National League.
Call it a rally cry dominant pitching or a little of both but the Braves took out the Cardinals again Sunday 5-2 to complete the three-game sweep.

Kris Medlen who might have been headed for the bullpen if not for Hudson’s injury pitched his best game in more than a month the Braves lineup beat the Cardinals at small ball the Braves’ defense played one of its best games of the year and the back of the Braves bullpen took care of the rest.

The Braves held the Cardinals to three runs in three games overall.
“Obviously we have confidence going in that we can control their lineup” Medlen said. “But knowing the kind of lineup that they have and how good of a team they have – I’m trying to avoid saying we were surprised that they only scored three runs this series – but I just think it’s how good we are as a staff. And the bullpen has done a great job when we’ve come out of the game too. Mike and Julio led the way and I just wanted to continue that.”

Asking Medlen to dominate the Cardinals like Mike Minor and Julio Teheran had in the first two games of the series — allowing one run in 14 innings — was a tall order but the Braves made good use of what became a draw between him and the Cardinals’ young Shelby Miller.

Medlen shut out the Cardinals for four innings before he lost a two-run lead in the fifth and ultimately left game tied 2-2. But Joey Terdoslavich pinch hitting in Medlen’s spot in the sixth gave the Braves the lead back with the first RBI of his career.