Updated: 10:25 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2010 | Posted: 10:19 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2010
Minor, Freeman lead G-Braves to 6-2 win
For the AJC
The Atlanta Braves got a glimpse of the future on Monday night in Scranton, Pa., and there were two young and well-groomed reasons for the organization to be encouraged.
Prized pitcher Mike Minor picked up his third victory in as many decisions and first-base prospect Freddie Freeman backed him with a three-run home run and RBI single, leading the Gwinnett Braves to a 6-2 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Minor, 22, Atlanta's No. 1 pick in 2009, struck out five batters over six innings of work for the G-Braves (44-52). The right-hander, who has a 1.93 earned run average, allowed five hits, his only real mistake coming on Jorge Vazquez's two-run homer in the second inning.
Freeman, 20, the Braves' second-round pick in 2007, erased a 2-1 deficit when the left-handed slugger sent his 12th homer over the rightfield fence in the fifth inning. In the seventh inning, Freeman drove in his fourth run with a single and then took part in a double steal, with teammate Wes Timmons coming home on the play for the G-Braves' final run.
The G-Braves got on the scoreboard in the first inning, when Barbaro Canizares drove in a run with a groundout to second base, following singles by Matt Young and Timmons, the latter going 3-for-3.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.