Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – April 30, 2012 – ESPN.

Yuck. I guess Mike Minor isn’t ready for acehood just yet. He did strike out nine in 6 1/3, but most of what they hit was hit hard, including a pair of home runs. Minor had to walk a tightrope just to get through the second unscathed, but gave up two runs (tying the game) in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth. He was knocked out in the seventh having allowed seven runs; Chad Durbin came in and regressed to his usual Durbinitude with two runs allowed of his own.

The Braves got two runs in the first on a Freddie Freeman homer. Maybe it should have been more; Michael Bourn was called out trying to steal second earlier in the inning, but appeared to be safe. (I don’t think it was as cut-and-dry as some did.) And Minor struck out looking in the second with runners second and third and one out; even a pitcher has to swing there.

Eric Hinske started for a gimpy Jason Heyward, and went 4-4, accounting for half of the Braves’ hits. Livan Hernandez continued to put together decent long work, two innings with just one hit allowed.