Minter gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning against San Diego on Sunday to earn the save.
Minter retired the first two batters he faced before Fernando Tatis Jr. stroked his fourth single of the game, but Atlanta's backup closer -- Luke Jackson had recorded saves the previous two days -- responded by getting Eric Hosmer to fly out to end the game. While he stills holds an unsightly 6.56 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season, Minter has been much better since returning to the majors June 11, holding opponents scoreless in 10 of 14 appearances while racking up 14 strikeouts in 12.1 innings.
Minter struck out two through 1.1 hitless innings to record his fourth save in a win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Minter struck out a batter to get the Braves out of a jam in the eighth inning and cruised through a hitless ninth inning to nail down the save. Minter has a 2-0 record with a 2.54 ERA through eight appearances since returning from the minors.
Minter (2-4) earned the win Sunday against the Nationals, recording a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless inning.
Minter worked around a walk and a stolen base to pick up his second win in as many days. The southpaw has now notched four holds and a pair of victories in seven appearances since returning from the minors, compiling a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 6:6 K:BB in the process.
Minter was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
Minter was sent down to the minor leagues just over a month ago after posting a disastrous 9.82 ERA with 16 punchouts over 11 innings, but he'll get another shot out of the bullpen after impressing at Triple-A. Kevin Gausman (foot) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Minter has a 0.00 ERA and 5:2 K:BB through 3.1 innings over three appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.
The left-hander earned his demotion with a 9.82 ERA and 7.36 BB/9 through 11 innings to begin the season for Atlanta, so the walks are still concerning, but he is at least getting better results at Gwinnett. With Luke Jackson blowing his last two save chances, Minter's return to the big-league bullpen could be coming soon.
Minter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
The path was clear for Minter to claim the closer job after Arodys Vizcaino underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in mid-April, but he failed to pitch at remotely the required level, posting a 9.82 ERA and a 2.36 WHIP in 11 innings. Luke Jackson appears to have the inside track on saves in Atlanta for now. Jonny Venters (calf) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Minter struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday during a 5-1 win over the Padres.
The southpaw has only been scored upon in three of 12 appearances this season, but the trio of meltdowns have led to one blown save, an 0-3 record and an 8.38 ERA. Minter remains in the late-inning mix for Atlanta, but he might need a couple more strong efforts in non-save situations before he gets entrusted with ninth-inning duty again.
Minter (0-3) blew his first save of the season and took the loss Saturday as Atlanta fell 9-5 to Colorado. He struck out two but was tagged for four runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning.
The southpaw has yet to go more than a few appearances this season without some kind of meltdown, and Minter's inconsistency has saddled him with a ghastly 9.72 ERA through 8.1 innings. His 11:4 K:BB highlights his upside if he can get straightened out, but for now he'll be tough to rely on as a dependable source of saves, especially as the pressure mounts on the Atlanta front office to bring in bullpen reinforcements.
Minter struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Reds.
The southpaw has had a couple of rough appearances this season, leading to a 5.87 ERA through 7.2 innings, but Minter's 9:4 K:BB is solid and he's 3-for-3 in converting save chances. With Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) done for the year, Minter will have a long leash in the closer role for Atlanta.
Minter saved his second game in an 8-7 win over the Indians on Saturday, striking out the side in a perfect inning.
Minter has now converted both save chances he has been given, although he has also sustained two losses this year. The 25-year-old has a firm grip on the closer job after Arodys Vizcaino underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday. Minter holds a 6.75 ERA and 1.80 WHIP this season.
Minter is likely unavailable for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks after being used out of the bullpen three of the past four days, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The Braves are also likely to stay away from Jesse Biddle due to workload concerns, leaving Chad Sobotka, Dan Winkler, Luke Jackson and Wes Parsons as the team's main high-leverage relievers for the series finale. Even if one of those four pitchers notches a save Thursday, it's still expected that the bulk of the Braves' ninth-inning opportunities will fall to Minter moving forward after co-closer Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) was recently moved to the injured list and ruled out for the entire regular season.
Minter's path to save chances is now clear for the rest of the season after Arodys Vizcaino underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday.
Minter appears to be the unquestioned closer with Vizcaino out of the picture, as he's the only other Brave to record a save this season. It's far from guaranteed that he keeps the job all year, however, as he's struggled to a 9.64 ERA and a 5:4 K:BB in 4.2 innings so far this year after starting the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury of his own. He was quite effective in his first two seasons, posting a 3.18 ERA, a 29.7 percent strikeout rate and a 7.5 percent walk rate.
Minter (0-2) took the loss Tuesday, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning while striking out one as Atlanta fell 9-6 to Arizona.
The left-hander entered the game to begin the ninth inning with the score tied 6-6 and promptly served up a solo shot to Christian Walker before putting two more runners aboard with two outs. Both runners came around to score after he got the hook. Minter's 9.64 ERA through 4.2 innings is discouraging, but he remains the team's top option for saves while Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) in on the IL.
Minter could see more ninth-inning chances for the Braves after Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) was placed on the injured list Sunday.
The severity of Vizcaino's injury is not yet known, but Minter should see the bulk of the save opportunities for the near future now that his co-closer is on the injured list. Minter converted his lone save chance and has allowed two runs over three innings after spending the first week of the season on the injured list himself.
Minter allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning during Monday's 8-6 win over the Rockies.
It was a promising outing after Minter allowed two runs and took a loss his last time out. The lefty will continue splitting save chances with Arodys Vizcaino, who didn't pitch Monday after he blew a save and earned a victory Sunday.
Minter (0-1) took the loss Saturday as the Braves fell 4-2 to the Marlins, allowing two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning.
Entering the game in the top of the ninth with the score tied 2-2, Minter labored to put anyone away, giving up a single to Starlin Castro at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat before Jorge Alfaro took him deep the other way. Minter has looked shaky in his first two appearances since coming off the injured list -- he walked two batters in his first outing Thursday -- but he remains firmly in the late-inning mix for Atlanta, particularly with the club reluctant to use Arodys Vizcaino on back-to-back days.
The Braves activated Minter (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
After his left shoulder responded well to a bullpen session earlier in the week, Minter will re-enter Atlanta's late-inning mix ahead of Thursday's series finale with the Cubs. Manager Brian Snitker said earlier in the spring that he envisions playing matchups in ninth-inning situations this season and mentioned Arodys Vizcaino and Minter as the main candidates to pick up saves. Assuming the Braves are comfortable with how Minter looks coming off the injury, he could be worth grabbing on speculation if he's out there on the waiver wire.
Minter (shoulder) said Tuesday's live bullpen session went well and is on track to be activated from the injured list when eligible Thursday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Minter also said his shoulder feels good and he appears slated to be activated Thursday with Bryse Wilson packing up his locker following Wednesday's game. The 25-year-old had the left shoulder tightness crop up at the start of March, but it looks as though he will escape by missing only the first five games of the season.
Minter (shoulder) will throw a live batting practice session Tuesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
According to Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta, Minter is encouraged by how good his shoulder feels after pitching in a few minor-league games. It sounds like the southpaw could be activated as early as Thursday, depending on how Tuesday's live BP session goes. Once healthy, Minter figures to factor into the ninth-inning mix in Atlanta.
Minter (shoulder) could return as soon as Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Minter has been battling shoulder soreness since being part of a minor car accident in late February. The injury isn't considered to be too serious, but the Braves decided to give him a few extra days to build his arm strength back up. He's had no issues since resuming throwing and could be back in the ninth-inning mix in Atlanta in under a week.
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