The “doesn’t know how to win” jokes are starting to lose their humor. Mike Minor had one of his best games, plenty good enough to win — seven innings, five hits, no walks, two strikeouts — and got hung with a loss because nobody else showed up. Minor made one mistake, a fifth inning solo homer by the generically named Luis Cruz. The Dodgers also threatened in the third, but he pitched around that despite a dumb decision (take the out, stupid) by Brian McCann.
The Braves had only three hits on the day and just one extra-base hit — a fourth-inning triple by Jason Heyward that at least broke up a no-hit bid, but came with two out. If not for Minor keeping the Dodgers from scoring further, the Braves would never have been in it. This was showed well after he left. Chad Durbin allowed a run in the eighth, and Cristhian Martinez had a catastrophic ninth inning (aided by some sloppy defense) in which he gave up three runs to end all hope.
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