Jair Jurrjens returned, and got the win. He also showed some very good signs for the remainder of the season, and was in the middle of the key offensive inning of the game.
The Braves got a run in the first, no thanks to Melky, who popped up immediately after Prado’s leadoff double. Chipper’s long flyout instead of scoring a run did nothing, but McCann picked the team up with a double over Willingham’s head to make it 1-0. Unfortunately, the Braves couldn’t capitalize after loading the bases on walks, as Yunel popped up on an inside pitch that would have run the count to 2-0.
They didn’t really challenge in the next two innings, but in the fourth Hinske singled, followed after Yunel’s second popup by Blanco singling. Instead of bunting, Bobby let Jurrjens swing away, and it worked beautifully, driving in Hinske and moving Blanco to third with a single to left. Prado drove Gregor in with a sac fly, 3-0.
Jurrjens had been more or less cruising, but got in trouble in the fifth with two singles and a walk to load the bases with two out, but got a groundout to get out of that. In the sixth, he loaded the bases again, this time with nobody out, and Bobby went to Moylan, who got a GIDP to score one run but neutralize most of the threat, then after a walk a strikeout to end the inning, and for all intents and purposes the game.
Venters allowed a one-out bunt single, but got a double play to end the seventh. The Braves got a run in the bottom of the inning through a bases-loaded walk by Hinske, only to see Yunel leave the bases loaded again, this time on a strikeout. (The pitch was inside, but what the hell.) Saito had two strikeouts and a popup, and after allowing a leadoff single, Wagner struck out the side in the ninth for #401.
Speaking of strikeouts, Jurrjens had six, all in the first four innings; like I said, he was cruising. It’s good to see. After that, he was not sharp, but it’s hardly surprising, as he’s basically in spring training condition right now.