Atlanta sent the young and flourishing Mike Minor to the bump in below freezing temperatures, which seemed to have little effect on Minor. He qualified for the quality start; tossing six solid innings, allowing only three runs on five hits, all while wearing short sleeves.
Minor worked both sides of the plate with tremendous efficiency, only really missing his spots on a couple occasions. He was competitive throughout his six innings of work and kept his team in the game.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez then turned to his bullpen, which has been stellar so far this season. Luis Avilan and Eric O’Flaherty tossed shutout innings in the seventh and eighth respectively, then lights out closer Craig Kimbrel slammed the door shut in the ninth registering his eighth save of the season.
The Braves offense was deadly with the long ball once again, scoring all four runs on home runs. Justin Upton and Evan Gattis hit solo bombs, while Dan Uggla hit a two run rainmaker to right center. It proved to be enough power as the Braves knocked off the Rockies 4-3 in the day half of the double header.
Atlanta won today’s game the same way they have won all season; relying heavily on power hitting and exceptional bullpen work. The “Bravos” continue to show that they will out slug any opponent they step out onto the field with. The constant threat of home run power, coupled with a stingy bullpen, makes the Atlanta Braves a dangerous team to play against.