Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – May 29, 2011 – ESPN.

After last night’s marathon, the Braves (who didn’t have Venters, O’Flaherty, or, thankfully, Linebrink available) needed innings from their starters. Luckily, it was Jair Jurrjens‘ turn in the rotation. Jurrjens did his Maddux-lite routine, going eight innings, 64 strikes in 99 pitches, striking out five and walking two, scattering six hits. His only mistake was a hanger to Jay Bruce in the second, which gave the Reds a 1-0 lead until the sixth.

In the first inning, Jordan Schafer had singled leading off, but Martin Prado grounded into a double play. That didn’t happen in the sixth after Schafer walked leading off. On a 2-0 count, Prado turned on a pitch, taking it out to left field on a line, giving the Braves the lead. They hit other rockets that inning, but the ballpark held them.

Prado saved the day on defense in the eighth. With two out and a runner on second, Jurrjens allowed a line-drive single to left. The runner went, and Prado, who was there in a jiffy, threw home. David Ross‘ tag was maybe a little controversial, but the throw beat him by so much that the umpire’s always going to call him out. Fredi went to Craig Kimbrel to pitch the ninth, about which… well, I’m of two minds. Jurrjens was probably tiring some, but 99 pitches is not that much, and Kimbrel has been pitching a lot, including each of the last two games. I probably would have let Jurrjens start the inning and pulled him at the first sign of trouble. Kimbrel walked the first man on four pitches, but got Scott Rolen to pop out and Bruce to strike out before giving up a single to right. But facing Ramon Hernandez, who homered against him on Friday, Kimbrel rallied for the game-ending strikeout.