Jair Jurrjens pitched a 1 hit complete game shutout to lead the Braves to a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Friday night in Atlanta. Jurrjens was sharp all night, allowing only a walk in the sixth and a single up the middle in the seventh. Only one Oriole made it to second base and that was due to a Jurrjens balk but he stranded him there.
The game was scoreless until the sixth when Schafer lined a 1 out single to center which Heyward then followed with a 2 run homer to right center. It was Heyward’s first homerun since April 29th and made the score 2-0. In the 8th, Schafer led off with another single to center. Heyward followed with a single to right moving Jordan to third. After McCann fouled out, Chipper hit a RBI single to left scoring Schafer and moving Jason to third. Freeman then hit a grounder to Derrek Lee at first. Lee attempted to get Chipper as he headed to second but the throw hit Chipper’s helmet and was deflected into the outfield, advancing Jones and Freeman and allowing Heyward to score the final run making the score 4-0.
Jurrjens became the first NL pitcher to pick up 11 wins. He threw 112 pitches and had 8 Ks. He also fielded 4 grounders for outs, deflected 2 more that his infielders turned into outs, and fielded a sac bunt on which he threw out the lead runner at second. Pretty good night for our all-star.
McClouth made a nice running catch on the warning track in left in the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, Jones made a nice play on a ball Freeman hit to dead center warning track.
Uggla went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. There was a smattering of boos after the 2nd strikeout, but after the 4th K, the boos were pretty loud–I would say the loudest they’ve been all year. Atlanta fans are not big on booing, but their patience is running out on Uggla. It’s July, we’re over halfway through our season and he’s not even hitting .180. In the seventh inning, Freeman led off with a walk. Uggla comes up and works the count to 3-2. Unbelievably, Fredi Gonzalez chose to start the runner which of course turned into a strike him out throw him out. That was the worst play of the night especially because Alex Gonzalez followed with a double so we could have had 2 on with only 1 out instead of a man on second with 2 outs.
Tomorrow’s Game: RH Tim Hudson (6-6, 3.51 ERA) vs RH Jake Arrieta (9-4, 4.50 ERA). Game starts at 7:10 on Sportsouth. Go Braves!