As bad as the offense has been of late, that is how good Mike Minor was tonight. In fact, Minor may have pitched the best game of his young career by taking a no-no into the seventh. I wasn’t watching when Jordan Pacheco led off the seventh with a hit, but I am sure Chip jinxed it somehow.
The Braves got on the board in the fourth when Chipper Jones singled and advanced to second on a Freddie Freeman walk. Brian McCann tried to hit into a double play, but Josh Rutledge threw the ball away and Chipper scored. Our new philosophy to score runs is; Get ‘em on, Get ‘em over, Get ’em to make an error.
It should be noted that Fredi brought Craig Kimbrel in with two outs in the eight with the winning run on base. We are hard on Fredi when he screws up, but he made the right call here. Kimbrel struck out four of the five batters he faced.
The Bucs and Nats won and the Cards lost, so this was a big win.