When the Pirates battered Mike Minor early last week, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was just one of those days.
Hes allowed to have one of these outings, he said after the Pirates banged out eight hits and seven runs and 6 13 innings against Minor 11 days ago.
But that was before Minor was introduced to the ERA-inflating, confidence-diminishing altitude of Coors Field.
Lets just say he wasnt enamored with his first impression of the Mile High City, where the Rockies sent a couple of his pitches a mile out of the stadium.
There was Michael Cuddyers first-inning grand slam, which was set up by two walks and a single. There were two more runs in the second, which left the Braves in a 6-0 hole, before Wilin Rosario took Minor deep with a two-run blast.
He was pulled with the Braves facing an 8-3 deficit, but his teammates saved Minor from another loss by rallying for a 13-9 win on May 5.
Its possible Minors past two starts are mere anomalies, just a couple of dips in a lo...