Collmenter, Diamondbacks Pen Quiet Braves Bats As Arizona Sweeps Atlanta With A 2-1 Win

After a tough loss in the first game of the series that saw the Braves bats struggle until late in the game, Atlanta struggled even more at the plate in the finale as Arizona beat the Braves 2-1. 

Arizona's win gave them a sweep of the two game series, and is particularly frustrating as Atlanta came in with a large amount of momentum from a series win against the Phillies and a sweep of the Astros.

Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter was fantastic in just his second start of the year, as he threw six innings of scoreless ball, giving up two hits while walking none and striking out one.

Collmenter didn't throw very hard and wasn't dominant, but used a funky motion and elite control to give the Braves fits at the plate. Atlanta had seven foul pop-ups for outs, showing just how tough it was to make good contact against Collmenter.

The rest after the jump.

Freddie Freeman was the only Brave who was able to have any success off of Collmenter, as he recorded both hits that Collmenter allowed. Freeman had three hits for the game, a good sign after he had been struggling a little bit.

The struggling Braves offense wasted yet another good start from Jair Jurrjens, who was dealt his first loss of the season tonight. Jurrjens threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs (both earned) while scattering eight hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Arizona finally broke through against Jurrjens. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Jurrjens missed his spot and left his fastball in the middle of the plate. Chris Young capitalized on it and hit a line drive homer to left field to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. 

Miguel Montero followed with a single, and then Juan Miranda crushed a ball to center field that hit off the overhanging porch, narrowly missing a homer and getting a triple on the play. His triple scored Montero giving Arizona a 2-0 lead. 

That would be all the damage Jurrjens would give up, as he pitched into the seventh, where he gave way to George Sherrill. Sherrill finished the seventh, and Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless eighth in relief of Jurrjens.

Atlanta finally got a scoring chance in the eight against reliever Joe Patterson. Freeman singled to lead off the inning then Alex Gonzalez followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Nate McLouth performed his regular duty by sac bunting the runners to second and third with one out.

The Braves couldn't take advantage as Brooks Conrad popped out against Patterson for the second out. After bringing in Esmerling Vasquez, Martin Prado grounded out to third to end the inning.

Atlanta finally got on the board in the ninth against Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, but it was too little, too late. Brian McCann hit a two-out double off the left-center field fence to bring up Dan Uggla. Uggla hit a hard line drive to right fielder Justin Upton who inexplicably dropped the ball trying to catch it, allowing McCann to score to cut the lead to 2-1.

Putz managed to strike out Freeman to end the ballgame and gave the Diamondbacks a sweep of Atlanta.

WP: Josh Collmenter, (3-0)

LP: Jair Jurrjens, (5-1)

SV: J.J. Putz, (10)

Up next:

Atlanta heads immediately to Anaheim for a three-game set against the Angels. Tim Hudson faces Ervin Santana in the series opener.

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