Braves lefty Minor has another good day

JUPITER, Fla. — Braves starter Mike Minor continued his strong bid for a rotation spot with four scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 2-2, 10-inning tie against the Miami Marlins that ended Atlanta’s eight-game losing streak.

The left-hander allowed one hit and one walk with four strikeouts, throwing 35 strikes in 48 pitches to extend his scoreless streak to nine innings in three Grapefruit League starts.

“Not just because of the scoreboard, but I think that’d be my best outing,” Minor said, “just overall because of pitch sequences and locating strikes, working both sides of the plate.And I’ve always struggled against the Marlins, so that was good.”

Minor has a 6.46 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Marlins. On Tuesday against a lineup that was without Mike Stanton or Jose Reyes but had Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, he allowed a walk in the second inning (followed by a double-play grounder) and a one-out single in the third.

After the hit he retired the next two, Nick Green (flyout) and Scott Cousins (strikeout).

“Minor looked outstanding,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves have a 1-10-1 record. “Ten of 13 first-pitch strikes, command of all his pitches, threw the change-up to righty and lefty hitters. He looked really good.”

Minor has outpitched others competing for the fifth-starter job in the early going, prospects Julio Teheran (nine hits, eight runs, two walks in five innings) and Randall Delgado (five hits, six earned runs, three walks in four innings).

Minor has allowed five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in nine innings.

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JayV

March 13th, 2012
7:12 pm

DOB, what is the deal with so many first pitch swings? Is this a thing we are doing in ST or is it just hard for me to tell wathing mlb.com’s Gameday? Seems like we are not seeing many pitches…just going up there and hacking. Thre are so many ground ball outs and pop outs. Opposing pitchers don’t seem to be thorwoing that many pitches. Please tell us this isn’t what Walker thinks will actually work during the regular season.

JayV

March 13th, 2012
7:15 pm

Also, Minor does look like a bright spot and Prado just makes me smile.

Scorby911

March 13th, 2012
7:20 pm

Good call on the overaggressive first-pitch swinging. I was wondering the same thing!

Paddy

March 13th, 2012
7:23 pm

Swinging at the first pitch in ST means that they have a tee time later in the afternoon. It has been going on for decades! No problem!

phoo

March 13th, 2012
7:40 pm

How did Minor hit? We are going to need him big at the plate this year.

Les Weiss

March 13th, 2012
7:45 pm

JV–Gameday doesn’t register any pitches that don’t result in a walk, K or balls put in play. You will note that k’s and walks only count the balls in case of walks and strikes in the case of K’s. You have to disregard the pitch counts on Gameday.

Bob

March 13th, 2012
7:51 pm

Another 0 for 4 day for Pastornicky.

Andrelton Simmons

March 13th, 2012
7:58 pm

Thanks for the update Bob I am very happy today.

drbasic

March 13th, 2012
8:09 pm

Simmons will be the shortstop….pat not ready for prime time player….

bobby

March 13th, 2012
8:23 pm

What’s new about swinging at the first pitch? They did the same thing last year.

Tim

March 13th, 2012
8:26 pm

You guys do realize that the Braves have walked a ton during the spring? Gameday isn’t giving pitch-by-pitch details during the spring.

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

March 13th, 2012
10:05 pm

Glad to see Heygood has that NEW swing down pat. Was really killing that ball in the BP nets up at Turner Field. Now that he has to actually face real minor league pitchers, he is hitting .143. Another Komminsk/Frenchie. Soon to be traded to the Mutts for 2 class A players, if the Braves can talk the Mutts into giving them that second player.

Shane Sikes

March 14th, 2012
8:26 am

At least the Falcons will have their first round pick next year. Judging by the moves, we’ll get a pretty high pick.

old scout

March 14th, 2012
8:34 am

Don’t compare Heyward to “Frenchie”. Francouer is an established major league outfielder with a large new contract, coming off a very good year. Heyward hasn’t proven he can hit major league pitching and is not a great fielder.

JT Grace

March 14th, 2012
8:45 am

Heyward hasn’t proven he can hit major league pitching and is not a great fielder.

Um, you might want to rethink that. Jason was just ranked as the 2nd best defensive rightfielder in all of major league baseball by the Fielding Bible.

Also, from people I have talked to at Spring Training, the results don’t show it but he has been hitting the ball a lot harder than he did all of last season.

JT Grace

March 14th, 2012
8:47 am

Minor is looking more and more like he needs to be the opening day starter, rather than the #5 starter (just kidding).

Kentucky Brave

March 14th, 2012
9:40 am

Wow, a tie. Can you imagine the 90’s Braves being happy with a tie?

Pierre Chavez

March 14th, 2012
9:42 am

Frankly, I wish they were still the Milwaukee Braves.

FSURob

March 14th, 2012
10:19 am

Don’t you mean the lineup was without Giancarlo Stanton?

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Paul

March 14th, 2012
11:22 am

Kntucky, it’s ST. Ties happen all the time. Nobody cares.

Paul

March 14th, 2012
11:26 am

Eddie, scout: Heyward has posted 4.5 more fWAR over the last two seasons than Frenchy, but mostly because He had been relegated to backp duty wherever he played. Now he’s in KC which is about as stressful a playing environment as a room full of yarn is for a kitten.

Jay Dubu

March 14th, 2012
1:02 pm

Minor is already in gthe rotation, isn’t he? JJ, Hanson (if recovered from accident), Beachy, Minor, and one of young guns.

When Huddy comes back in early to mid May, someone will have to move.

The Braves really need some hitting. It doesn’t look well that after an off season of training, Chipper is experiencing soreness to the degree that has been reported. He may have to do a lot of pinch hitting this season.

Mitchell

March 15th, 2012
8:33 pm

2-12-1… can’t beat it!

Literally.

Mitchell

March 15th, 2012
8:43 pm

Actually 1-13-1 would beat it. 0-14-1 would beat it as well.

Too bad they’re not 0-15.

That would be fun.

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