Bloopers and Poor Defense Lead to Astros Beating Braves 10-4

Mike Minor was impressive in his big league debut, striking out five and walking one while allowing three earned runs over six innings. The Astros landed two bloop hits, a double by Carlos Lee and a single by Chris Johnson that led to the first two runs, followed by a Brett Wallace roping a double down the right field line. The other run scored while Minor was in the game was unearned, due to Alex Gonzalez making an error while attempting to field a ball to throw Hunter Pence out at home.

When Minor exited the game, the Braves seemed to have at least a good shot of winning. While the Astros have a solid back end of their bullpen, so do the Braves. Kyle Farnsworth brought back memories of 2005 as recorded just one out and allowed four earned runs to score. Peter Moylan relieved Farnsworth and didn't do much better, allowing two more hits and two more runs. The final blow came on a Chris Johnson single to left that Eric Hinkse fielded. Hinske fired home to try and get Pence at the plate but it was late. McCann tried to get Carlos Lee as he advanced to third but he made an errant throw that got all the way to the wall, allowing both Lee and Johnson to score. 

Offensively, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann both homered, their 12th and 16th respectively. It was Heyward's birthday, so it was nice to see him break out of his homerless streak on the same day he turned 21, making him just the fourth player in MLB history to do so. Chipper Jones added two hits and Gonzalez had an RBI double in the second. Minor nearly had an RBI single in the second inning as well, but he got thrown out at first by Pence in right field. 

Overall, this was a beyond forgettable game. This was one of the worst innings the Braves have had all season. Jair Jurrjens is on the mound tonight, and hopefully he can right the Braves ship and hand the ball over to Tommy Hanson with a chance to win the series on Wednesday.

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