Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor recorded seven strike outs in seven innings of work on Saturday as he helped lead his team to victory over the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 5-2. Minor also hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead, a surprise considering he’s hitting a woeful .086 this season.
Minor, now 9-4 on the year, hadn’t won a game in his last five starts. He started off slowly, throwing 51 pitches in the first two innings and giving up two runs in the second. Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker spoke after the game about his team’s inability to capitalize on Minor’s early struggles:
It’s disheartening to see it happening over and over again. (Minor) wasn’t sharp. We had him on the ropes and then we came out with nothing. His pitch count was high, then he settled down in the middle innings and was extremely tough on us.
The Braves were without star outfield players Jason Heyward, BJ Upton, and Justin Upton, but were able to secure big contributions from lesser-known guys. The three replacement outfielders (Jose Constanza, Reed Johnson, and rookie Joey Terdoslavich) combined for seven hits.
The Atlanta Braves are now 54-40 on the year. The Cincinnati Reds are now 52-42.