Another piece of what was supposed to be (and truthfully has been) a daunting Atlanta Braves starting rotation returned to the mound on Friday night, when Mike Minor made his first start of the season.
Minor, who had been rehabbing in the minors after experiencing shoulder discomfort, posted a 4.43 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings in his five rehab outings.
The 26-year-old lefty took the mount on Friday night against the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants, a team that has been exceptional at scoring runs this season.
Minor ended the night trailing 2-1 after six innings, but had a dazzling line against the Giants, only giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four. Both runs came on solo home runs by the Giants, with Angel Pagan homering to left to lead off the game, and then Michael Morse smacking a tater to right field with one out in the top of the sixth.
Entering his first start of the season, against a quality team like the Giants, and coming close to matching Tim Lincecum inning for inning, the Braves can’t be at all disappointed in what they saw from Minor.