Minor returns to mound; Chipper on fan interference

Minor back in action today for Braves

Minor back in action today for Braves

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien)

PittsburghMike Minor gets the start today against the Pirates, and his first start in the majors since he made a spot start for Jair Jurrjens on April 6 in Milwaukee.

Minor gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss that day, looking a lot like an unsure rookie. He basically admitted afterward he battled some nerves, and it showed in his control – he walked the first three Brewers batters on 14 pitches. He was actually lucky the game wasn’t much, much worse.

Minor is a refreshingly honest guy and it showed up in some comments he made to DOB after that game.

“I just wanted to throw strikes right away, and I felt like I was kind of just babying it,” Minor said. “(I was thinking) ‘Throw a strike, throw a strike. And it just kept going on and on, ball ball ball ball. I guess it kind of scared me a little bit. I felt like I had the yips out there. I couldn’t throw the ball for a strike. I didn’t know where to go from there.”

He gets a clean slate today in place of Tim Hudson, who was skipped to give him some time to recover from back stiffness he suffered Friday night in Anaheim. Hudson is already playing catch and feeling better and on target to return Monday against the Padres.

Minor is scheduled to get another start Tuesday against the Padres, this time in place of Brandon Beachy, who is on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

Since that start in Milwaukee, Minor has gone 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA in Triple-A Gwinnett. He gave up 10 hits and four runs in his last outing but settled down after a rocky start to pitch eight innings. He’d allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his six starts prior to that.

Chipper’s take on fan interference

As upset as many of you were about the run the Braves lost last night on a fan interference call, and the umpires ruling that Martin Prado had to stop at third base on a ground rule double, Chipper Jones wasn’t exactly pleased about it either.

Here was his take on it this morning.

“It was a good play by (the Pirates fan) because it saved his team a run,” Jones said. “Everybody in the ballpark knew that Prado was going to score, especially with two outs. But there’s nothing really you can do.”

Chipper wasn't smiling like this last night

Chipper wasn't smiling like this last night

Jones said the umpires told him Prado was barely around second base when the fan caught the ball in his hat. They went in to check the replay, but they couldn’t use it to see where Prado was on the bases, just whether the ball was over the fence when the fan interfered with it.

We spoke to Jeff Kellogg and his umpiring crew briefly this morning before the game and he confirmed that the umpires used replay simply to rule home run vs. double.

“It had fallen right down in his arm,” Tim Timmons said of the fan. “I thought it might have been above the fence.”

But whether the runners scores is up to the umpires’ discretion, a gray area Jones for one doesn’t appreciate.

“Doesn’t matter if a guy was stealing, doesn’t matter if there were two outs and the guy would have scored regardless,” Jones said. “I think there’s a lot of gray area with that rule right there. You take 100 balls that are hit into the gap with a (leadoff) guy on first and two outs for a double, 90-95 are going to score.”

The way it played out, it would seem fans would have incentive to interfere and help their team, a concept Jones agreed with.

“The only way to get them to leave the ball alone is to punish them,” Jones said. “And that’s what I was thinking: maybe these guys are going to make a point right here and say we’ll teach them a lesson. One of (the Pirates) fans reaches over and catches a ball, we’ll make it cost them a run. Then (Pirates manager) Clint Hurdle would have gone absolutely irate, got thrown out of the game, appealed to MLB and they’d be going through a big ol’ stink.”

As it was, no RBI, no stink. From what I’m told, the fan was escorted from his seat and the ballpark by security. The Braves won 2-0 won without that extra run. Let’s just hope Jones isn’t sitting on 99 RBIs at the end of the year.

Braves Lineup

Prado gets his first day off this season Wednesday. He fouled a ball off his foot last night that barked pretty good but he stayed in the game. He said this morning he’s not sitting because of a specific injury. Former Brave Matt Diaz is in the Pirates lineup today against lefty Minor. He’s batting sixth and playing right field.

1. Schafer CF

2. Gonzalez SS

3. Jones 3B

4. McCann C

5. Hinske LF

6. Uggla 2B

7. Freeman 1B

8. Mather RF

9. Minor LF

Oh, and someone on the blog or twitter asked about Chipper Jones getting on Jair Jurrjens about something last night. I asked and it was actually about a miscommunication on the infield on a bunt play. It was on the fifth inning bunt play – a pop-up off the bat of Charlie Morton – that Chipper made a diving play on to keep runners first and second in a key sequence.

