ATLANTA - JULY 1: Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Turner Field on July 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
I'm running out of adjectives to describe the awesomeness of Jair Jurrjens.
Jurrjens went the distance for his first career shutout and allowed only a single hit to the Orioles in a 4-0 Braves victory. The only hit came off the bat of Adam Jones with one out in the seventh. Jurrjens also walked a batter and struck out eight, seven of them swinging.
As good as Jurrjens was, Jeremy Guthrie was almost just as good. He allowed only one hit through five innings, but in the sixth, Jason Heyward tagged him for a deep two-run home run, his eighth of the year and first since April 29.
The offense tagged on two more runs in the eighth. Guthrie was forced from the game after consecutive singles from Jordan Schafer and Heyward to start the inning. One out later, Chipper Jones singled home Schafer against Pedro Viola. Heyward scored when Derrek Lee tried to turn a double play on Freddie Freeman's grounder, but instead hit Chipper with the throw.
Jurrjens threw 112 pitches, 77 of them strikes and induced 11 groundouts. He is the first NL pitcher to 11 wins and lowered his ERA to 1.89, tops in all of MLB.