Kris Medlen allowed three runs -- one earned -- in seven innings as the Braves topped the Mets 5-3 on Wednesday.
Medlen bounced back from a loss his last time out to limit the Mets to just six hits in his seven innings. He also struck out seven while walking none, continuing a trend in his last six starts in which he has a 33:3 K:BB ratio. His performance of late is much more like the Medlen we saw in 2012 than it was earlier in the season. His next start is scheduled against the Royals in KC on Tuesday.
Francisco Lindor, the eighth overall selection from the 2011 draft, posted a very impressive first half to his season while being named to the Carolina League All-Star team.
The 19-year-old shortstop has certainly held his own during his first taste of High-A ball, hitting .300/.375/.400 with one homer, 23 RBI and 18 stolen bases while playing tremendous defense. He's still a few years away from making an impact for the Indians, but has given no reason to doubt his immense potential thus far.
Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Braves beat the Mets on Wednesday.
For as good as Johnson has been this year, the homer was surprisingly just his fourth on the year and first since May 13. The Braves recently dealt Johnson's handcuff, Juan Francisco, in what amounted to a vote of confidence in the 28-year-old. He's responded with a .319/.355/.463 line in 56 games.
Shaun Marcum fell to 0-9 as he allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Braves on Wednesday.
Marcum hasn't been as awful as his record would indicate, but he's now turned in two subpar starts in a row that have seen his ERA balloon from 4.96 to 5.76. Marcum's control failed him on Wednesday, as he walked a season-high four batters to go along with six hits allowed. At this point, it's not hard to see Marcum being the odd man out when Zack Wheeler arrives in New York for good.
B.J. Upton went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the Braves' win over the Mets on Wednesday.
June has been by far Upton's best month at the dish, as he now has more runs batted in this month (9) than he had in the first two months combined (8). He's hitting a modest .255 in 18 June games, but that, too, is a season high for a month. It's certainly been a first half to forget for the elder Upton, but he's capable of getting hot and producing in bunches at a moment's notice.
Athletics prospect Addison Russell hes started to heat up at High-A Stockton, going 15-for-34 (.441) with seven doubles and 12 runs scored over his last eight games.
Russell, the 11th overall selection in last June's draft, is hitting .249/.332/.467 with seven homers, 28 RBI and seven stolen bases through 55 games. While he boasts impressive raw power, he's still developing as a hitter and has already whiffed 67 times against 27 walks. He's still a few years away from contributing at the major league level.
Justin Masterson held the Royals to two runs over 6 1/3 frames in Wednesday's 6-3 victory.
Masterson struck out eight but wasn't overly sharp, as he allowed nine hits and walked a pair. Just one of the hits went for extra bases, though. Masterson now has nine victories and will bring a nice 3.48 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into next week's start in Baltimore.
Luis Mendoza yielded four runs on four hits and three walks over just five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
Things turned sour in a hurry for Mendoza, who held the Tribe hitless through the first four frames. Michael Brantley took him deep to lead off the fifth, and Mendoza allowed the first five batters to reach in the sixth before getting yanked. Mendoza has mostly pitched well of late but still sports a 4.30 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the season. He'll get the Braves at home next.