ARLINGTON, Texas – Atlanta Braves left handed A.J. Minter made history with his first career start on Friday. Then he did it again with his performance.
After becoming the first Major League Baseball pitcher to make his starting debut in a post-season game, Minter eliminated seven Los Angeles Dodgers in three innings, the most ever in a playoff game of three or fewer innings. starter or reliever.
Minter, who was not announced as the Braves starter for Match 5 of the National League Championship Series until Friday morning, was a relief from the lockdown for the Braves this season, but he didn̵
The Braves can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1999 with a win in Game 5.
Coach Brian Snitker had designated Minter as his opener, a high lever relief pitcher who usually throws the first inning to tackle the top of the order. Minter went back to main hitter Mookie Betts, who knocked out trying to close an inning where he hit the side – all watching – and a five-bar stretch where he hit Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor and Betts.
Minter, 27, last started at Texas A&M, where he attended college, in 2015. In his last departure for the Aggies, he injured his elbow and required Tommy John surgery.
In the regular season, Minter scored 24 in 21 ”innings.
His mix of three shots – a 95 to 97 mph fastball, a hard slider, and a gearbox – angered the Dodgers. Their starter, Dustin May, who actually is the starter, was eliminated after two innings while Los Angeles was down 2-0.