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The Atlanta Braves looked sharp in game 1 of a big series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who own the best record in baseball. Atlanta played a great well-rounded game as they cruised to a 4-1 victory on Friday night before a sellout crowd at Turner Field. Enough cannot be said about Braves starter, Mike Minor. After recent rotation struggles, it was great to see Minor have such a great start on Friday night. Minor pitched seven innings, and the only run he gave up came off a Yadier Molina home run. It seems like Minor has pitched up to steep completion, and pitches down to the struggling teams. That should help come the playoffs. Yadier Molina’s home run off Minor in the 2nd inning was the game’s first run. The Braves took the lead from the Cardinals in the next half inning. Chris Johnson started the Braves scoring with a single to left field. Brian McCann scored on the play and tied the game up. Mike Minor then helped his own cause with a single of his own. Dan Uggla scored on the Minor single and gave the Braves the 2-1 lead. Jason Heyward got in on the scoring action with a solo shot in the 5th inning. The Braves got their 4th and final run off a rare error from the Cardinals’ defense. A throw to 2nd got by the Cardinals 2nd baseman went into foul territory in right field. Chris Johnson streaked around the bases and put the Braves up by 3. That would be all she wrote, as Craig Kimbrel came in to shut the Cardinals down in the 9th. Game MVP: Mike Minor: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 K’s (1-1, RBI) Minor did it with his arm as well as his bat on Friday night. His single in the 2nd inning proved to be the Game-winning RBI as the Braves took a 2-1 lead. He also was huge in shutting down a good Cardinals’ lineup. The Cardinals have had no problems scoring runs and Minor did a great job against them on the mound, and at the plate. Chris Johnson had another multi-hit night, as he finished 2-3. He continues to get on base and have great at bats for the Braves. The Braves inched a little closer to the Cardinals for the best record in the National league. That’s going to be huge for the Braves down the stretch, as they continue to play good at home and struggle on the road. Big Fox has the game tomorrow afternoon, as the Braves look to win game 2 of the series. The post Minor Pitches and Hits Braves Past Cardinals appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.
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ATLANTA -- Mike Minor is on top of things.
During his last start in Chicago, Braves catcher Evan Gattis pointed out to the left-hander that his arm slot was lower than usual, a mechanical issue that has the potential to affect his pitch location and overall effectiveness. After consulting the film with pitching coach Roger McDowell during that same inning -- an exercise that confirmed...
ATLANTA -- Mike Minor allowed only one run to give Atlanta's depleted rotation a lift, Jason Heyward homered, and the Braves beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a matchup of division leaders on Friday night.
Minor (10-5) gave up four hits with no walks in seven innings. His sharp performance came two days after Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken...
A season over and a career in jeopardy after a gruesome injury -- and Tim Hudson's wife saw it all unfold before her eyes at Citi Field Wednesday night.
But Kim Hudson didn't harbor any ill-will toward the Mets' Eric Young Jr. after he inadvertently stepped on Hudson's right ankle while he was trying to cover first base. Instead she wrote to both Young and the Mets...
Atlanta Braves fans looking for something else to eat other than the standard hot dog or ice cream in a helmet when they go to games at Turner Field now have a new alternative — waffles.
On Friday, the Braves officially opened a Waffle House in the Turner Field concourse. It features a scaled-down menu compared to the regular-sized restaurants, but all the essentials are there...
Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant.
The team says Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The right-hander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of...
Tim Hudson says he plans to return next season from right ankle surgery and hopes he's still pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
Hudson, 38, sat in the clubhouse Friday waiting to have his cast and staples removed and replaced with a walking boot. He underwent season-ending surgery two weeks ago and begins treatment soon.
Hudson says the Braves, his team since 2005, want to see...
Julio Teheran leads the MLB with eight pick-offs in 2013, and he has doubled up on the nearest competition. The next closest pitchers to him all have four (Jorge De La Rosa, Cole Hamels, Jeff Locke, Mark Buehrle, Aaron Loup), and they are notably all left-handed.
How has he done it?
Primarily on the strength of what we called the ‘balk move’ for a right-hander. The name becomes...
It wasn’t exactly redemption but it would have to do.
The Braves hosted the Cardinals on Friday night without the drama of a one-game Wild Card playoff and an infield fly called 225 feet from home plate to rile up the masses but they walked away 4-1 winners over the team with the best record in baseball in front of a packed house.
A sellout crowd of 50124 — only the third sellout...
FOX Sports South checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to get the latest on the Braves.
FOX SPORTS SOUTH: Tim Hudson was lost to a gruesome ankle injury on Wednesday against the Mets. What does his loss mean to this team, not only as a pitcher, but also as that veteran presence in the clubhouse?
CHIP CARAY: All those things are very, very important. But obviously you...
The tweets say it all. First, “Huddy is DEALING tonight! 4 straight K’s!” from the official Atlanta Braves twitter feed. Then, two tweets later, “Thoughts and prayers with Huddy.” Even the moniker “Huddy” speaks volumes to the way Tim Hudson is seen by his team and its fans. It’s this love and admiration that made his gruesome ankle injury on Wednesday night even...
In what should have been a terrific series for the Braves to continue their dominance in the National League East, the Braves watched as veteran ace Tim Hudson pitched a gem that ended suddenly with a freak accident. To say that the Braves were shaken by the injury to Hudson would be an understatement given Hudson’s role as a veteran leader in the clubhouse. Unfortunately, the...
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Thursday July 25th, 2013.
Games – 14
AL Games – 7
NL Games – 7
American League Games (7):
New York Yankees (53-48) @ Texas Rangers (56-45) – 2:05 pm
Hiroki Kuroda (9-6, 2.65) takes the mound for New York, opposite of Derek Holland (8-5, 3.10) for the final game of the series. Holland has pitched the most innings for Texas...
By dropping the series finale to the New York Mets, the Braves head back home to face the Cardinals, who own an MLB-best 61-37 record, coming off a mediocre road trip. Here's there observations from the game:
1. Alex Wood struggled in his second career start, but the Braves sound like they are sticking with him
Following Wood's 4 13-inning outing in New York, Braves manager...
It may have been late July but the series between NL division leaders St. Louis and Atlanta has all the feel of post season baseball.
Both teams had good pitching performances, holding each other hit-less though the seventh with runners in scoring position.
Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh before parting ways after a fly-ball gaffe by left fielder Matt Holliday...
Jason Heyward simultaneously wins the game and saves it.
Craig Kimbrel … doesn’t mind much.
Yasiel Puig can throw a bit, too bad the umpire wasn’t in on that info
Yasiel Puig makes a catch, hurts the wall, leaves Paco Rodriguez floored
Yunel Escobar is just showing off.
For all the shortcomings of Jeff Francoeur, throwing is not one of them.