The Atlanta Braves got a half game closer to their post-season goal today by shutting out the Marlins. Jair Jurrjens looked like an ace while pitching 7 strong innings, and Chipper Jones slugged his 18th homerun, one of only 3 hits the Braves had all night. They did, however, get walked 11 times.
At one point, Jurrjens retired 11 straight batters from the second to sixth inning. In his early and later innings he worked around runners like a magician with key strikeouts when he needed them most. Jurrjens allowed only 6 base runners and no runs. He comes up huge in a big game... but then, he's pretty much done that all season.
The Braves scored two runs in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. The Marlins starter, Anibal Sanchez, was a little more than wild and walked the first three Braves batters. A ground out and a sac fly later and it was 2-0 Atlanta. A Chipper Jones homerun two innings later pushed the score to 3-0 Atlanta. In all, Sanchez walked 8 Braves batters in just 5 innings. It's kind of amazing he only allowed 3 runs.
The Marlins bullpen also had a case of the walks when one of their relievers walked in another Braves run with three bases on balls. The Braves bullpen, on the other hand, was almost perfect as Peter Moylan and Rafael Soriano combined for only one walk in 2 innings of work.
Two games out of the wild card with six games left. I guess the word of the day is "Believe."
|Final - 9.28.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Jair Jurrjens (14 - 10)
LP: Anibal Sanchez (3 - 8)