A lot of good stuff going on tonight. The Braves finally scored some runs for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. The Phillies only got 1 hit off of Jurrjens through 7 innings, and that hit didn't happen until the last out of the seventh when former Braves catcher Paul Bako laced a legit single into left center. While the Braves did score 11 runs, Jurrjens was really the story of the night. He walked four batters, but kept the Phillies hitters off balance and used the wind blowing in to get them out in the air (4 groundouts vs. 11 flyouts). He also recorded 6 stikeouts
The scoring got started by the same guy who was the hitting star last night, Martin Prado. After Jurrjens got a hit to left field, Blanco followed with a hit, before Prado laced a double to score two runs and get the Braves on the board. Chipper Jones drove in Prado to give the Braves a 3-run lead. Two innings later, the Braves chased the Phillies starter Cole Hamels, who couldn't get an out in the fifth.
In that fifth inning, the Phillies reliever didn't fare any better, giving up an opposite field homerun to Matt Diaz that drove in the last of Hamels' baserunners. Diory Hernandez added his first major league homerun later in the inning, and received the silent treatment as he entered the dugout -- a sure sign that this Braves team was having fun playing baseball tonight.
Brian McCann broke an 0-for-13 streak (I believe) with 2 hits. Yunel Escobar came off the bench for an RBI hit -- his specialty. Reliever Manny Acosta, slowed last week by the flu bug, pitched the ninth and was dealing, running the ball up to 95 mph. It would be a big boost to our bullpen to get Acosta going -- he could take the place of Jeff Bennett while Bennett is on the DL (and beyond).
Fantastic game! Let's get that sweep tomorrow.
|Final - 7.1.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Jair Jurrjens (6 - 6)
LP: Cole Hamels (4 - 5)