Braves offense comes to life; Mike Minor shuts out Giants 5-0

Jason O. Watson

Mike Minor retired 16 hitters in a row in earning his first win of the year.

If the Braves offense could do this every game, that would be just dandy.

Mike Minor and three relievers combined to shut out the Giants, and Atlanta's bats showed how good they can be with a rare display of well-executed situational hitting, pounding out nine hits against the home team, four of them with runners in scoring position.

It's not everyday you can say Evan Gattis hit a triple, but that's exactly what happened in the fourth when he lined a run-scoring three-bagger into the right field alley off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.

With Jason Heyward at second and one out in the sixth, Freddie Freeman lined a sharp single to right. Hunter Pence came charging in and fired a strike to the plate; Heyward rounded third and was out by a mile, but Buster Posey somehow whiffed on the tag as Heyward slid in safely around him. B.J. Upton and Andrelton Simmons added RBI hits after a walk and a groundout.

Atlanta scored a fifth run in the seventh when the Giants failed to turn a double play. Tyler Pastornicky stood at third and Freddie Freeman hit what was sure to be a double play, but pitcher David Huff couldn't find first base; Freeman was initially called out, but replays clearly showed him to be safe.

Mike Minor retired 16 straight Giants following Hunter Pence's first-inning double, and departed with two outs in the seventh. He finished with six strikeouts. He and Freeman avoided a potentially tragic injury in the seventh shortly before Minor's departure. Pablo Sandoval's ground ball to Freeman kicked high in the air and when it came down, Minor was ready to field the throw but Freeman elected to slide into first. Minor jumped to avoid Freeman and only slightly rolled his left ankle when he landed, but didn't appear to be injured.

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Source: FanGraphs
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