The Braves retired Greg Maddux’s number before the game, and then Jair Jurrjens went out and retired the Mets like he was Greg Maddux. Not that he was under a whole lot of pressure. The closest thing to a jam he had all night was up 3-0 in the second when he gave up a leadoff double to Sheffield. Of course, Jeffy was due up next, and popped up on the first pitch. This is the sort of stuff you can’t make up.
You can’t make up how hot Martin Prado is, either. Prado doubled in the first, then came around, together with Chipper (who walked) on a double off the wall by McCann which was hit about as hard as you’ll ever see a ball hit. Yunel later singled home McCann to make it 3-0. In the third, Prado hit a leadoff homer, then McCann hit a towering homer with Chipper on first to break it open at 6-0. ACHE doubled in Chipper in the fifth to make it 7-0, and finally get Jerry Manuel off his butt to get poor Mike Pelphrey out of the game. It didn’t help, as the Braves added two more runs on a Yunel double (on which Gary Sheffield pulled up lame — you’d feel sorry for them, but they’re the Mets) and another on a Kotchman single. Kotchman added an RBI double in the seventh to break a streak of seven straight games with exactly one hit.
Jurrjens was terrific, allowing only one other hit after the Sheffield double, a Wright double in the fourth. Okay, he walked two, and threw 85 pitches in just six innings, which isn’t too Madduxlike, but it’ll do. It’ll more than do. The bullpen dregs — Logan, Valdez, Medlen — got an inning apiece to finish up, and allowed one walk (by Valdez) between them. Jeffy didn’t even get to make his fourth out of the game, which ended with him on deck. Sad, really.
All the regulars had at least one hit but McLouth. Brian and Yunel had three, Prado, Chipper, and Kotchman two, and McCann and Jones got the last few innings off. This game can be fun, sometimes. The Braves are back to .500, and if the Phillies-Marlins score holds up, will be tied for second at the end of the night.