“I called the wrong bunt play and I jumped all over Jair after the play was over, and I was the one who got it wrong,” said Jones. “I thought we had put on the pick-off play and we actually put the wheel play on. So if I’d been where I should have been, I would have made that play standing up.”

Back in the dugout, Jones found out Jurrjens was right; they had put on the wheel play. The best he could do was offer Jurrjens a big bear hug.

3,023 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly

May 25th, 2011
12:10 pm

We went right out there and refused to play accoustical versions of the electrical songs we refused to record in the first place…then we smashed our ####.

Bat Masterson

May 25th, 2011
12:13 pm

I’m resting some of the regulars today with the game being so early… today’s blog starting 9 are:

1. Brian from SC
2. cricket
3. McFann
4. ncscoots
5. Ward
6. Ease
7. AT
8. Bayou Brave
9. Shaun
_ Murph

Hum, no cab in the line up. Looks like she is spending a little time in the doghouse for a change.

MatthewH

May 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

Good to see Chipper man-up and admit it was his fault on the bunt.

Sopheee

May 25th, 2011
12:14 pm

Thanks Carroll!

Bayou Brave

May 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

That starting lineup is a bit different from Opening Day.

Jerry

May 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

Got my answer and am glad to see Schafer starting again. Also glad to see that Uggly has dropped from 5th to 6th in the lineup.

T for Texas

May 25th, 2011
12:15 pm

Thanks for the new read, Carroll.

CrαZy

May 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

Murph
Didn’t Shaun pitch yesterday? Or is this a Tony Larussa type lineup?

Mixxo

May 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

My entire baseball career, I’ve hit in the 3-6 holes. Mostly at clean-up.

Thanks for the day off.

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2011
12:17 pm

Bat Masterson

Murph’s just mad at me for making him spend the night with noleee :D

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:18 pm

I need to make a public apology. I stated yesterday that the Pirates ddn’t have a lefty in their ‘pen. The roster I was looking at (CBSSPorts.com) listed them all as righties, but had an * next Biebel’s name with an explaination, in small type, at the bottom. I overlooked it.

Then, watching the game, here comes a lefty. I felt like Shaun.

Anyway…let’s get some runs early and help Minor relax.

Braveone

May 25th, 2011
12:18 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,487 comments, cabravesfan led the way with 78 posts. There were 183 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 cabravesfan 78
2 noleee 70
3 Tomahawkin 49
4 Powder Blue 44
5 Sopheee 41
6 bravesgrl4life 41
7 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 35
8 cricket 35
9 Snotboogie 34
10 Ease® 29
11 Murph 28
12 ncscoots 28
13 Bat Masterson 26
14 LTBF 26
15 CaptainMudderland 25
16 Jerry 25
17 VaBravesFan 25
18 MIBraveeesFan 22
19 Tom O’Hawke 22
20 RC 21
21 jeffrey d 21
22 BFChris26 20
23 Tomas 20
24 Brava 18
25 phil 18

ToddH

May 25th, 2011
12:19 pm

Minor is playing left field?

Hinske Da Man

May 25th, 2011
12:20 pm

Nice to see Prado get a day off. I know he is the spark to this offense, but they guy deserves a day off. Hopefully Minor can pitch good enough to not lose the game, and the Braves offense can do the rest. I don’t think Minor is good enough at this point to go out and beat a MLB team, I just hope he has enough to not get hammered by a MLB team. Oh and one other thing Minor, THROW STRIKES THIS TIME!!!!!!!

Bat Masterson

May 25th, 2011
12:20 pm

cab_

So Murph’s in your doghouse and you are in his. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:20 pm

Bat Masterson

May 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

Nice blog Carroll.

I recall a comment from last hight that JJ was giving Chipper a hug after the bunt play, looks like it was the other way around.

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

I am sad. Bulls lost, looks like LaBron will go all the way[UGG]

GT Alum

May 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

Yeah, I think that’s been the complaint about the fan interference rule for a while. The fan loses his seat, but they can still help their team win a game.

It’s a good thing the Bucs didn’t make a comeback last night, or Chipper would’ve really been livid.

