Braves Take Fifth Straight, Beat Cubs 3-0

Dempster forgets the ball as Constanza only slightly sprains his ankle on the first base bag. Thank goodness.

On a night in which the Braves won their fifth straight game by a score of 3-0, the Braves saw Jose Constanza exit the game with a right ankle injury. His reaction after beating out a grounder to first base (of course) made it seem like the injury could have been something horrible. It turns out the injury is just a slight ankle sprain though, so hopefully "Georgie" will be back on the field in no time. Additionally, what looked like an injury to Jurrjens' right leg didn't remove him from the game during the following half inning.

Jurrjens looked like he was going to have another ugly outing in just the bottom of the first when he loaded the bases with just one out. Alex Gonzalez had other ideas, though, as he started a great double play to end the inning off of the bat of Marlon Byrd. Jurrjens wasn't dominant or his early season self, but did a great job keeping the Cubs from crossing the dish.

Freddie Freeman started the scoring with a big shot on the first pitch he ever saw in Wrigley Field to put the Braves ahead 1-0 in the top of the second. The Braves proceeded to manufacture another run in the third inning, starting with a Jose Constanza liner into center. He stole second base with Jurrjens at the plate, but may have been given a gift by the second base ump. From my couch, it looked as if, despite a high throw, Darwin Barney was able to get a tag on him. But the Braves took advantage when Jair Jurrjens was able to get a bunt down and Dempster made the ill-informed mistake of trying to throw out Constanza at third. Prado grounded into a force at second to score Constanza and put the Braves up by a score of 2-0.

One of the largest Uggla Smashes of the year left the Friendly Confines with the bases empty in the top of the sixth inning to make the game 3-0 in favor of the good guys. Jurrjens pitched through the nagging injury in the sixth to get to Vizcaino with one out in the seventh and O'Flaherty in the eighth. Jonny Venters came out for the ninth and started the inning with two straight walks to Blake DeWitt and Aramis Ramirez. He then settled into eighth inning form as he managed to sit down Pena and Byrd on strikes, and got Soriano to ground one up the middle to Gonzo, who made a heads up play to tag second base with his glove for the the final out.

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