ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 6-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday, aside from the drainage system at Turner Field has few peers in baseball circles:
1. The genesis of Mike Minor's undoing was a walk to Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco
For 4 23 innings, Minor bore the look of a burgeoning ace, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. But then, with Donovan Solano on second base and two outs, fate took a turn for the worse, with the Braves southpaw handing out a free pass to Nolasco a career .100 hitter in the majors.
"(The fourth inning) started out so innocently," recalled Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez in the postgame."'Ah, it's a two walk, (no worries) ... and then BAM!."
That pounding was the sound and sight of Miami leadoff hitter Justin Ruggiano blasting a three-run homer over the left-field wall, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead and dampening the spirits of a Braves crowd that was already waterlogged from steady rains throughout the night.