(Sports Network) - Mike Minor has been spectacular on the mound in his last
two starts and Sunday the Atlanta left-hander has a chance to complete a
three-game sweep for the Braves against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In two wins at Arizona and Cincinnati, Minor has allowed a combined two runs
over 13 2/3 innings. He's on a three-game unbeaten streak.
This will be Minor's fourth career start against the Dodgers, a team he's 0-1
against with a 2.37 ERA.
Matt Magill, a 23-year-old righty, counters for the Dodgers. Magill will make
his fourth major league start, but could need a solid outing in order to stay
in the L.A. rotation. That's because Ted Lilly is due to be activated off the
disabled list in the coming week.
Magill had a solid debut April 27 against the Brewers by allowing a pair of
runs over 6 2/3 innings, but then was blasted to the tune of six hits and five
runs in 1 1/3 innings versus the Giants. On May 10, he pitched five inning in
another no-decision against Miami.
On Saturday, at Turner Field, Evan Gattis spoiled a terrific start from Chris
Capuano with a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Braves to a
3-1 comeback win.
"I don't know," Gattis said. "It just happened that way. I'm just glad it went
my way. I fouled off some awesome pitches and got one that I could handle and
thank God it went out."
After Capuano went 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run, he was lifted in
favor of Kenley Jansen (1-2) with one away and a runner on first in the eighth
after Gattis was announced as a pinch-hitter. Gattis fouled off three straight
pitches after working the count to 2-2 before unleashing his blast into the
left-field seats for his second pinch-hit homer of the year and a 2-1 Atlanta
"What could I do?," added Jansen. "I'm not going to let that bother me. Tip
your hat. He hit a good pitch. You've got to go in there. Period. He's
creeping up on home plate every time I'm throwing outside. I put it where I
wanted to put it."
Andrelton Simmons homered on the very next pitch to provide an insurance run
for Craig Kimbrel, who closed it out in the ninth for his 13th save of the
Chris Johnson had three of Atlanta's five hits off Capuano, whose final line
included a run allowed and five strikeouts.
Kris Medlen went seven strong for the Braves, allowing one unearned run on two
hits while fanning five. Cory Gearrin (1-0) needed just nine pitches to get
through the eighth.
Braves setup man Eric O'Flaherty was put on the DL with a torn ulnar
collateral ligament. He may need undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Dodgers and Braves split six meetings last year, with Los Angeles winning
two of three in Atlanta.
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