Moe Berg

May 25th, 2011
12:23 pm

Just saw that the Red Sox put up a 7-run top of the 1st against Cleveland. That has to relieve some pressure from a pitcher–7-run lead before even taking the mound.

brian

May 25th, 2011
12:23 pm

nice lineup – let’s do some damage and let Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen rest

Bark Madley

May 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

Hillbilly — I suspect Todd Snider references are lost on Carroll.

anotherbrave

May 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

So Hinske and Minor are both playing left field?

CrαZy

May 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

Let’s just hope Jones isn’t sitting on 99 RBIs at the end of the year.

I think we’ll all be happy if he can get to 99 RBI’s for the season, But I know what Carroll was trying to say.

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

Ok outta here for a while, back before the game. Have a good afternoon y’ll.

jonathan Simeone

May 25th, 2011
12:26 pm

I like batting a guy second who doesn’t get on base. Gonzalez is simply not a good hitter.

DAP

May 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

Let’s just hope Jones isn’t sitting on 99 RBIs at the end of the year.

not sure if i can co-sign that one, carroll! :- )

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

Lets go Braves!!!!!!!!!

Game is in 4 mins!!!!!!!!!!

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

Reid Adair

May 25th, 2011
12:28 pm

The fan was NOT escorted from his seat and the ballpark. You could clearly see him in a shot on TV an inning or so later.

That’s the biggest shame of it all. The Pirates organization is basically encouraging behavior like that.

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

Bat-

He just needs to understand that I have led the blog the last two times and he STILL refuses to put me in the line up :D He’ll get it right eventually…

Murph

May 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

c’mon people, time to get your game faces on. Tip off is in 10 minutes, and you bunch of sorry sacks are commenting like you’re half asleep! Huddle up, skate hard, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t drop the ball. I’m expecting a much better game than we had yesterday, so, get out there, and give ‘em hell!

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

The only thing that can be looked at during a review is homerun or not. I knew when they went in to look at it, that’s all that could be overturned.

Now, the umps could have got together and asked if anyone had a good view on where Prado was…but they didn’t.

Lemmer on the radio – “Catching and batting fourth is the catcher, Brian McCann.”

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

DAP 12:27
Before I go. DAP You don’t want Chipper to get 99 RBIs?

Hillbilly

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Bark Madley, it drew your attention, so I consider it a success.

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

Bobby would have gotten tossed on the fan interference call. No harm no foul as long as we won the game. I hope Chipper is sitting on 99 rbi at season end. Go Braves

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:31 pm

cab 12:29
I was 4th last blog. He does not want me. ha ha

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

Funny how Chipper thinks that the Pirate’s manager would have “went ballistic”, and been ejected.
But Fredi G. goes out there, and just shakes his head.

Murph

May 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

cab, Rickie Weeks led the NL in AB’s last year while hitting .269… so… yeah.

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

What this is a afternoon game?

Sopheee

May 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Hi MattE.

Good stuff, Schauffeurre

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Has Freddie ever been ejected from a game?
I kinda doubt it. He is too calm.

Schafer leading off. Come on Jordie! Come on Kid!

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

The blog is acting like the Gwinnett police and always getting on to me about slowing down…..Sometimes I got 2 things to say but they are on different topics

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:35 pm

Yup it is, GO BRAVES!

DAP

May 25th, 2011
12:36 pm

mark lemke is pretty good on the radio, as long as he isnt reading anything.

JR

May 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

Where is the answer to “Why the hell was Schaeffer’s helmet so damn big?”

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

LAG

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

Good stick, JS.

LTBF

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

Outta here, I don’t post during games.

Jerry

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

That’s my boy! Schafer with his first hit. Nice drive

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

Jimmy, when you say come on kid and jordie….it reminds me of bobby cox

cs95

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

carroll, I could be wrong but I think most parks are required to remove the fan from the ballpark if he interferes on a ball by reaching onto the field if play. At least it’s like that at san fran and a few other places.

cabravesfan

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

Come on Murph! You know I’m better than Ricky Weeks!!! :D

Mixxo

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

Attaboy Jordan!

bruce

May 25th, 2011
12:38 pm

I knew Matt and Jordan were friends…!!

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

Way to go Schafer

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

DAP – yeah, Lemmer was reading it. I found it funny.

There you go Jordie.

Does he have a helmet that fits today?? Anybody?

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

It fit in 2009..Braves to cheap to buy one..
got a break from Diaz…we’ll take it

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:39 pm

Bat boys helmet? What!!!!!!!

