The New York Mets had no answer for Mike Minor tonight, as the young Braves lefty shut down New York for 6.1 innings. Atlanta's offense didn't have much of an answer for Chris Young either, but were able to push across a pair of runs, which was one more than Minor and the Braves' bullpen would need.
After a lackluster offensive showing last night, the Braves wasted no time in getting on the board. In the first, Martin Prado sliced a one-out double down the right field line, and promptly took third on a pitch Chris Young threw over his catcher's head. A Jason Heyward groundout would score Prado and would be all the cushion Mike Minor would need.
Atlanta would notch one more run in the fifth inning, when Andrelton Simmons singled and scored on a two-out double by Martin Prado. Prado missed a home run by about a foot, and the double was his 93rd two-strike hit of the year, a remarkable statistic. Prado and Simmons each had a pair of hits, and combined for half of Atlanta's hits on the evening. Dan Uggla also added a pair and was the only other Brave to notch a multi-hit game.
As for Minor, there's not much to say about him other than that he was fantastic. He located all his pitches well and changed speeds effectively all night. Fredi pulled him in the 7th when he allowed a one-out double, but Chad Durbin and Luis Avilan stranded the runner. Minor's final line was 6.1 innings pitched, allowing only 3 hits and no walks while striking out 4. The win was his 11th of the year and brought his season ERA down to 4.12. For a pitcher who was sporting an ERA over 6 near midseason, it's been a stellar turnaround. Kudos to the Braves for sticking with him, and kudos to Minor for persevering and figuring things out. He, Medlen, and Hudson look to be a scary top 3 right now.