atlanta — On Atlanta’s hottest day on record, Mike Minor did enough to cool off Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
“He did, under tough conditions,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I think we took a step forward with him today. He competed his butt off today.”
Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts, and Atlanta overcame 106-degree heat to beat the Nationals, 7-5, on Saturday. The National Weather Service reported that the temperature was one degree hotter than the 1980 record.
“I think today 80-some pitches might equal about 140 the way the weather was,” Gonzalez said. “For (Minor’s) psyche and his confidence, I think we took a step forward today. He was a bulldog today, didn’t give it up.”
Strasburg (9-3) left after just three innings because of weather-related issues and had three intravenous fluid treatments. He didn’t return to begin the fourth, tying for the shortest outing of his 33-start career.
Braves officials reported no major health problems among the announced crowd of 26,491. The team credited eight free water stations at Turner Field with helping fans cool off.
Strasburg allowed two hits, three runs and four walks. Throwing 36 of his 67 pitches for strikes, Strasburg struck out four to reach 122, most in the majors. He took extra time between pitches and walked slowly between innings.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson came out of the dugout after the third to tell home plate umpire Marvin Hudson that Strasburg was leaving.
“Pretty scary, and he wasn’t talking too good,” Johnson said. “I found out later he got a little dizzy out on the mound. The problem was that he was totally dehydrated. ...”