August 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Cole Hamels, 83 game score
Least Valuable Phillie: Chase Utley, -.061
Most Valuable Brave: Mike Minor, 54 game score
Least Valuable Brave: Brian McCann, -.083
1st – (PHI) Domonic Brown RBI double for a 1-0 Phillies lead, .101
1st – (PHI) Ryan Howard two-run homer for a 3-0 Phillies lead, .144
Mike Minor gave up three first-inning runs on two big hits and defensive miscues, therefore, the world began to panic. However, Minor settled in and pitched well after the first, allowing four more hits and finishing strong with a perfect seventh. He walked just two while striking out five, inducing 11 whiffs. No, Minor’s command was not very sharp, but he did well with what he had tonight, and that’s a big difference from his first half. If this is bad Minor now, I’ll take it.
On the other hand, Minor could have pitched perfectly and it wouldn’t have mattered. Cole Hamels pitched a complete-game five-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts. No Braves hitter managed an extra base hit. Hamels is a very good pitcher capable of doing this from time to time, so you accept it and move on.