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

Almost a run.

Mixxo

May 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

Little FLAIR!

CrαZy

May 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

Murph
I see that Shaun is in the lineup. Are you sure he even knows which way it is to 1B?

Skeezix

May 25th, 2011
12:40 pm

J.J. was great last night. I thought Fredi should have argued more with the umps when they decided that Prado wouldn’t have scored (what a BS call). I suspect Bobby would have blown his stack and got thrown out. Schafer is faster than I remembered — we could use some speed in this line up, so I hope that he gets some hits and can stay in there.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Murph whatever do you mean?

:smirk:

Nice start, guys!

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

A Ric Flair to right.. Woooo! Good start!

anotherbrave

May 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

I agree with Chipper. Umps should not reward a team for fan interference. Reminds me of a softball game I played in where one of the players on the other team, which had a one run lead, called time so one of their players could sit down in the field and remove his shoe. It was obvious it was only a delay ploy so the time limit rule would come into play. And sure enough, even though we pointed out to the umpires when it happened, we were not allowed to play the last inning.

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

come on chipper. get that extra rbi here

LAG

May 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Evidently, posting comments 3 minutes apart is too fast for Wordpress.

MatthewH

May 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

JR-It was explained in the post game comments blog.
(The Braves did not have a helmet small enough for Schafer in Pittsburgh, so he had to wear his oversized S100 helmet from Gwinnett during Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh. The larger, double ear-flapped helmets are mandatory now in the minor leagues.)

bravesgrl4life

May 25th, 2011
12:43 pm

Mac’s making him work, for sure.

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

no outs 2 on..need to score afew now to let MINOR relax and pitch his game.

GT Alum

May 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

Bats off to a good start. Finding some holes.

bravesgrl4life

May 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

jeffrey d

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Thanks for the blog, Carroll!

Mixxo

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Lovin’ this.

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

CHIPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!

LAG

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Can we “1st-to-3rd them to death” in the first inning?

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Jimmy he’s got the bat boys helmet…..what they said on TV awhile ago.

bravesgrl4life

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

Stupid timewarp,

And dang it :mad:

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:45 pm

timthebrave – Yeah, that’s why I do it now and again.

THIS BLOG needs some serious maintenance. Like LAG, I get that slow down stuff, and the timestamp of the comments is out of wack.

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Come one mac join the hit parade

Tomahawk Mafia

May 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Crap, another promising inning ends with a poor fundamental atbat by Mac and a double play.

BFChris26

May 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Jimmy

May 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Anyone watching…..does Schafer have a regular helmet today?

phil

May 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Minorleague returns to the mound….is he scared this time?

richie_rich1986

May 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Now that’s the way you manifacture runs in the first inning!!! Atta boy chip for bring one in! Having to watch the Pirates broadcast on MLB extra Innings and they have been having a disscussion for the whole time since chipper has been up about weather or not he’s a future HOF. Really is there any need to disscuss that? It’s a sure deal.

NO MORE BOBBY

May 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Imagine the Braves with no starting pitching. Scary.
Now imagine the Braves with any kind of offense. Scary!

Can we let the old prospector batting coach go and hire Milt Thompson. I’m sure he would love some revenge on the Philles.

LAG

May 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Jimmy – No, Schafer still has the huge helmet.

phil

May 25th, 2011
12:48 pm

Richie – I’ve talked about Chipper being an HOFer all year…..i’m telling you, many out there don’t think he is….we all know he is but some of the ESPNers, etc, etc don’t.

It’s gonna be tough for him to get in, period….

Sopheee

May 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

Hinske needs to get that 2nd run in

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

The question should be if he’s a first ballot HOFer. His numbers are there, his longevity, he played on championship/playoff teams. There’s no question he’s a HOFer.

richie_rich1986

May 25th, 2011
12:50 pm

No More Bobby,

I would really like to get Milt Thompson in Atlanta. I think he’s a good coach still don’t know why the phillies let him go.

timthebrave

May 25th, 2011
12:50 pm

that was terrible

phil

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

McFat pops to short…way to get it done.

Bayou Brave

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

Schafer showing the Braves some leadoff skills…

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

I answered Jimmy at 12:48 and it shows up before Jimmy ever ask question.@12:45..I’m out of here..good Braves.

phil

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

Heavy Hinske beginning to slump now…nice DP.

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