As of Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
JUPITER, Fla. -- Kris Medlen allowed the Miami Marlins just two hits Wednesday night in the Braves' 2-1 victory, but both literally left a mark.
The second so much so that the right-hander had to leave the Grapefruit League game one out short of completing the five innings he was scheduled to pitch.
Medlen was struck on his pitching arm by a liner up the middle off the bat of former Braves first baseman Casey Kotchman and had to leave the game in favor of Jonny Venters.
The only other Marlins hit off Medlen over his 4 scoreless innings also went off him. Rob Brantly's single in the fourth inning hit Medlen's left foot.
Except for being a target, Medlen had no trouble against the Marlins. He needed just 49 pitches to get 14 outs.
The Braves (11-9) won the game in the ninth inning on a RBI single by Chris Johnson.
Freddie Freeman hit his third homer of the spring for the Braves in the second inning off Miami starter Nate Eovaldi. But the Marlins tied the game in sixth when Venters walked four batters during a bout of lost control.
B.J. Upton was 2-for-3 with a double for the Braves, raising his spring average to .429.
Miami finished with just two hits, but got the potential tying run to third base with one out in the ninth thanks to a walk and an error.