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.