The Braves will send left-hander Mike Minor to the mound Wednesday night. Minor pitched five innings of four-run ball, but it was the first time since June 30 the 24-year-old gave up four earned runs in a start. In Minor's only other start of the season against the Rockies on May 5, he gave up eight runs (all earned) and 10 hits in five innings. A classic Coors Field shootout, the Braves still won 13-9.
Pitching for Colorado is right-handed Alex White. White, who has given up three or fewer earned runs in seven straight starts, is in his first full season as a major leaguer. He was traded from the Cleveland Indians as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last July, so he's still seeing National League teams for the first time. Wednesday will be his first time facing the Braves.
MLB.com's Tyler Emerick wrote on White's first time throwing against the Braves, who was a diehard Braves fan growing up in North Carolina during Atlanta's run in the 1990s.
Although White, 24, realizes it'll be his job to sit down the Braves' lineup when he takes the mound, he can't help but be excited about pitching against the likes of veteran third baseman Chipper Jones.
"He's a good hitter, I'm going to have to work hard to get him out," White said. "I've watched him play for a long time, and it'll be fun. It's also one of those things where I have to get the guy out. They're a good team, and that's pretty obvious. I'm going to have to throw well to keep our team in it tomorrow."
First pitch between the Braves and Colorado is at 7:05 p.m. ET on SportSouth in Atlanta.
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