Minor Halts Braves Skid

Mike Minor Braves Ace

Minor was the Braves stopper Sunday afternoon

Unlikely heroes led the Atlanta Braves past the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.  The 5-2 win by the Braves allowed them to avoid a series sweep in St. Louis.

The Braves were without most of their regulars on Sunday.  The Braves had Gerald Laird catching, Elliot Johnson playing 2nd, Paul Janish at 3rd, and both Jordan Schafer and Joey Terdoslavich in the outfield.

The Braves wasted no time getting runs off Cardinals starter, Lance Lynn.  After a lead off triple by Jordan Schafer, Elliot Johnson singled to center as the Braves grabbed an early 1-0 lead.

The Braves added 2 more runs off Lynn in the 2nd.  Paul Janish singled to right field to score Gerald Laird for the 1st run of the inning.  Jordan Schafer then doubled to deep left field off Lynn.  It looked like this could be a triple for Schafer, until the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double.  However, his double still scored Terdoslavich and put the Braves up 3-0.

The Cardinals finally got on the board in the 6th inning.  A ground out from Matt Holiday allowed Matt Carpenter to come across for the Cardinals 1st run.

The Braves and Cardinals then traded runs in the 8th inning.  Gerald Laird got the RBI for the Braves in the 8th.  His sacrifice fly scored Elliot Johnson to make it 5-1.

The Cardinals added their run off an Allen Craig single to center.  Matt Holliday scored making it a 5-2 score.

The 3 run lead, paved the way for a Craig Kimbrel save.  The 4 out save from Kimbrel is his 41st of the season.

Mike Minor was a huge part of stopping the Braves losing skid.  He only gave up 1 ER in 7 innings pitched.  He only recorded 2 strikeouts but did a great job getting the Cardinals to hit weak fly balls.  He has become the ace of the staff, and showed why on Sunday afternoon.

Game MVP:

Jordan Schafer: 2-4, R, 3B, 2B, and RBI

Schafer did exactly what leadoff batters are supposed to do, get on base. The Braves are going to need this day in and day out as Schafer tries to fill Heyward’s spot in the lineup.

Elliot Johnson and Joey Terdoslavich had great days at the plate as well.  Both finished the game with 2 hits. Johnson was 2-4, while Terdoslavich was 2-3. They both also scored a run on Sunday.

The Braves will have a much-needed off day on Monday, before the Cleveland Indians head to Turner Field.  The Braves will need to have a better showing if they want to continue to set pace with the NL best record.

On Tuesday night, Alex Wood (2-2, 2.50) will be taking on Danny Salazar (1-1, 3.52).

  • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

    Good article, C.J. and nice win for the Braves!

  • DTJ

    Minor played the role of stopper today perfectly. Very nice showing by the bench players today as well at the plate. I enjoyed seeing Schafer break out a little as well as Janish. Laird giving some MUCH needed offense from behind the plate. Love that guy’s approach at the plate. Nice to see a Braves win against a very good Cardinals team.

    • DTJ

      Almost forgot… the Nats lost too. Woo hoo!

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      The “bomber squad” as Fredi calls them, has been good all year. The faces have changed due to all the injuries, but whomever Fredi has put out there in the day games after night games, has played well.

  • rogerheld

    I’m glad Freddi changed the lineup. JUpt in the 2-hole did not make sense without Heyward at leadoff. I really liked Elliot in the 2-hole. With his ability to put the ball in play and 15/15 in SBs, he and Schaefer at the top could be very interesting. He’s a better hitter than Janish so when Uggla comes back, he may get the utility role. They need to be more aggressive and play more small ball on offense. JUpt will make a good cleanup with McCann in the 5-hole. When Elliot’s not playing Simmons can be the #2.

  • Lee

    Reflecting on todays win: Jordan Shafer is back, both offensively & defensively. A triple to start the game, a double, a run, an RBI, & tremendous catches in center. Elliot Johnson showed that he deserves to be in the Bigs. He plays the game the way it should be played, all out. We need his skills somewhere, as well as his speed. Speaking of speed, and playing all out, Andrelton Simmons is my MVP always. He is the consummate player, who makes unimaginable defensive plays look routine. Looking forward to seeing more great wins like today in the upcoming home stand!