Minor impresses Fredi with his moxie

Minor impresses Fredi with his moxie

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Minor might not have gained the result he was seeking during Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to the Phillies, but the young left-hander still impressed Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez with the poise he showed after encountering some first-inning trouble.

Minor faced a three-run deficit with just one out in the first inning. But instead of folding, the 24-year-old battled through some command problems and did not allow the Phillies another run in his seven-inning effort.

"Earlier in the year, in April or May, that game gets out of hand," Gonzalez said. "He gives up eight and we've got to go to the bullpen and use three guys to get through the game. But he stayed in the game, stayed in the fight and gave us seven innings and really a chance to win the game."

When Minor allowed at least six runs in five of his first eight starts this year, he displayed some of the inexperience expected from a pitcher who entered this season with just 23 career starts. Fortunately for the Braves, they remained patient and are now reaping the benefits.

Minor has produced a 2.13 ERA and limited opponents to a .189 batting average in his past six starts. Four of the five home runs he has allowed during that span have been solo home runs. In fact, 17 of the National League-high 23 home runs he has allowed have been solo shots.