This was the typical Jair Jurrjens start -- no run support, a quality start, and a few nail-biting bullpen innings -- but the Braves pulled out the win for him and turned two double plays to help JJ get out of some trouble. Interestingly, with this win, Jurrjens now has exactly the same record (13-and-10) that he had last season, but his ERA is almost a run less (from 3.68 to 2.70). What an amazing improvement from his first full season to his second. That ERA versus the record also crystallizes the issue the Braves have had scoring runs this year.
Yunel Escobar put the Braves ahead in the fourth inning with more two-out magic. After a single, a walk, and a sac bunt from our cleanup hitter, Garret Anderson failed to get anyone home, but Yuney came through by lacing a single up the middle to score two. He also began a ninth inning rally with a leadoff double off the Mets closer. Adam LaRoche followed with a single to drive him home.
Peter Moylan pitched a shaky eighth inning, and Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the ninth, though a two-out walk to Gary Sheffield made things interesting for a moment.
Brian McCann was forced to leave the game after being hit on the wrist by a foul ball in the fourth inning. X-rays showed no fracture, and McCann is only expected to miss a few games.
Other than that it was a good win for Atlanta, let's see if they can twist the dagger just a little deeper into the hearts of Mets fans tomorrow.
|Final - 9.22.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|New York Mets||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||0|
|WP: Jair Jurrjens (13 - 10)
SV: Rafael Soriano (25)
LP: Nelson Figueroa (2 - 7)