Kris Medlen didn’t have to think long for the last time he had a pitching line similar what he posted Monday against the Phillies.
“Never had an outing like that in my life,” said the Braves right-hander, who was charged with nine runs and 14 hits – yes, fourteen — in five innings, with no walks and four strikeouts in the Braves’ unusual 17-10 slugfest win at Champion Stadium.
Medlen has a 15-2 record and 2.81 ERA in 30 regular-season starts, including 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA in 12 starts last season after moving from the bullpen to the rotation at the end of July.
He allowed as many earned runs (nine) in five innings Monday as he gave up in 83-2/3 innings as a starter in the 2012 regular season.
As he noted, the hits and runs against him Monday “count” as much as the two singles he hit himself: Not at all. Spring-training games are glorified workouts, exhibitions in which a score is kept but results forgotten once Opening Day arrives, for all except some players competing for jobs.
That doesn’t make it any more pleasant to endure a shellacking the likes of which Medlen absorbed Monday. Neither did the fact that several hits were groundballs.