Easy. It’s important to note, as DOB did in his blog entry today, that the Braves are getting excellent pitching, especially starting pitching. You can’t even say that they’re not working deep into games. Jair Jurrjens pitched eighth innings, and was never in serious trouble; the Jays never had the tying run bat.
Mark Teixeira was the hitting hero, hitting a two-run homer in the first and an RBI double in the third. But it was Jurrjens’ game. The Jays didn’t get a baserunner until a hit with one out in the fifth, and he got a double play to erase that batter. He walked one in the next inning, but again got a double play. Toronto would get two more hits, one in each of the next two innings, but both runners were stranded. Jurrjens struck out three, got fifteen ground balls, and threw 69 strikes in his 104 pitches.
The Braves added an insurance run after a leadoff triple from Brandon Jones in the seventh. They had a couple of other scoring chances, but couldn’t do anything, leaving eight men on base, and if Jurrjens hadn’t been so dominant it could have come back to bite them. Gonzalez pitched the ninth in another Atlanta Save situation.
Chipper and Escobar are still out, as is Infante. Norton did a good job in the DH role, with two hits and a walk. KJ was 0-5, but it happens. Francoeur was 0-4, struck out twice, and sucks. Everyone else had at least one hit.