The Braves got a much needed win against Alexi Ogando and the Rangers on Father's Day at Turner Field. Jair Jurrjens pitched around a hefty amount of trouble early on to get his ninth win of the season. After the first few innings, Jair looked a bit frustrated on the mound with a few calls from the home plate umpire and with a questionable play from Freddie Freeman. Fortunately he didn't let it get to him and came out after five and a third and giving up just one run on seven hits. Early base runners and long at-bats had his pitch count pretty high as he threw 116 pitches on the day.
Freddie Freeman looked good at the plate. He went 3-for-4 on the day with an RBI. His only out on the day was a deep fly ball to Nelson Cruz in right in the second inning. It really seemed like it was headed for the seats but Cruz made a great grab against the outfield wall.
Jordan Schafer went 0-for-3 but continues to get on base and use his speed to score runs. He got to first on catchers interference in the big third inning for the Braves. Uggla followed up with a rip into left, as he really doesn't know how to hit one to the opposite field effectively, and Heyward drove them both in. Gonzalez popped one up right in front of the plate later in the inning but a Michael Young, Yorvit Torrealba collision let the ball land on the infield grass and with two outs, Heyward scored easliy. Schafer walked, stole a base, and scored another run on a Freddie Freeman ground rule double in the seventh to provide an extra insurance run.
The bullpen pitched well, though Scott Proctor was charged with a run after Venters came on to pitch in the top of the seventh. Ian Kinsler scored on a Josh Hamilton groundout to make the game 3-2 before Freeman made it 4-2 in the bottom half. Venters threw 23 pitches in one and two thirds before Kimbrel came on to shut the door in the ninth. Nate McLouth was welcomed back to big league action with a LOUD slider off his right knee in the second inning and was brushed back at least twice more. He also made an impressive diving, run-saving grab in left field.
Happy Fathers Day!