ATLANTA Mike Minor had a simple explanation why the Colorado Rockies couldnt touch his pitches.
I threw a lot of crap in there early, he said. I dont think they knew what was coming.
If confusion was his best ally, he should employ it more often. Minor struggled with his control, as has often been the case this year, but he didnt allow a hit until the seventh inning on Wednesday night, leading the Braves to 1-0 victory over the Rockies.
It was not only one of the top performances of his short career, it was another step in Minors yearlong maturation process. It showed how far hes progressed since his rough stretches earlier this season, when hits and walks would be magnified by more mistakes.
Hes turned the page. Hes become a completely different pitcher, closer Craig Kimbrel said. Hes attacking guys, hes going right at them. He doesnt seem as timid out there on the mound. It seems like hes more in control when hes out there, and youve seen it with his outings. Hes really becom...