Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 5/26/13
The Braves picked up their eighth straight victory Saturday night, beating the Mets 6-0 in weather better suited for football or reading by a fire. Lambeau Field in December had nothing on Citi Field this Memorial Day Saturday. Fans broke out the mittens and ski caps and winds gusted upwards of 30 mph throughout the night. The temperature hit a high of 56, but the cold north wind made it feel more like 39. Here are Three Cuts from the Braves' blustery win: 1. Some nights you can do no wrong. It was shaping up to be a great pitchers duel between Mike Minor, who came into this game with a 1-1 record and 4.76 ERA against the Mets, and Dillon Gee, who was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA against the Braves but who had lost his last three starts. Both pitchers gave up only three hits and no runs through four innings, and both seemed to be in command of their breaking balls. Then with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Chris Johnson caught a break when a fly ball to left field that normally would have been fielded to end the inning danced like a kite in the wind and fell just out of left fielder Lucas Dudas reach for a hit. That brought Minor to the plate for the second time of the night. His first at-bat resulted in a single to center field, but with Dee mixing a good fastball in with a battery of changeups, no one expected much from Minor. Some of the Braves already had their gloves in hand, ready to take the field.But Minor surprised everyone, including himself, by hitting his first career home run through the wind and into the left-field seats. Every player in the Braves' dugout slapped Minor on the back after he crossed the plate and the smile didnt leave his face for the rest of the night. Perhaps inspired by the batting prowess of their pitcher, Andrelton Simmons hit a double immediately after Minors homer. Then Jason Heyward hit a hard single to right to drive Simmons home.Justin Upton, who was 1-for-12 this season with two outs and runners in scoring position, ripped a double down the left-field line to score Heyward. Freddy Freeman then singled to drive Upton home. Before Evan Gattis fouled one back to the catcher, the Braves put up five runs on six consecutive hits, none bigger than the home run by Minor, which was like a shot of adrenalin through the Braves dugout. 2. Minor continues to pitch like the ace of the starting rotation. Minor improved to 6-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65 23 innings. And to prove those numbers are not an anomaly, his ERA in his last 19 starts of 2012 was 2.78. The most interesting aspect of Minors dominance is the fact that his fastball isnt that fast. If his hardest pitch hits 91 mph, there is a hard tailwind. Minor has become a master at nibbling the corners and strategically picking the right pitch at the right time. His curveball, slider, changeup and fastball cover all points on the plate and he seems fearless when it comes to throwing the pitch that is least expected.He reached this point by breaking the plate into thirds and making sure he could hit his third with each pit in his arsenal. Then he made the target smaller. His control improved, and his ERA plummeted as ground-ball outs increased.Minor now has the lowest pitches-per-game count of any Braves starter, averaging only 88.9 throws in almost seven full innings of work per outing. Its impossible to predict how his season will end, but the last 12 months prove that Minor is more than just todays hot hand.3. The Braves continue to spread the hits and runs around.When you look at the overall batting averages, they shouldnt be as good as they are. Dan Uggla, the hero of the rain-delayed game that finished earlier on Saturday, is batting .189, while Andrelton Simmons is hitting .229, well below his career average. Up and down the lineup there are hitters whose numbers dont match the perception of what this team has done in the first two months of the season. That is because each night there seem to be different hitters who comes through. Saturday night at Citi Field it was Chris Johnson and Mike Minor who put the first runs on the board, hits that rattled Gee and allowed the flurry runs that followed. Earlier in the day it was Uggla in extra innings to lock up the rain-delayed victory, and Friday night it was Evan Gattis who put the Braves in position to keep their winning streak alive. As long as one or two batters come through at critical times, the overall averages dont really matter. Its only the wins that count.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message


Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker