Mike Minor just doesn’t know how to win is all. Spotted a six-run lead, he got a no decision. Sure, that might be because he didn’t return after 48-minute rain delay in the fourth, but Jack Morris would have stopped the rain somehow, at least until after the fifth.
The Braves jumped all over the Marlins’ starter, someone named “Nate Eovaldi”, for three runs in each of the first two innings. Chipper Jones doubled in Reed Johnson and Jason Heyward in the first, and came around to score on a Dan Uggla single. The Braves batted around but left the bases loaded when Minor struck out.
Minor had trouble in the second inning, needing to strike out the pitcher himself to get out of a bases-loaded jam. In the bottom of the inning, Heyward singled in Michael Bourn, then he and Johnson came in on a Freddie Freeman double. (Remember when I used to complain that the Braves couldn’t score from first on a double? Heyward did it twice in the first two innings.)
After the rain, it was bullpen time, and you have to be a bit worried about the workload. Cristhian Martinez, who got the win, pitched three innings, allowing one run in the sixth. Chad Durbin finished the seventh, Cory Gearrin pitched the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel, who hadn’t pitched in a while, struck out the side in the ninth but allowed a hit and a walk.