The new argument against Jair Jurrjens, no doubt, will be that the league leader in ERA is getting too many runs scored for him and that’s why he’s 12-3.
The Braves broke on top in the first and never looked back. Schafer (who went 4-5, he always seems to either be great or horrid, usually the latter) led off the game with a triple. AAG scored him with a single, then came home on a double by Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball. With two out, Eric Hinske (starting in right) singled home McCann to make it 3-0. Chipper made it 5-0 with a homer, with McCann on board, in the third. The Rockies didn’t have a baserunner until the fourth.
Jurrjens actually struggled a bit in the middle innings, having trouble finishing batters off. In the fifth, the Rockies got a double and two singles to score a run. In the sixth, they got the first two on, but with one out stupidly tried a double-steal and got a runner thrown out. That was Jurrjens’ last inning.
The Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning; Heyward, pinch-hitting against a lefty with three righthanded hitters on the bench, grounded into a double play to score one run, then Schafer singled to make it 7-1. Uggla hit a homer in the eighth, scoring Wilkin Ramirez, and finished the scoring. Fredi didn’t even use any of his top three relievers, using Linebrink in the seventh, Sherrill in the eighth, and Proctor in a situation made for him in the ninth.