Minor, Freeman lead Braves in desert opener
It was a fitting way to follow up his previous start, as well as begin the road trip.
After posting one of the best starts of his career over the weekend against Milwaukee, Mike Minor posted another 8 inning start, this time giving up two runs in a 10-2 win over Arizona.
Going up against a lineup without the bats of Chris Young and Justin Upton, Minor got to work early, retiring the first six batters he faced before allowing the Diamondbacks to tack on a run in the 3rd and 5th inning.
It didn't take long for the Braves offense to give Minor the support any starting pitcher loves, posting a three-spot in the top of the 6th behind Jason Heyward's two-run double.
While it was a night Minor showed the Arizona crowd how filthy he could be, Freddie Freeman joined in the fun, hitting two home runs and a double en route to a career-high 5 RBI night.
Freeman got started early, giving Minor a 2-0 lead to work with a home run to left before the southpaw threw his first pitch.
After the Braves made it 5-2 in the 6th, Freeman hit another two-run shot, this time into the pool in deep right center field while giving Minor and the Braves a 7-2 lead.
The Fountain Valley, Calif. native wasn't done there, as he doubled in the 8th inning, capping the Braves scoring and giving Minor all the room he needed to work with.
Right after being given the 5-2 lead, Minor didn't allow another hit, setting down the Arizona lineup in order before handing the ball over to Jonny Venters for the 9th inning. The Vanderbilt-product retired the last 11 batters he faced.
On the night, Minor threw 112 pitches while allowing five hits and two runs (one earned). He struck out nine and did not issue a walk, lowering his ERA to 3.10 while baffling the Arizona lineup with his curveball and change up while keeping them off balance with his fastball.
Minor's last pitch of the night was an 89-MPH fastball for a strike to Gerardo Parra.
His next start is scheduled for Tuesday, when the Braves are in the midst of a three-game set with the Dodgers and the red-hot Matt Kemp.
In the meantime, Freeman raised his average to .260 from .222 with the three-hit performance, raising his RBI total to 11. In the series finale against New York, Freeman went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI's, a home run and a double, giving him two doubles, three home runs and 8 RBI's in a two-game span.