Minter struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Giants on Monday en route to his 14th save of the season.
A mid-August slip-up led manager Brian Snitker to turn elsewhere for a few save opportunities -- Dan Winkler, Jonny Venters and Brad Brach have all recorded saves over the past month -- but it's clear that Minter is still the preferred option in the ninth inning. He's now recorded three of the Braves' last four saves. It's hard to imagine Arodys Vizcaino taking the job back immediately upon his return from a shoulder injury later this week.
Minter allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk but earned his 13th save Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Minter ran into trouble in the 10th inning by allowing two of the first three batters he faced to reach base. While his line was ugly, it could have been worse as the game-tying run was thrown out at home to end the game. Minter has been the primary closer for the Braves since early July, but he has allowed six earned runs across his last six innings, creating some doubt about his stability in the closer role.
Minter (4-3) took the loss Wednesday against the Red Sox, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk across 1.1 innings. He struck out three.
Minter entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning and the Braves clinging to an 8-7, and he proceeded to walk the first batter he faced to load up the bases before striking out Mookie Betts to escape the frame. The next inning didn't go as well for Minter, as he allowed a single to Andrew Benintendi before serving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Brandon Phillips with two outs. The southpaw still owns a solid 3.31 ERA and 63:18 K:BB through 54.1 innings this season and figures to remain in the ninth inning for the time being, at least until Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) returns later in the month.
Minter struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 12th save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Pirates.
The flamethrowing southpaw converted his first save chance since blowing one against the Rockies Aug. 18. Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) is eligible to come off the disabled list Sept. 10, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be ready by then, or whether he would immediately reclaim closer duties for the Braves. Until his situation becomes clearer, Minter should remain the primary option for saves in Atlanta.
Minter (back) will be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's contest against Pittsburgh, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Minter was unavailable for the first two games of this series due to back tightness but he was deemed good to go following a throwing session before Wednesday's series finale.
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