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Braves Lose Tough One in 10 To The Mets

Posted by m1fournier on May 12, 2009

Once again the Braves failed to provide run support for Jair Jurrjens. The only offense came from the 5, 6 , and 7 hitters. Catcher Brian McCann went 3-4 including a double that plated a run in the 7th. Kotchman kept it going with another RBI and Garret Anderson added a sac fly. The only other Brave who really hit the ball at all tonight was shortstop Yunel Escobar, who hit 2 doubles and he scored 2 runs. Chipper Jones was back in the lineup and had two hits and scored a run, but the story was the pitching for the Braves.

jurrjens4Braves starter Jair Jurrjens pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking just 1 and striking out 4.  He cruised through the game till the 8th inning when Jeremy Reed singled, and then after he got Omir Santos to fly out Ryan Church singled. Jose Reyes then came up and doubled palting both Reed and Church, but Reyes was thrown out stretching it out at 3rd. Other than Jurrjens was excellent.


In the bottom of the 9th the Braves called on closer Mike Gonzalez, and he blew it again. The first batter he faced Carlos Beltran hit a double of him. He then got Mets 3b, David Wright to foul out to 1st.  Carlos Beltran stole 3rd and Gonzalez then plunked Fernado Tatis. With runners on 1st and 3rd Louis Castillo hit a sacrifice fly allowing Beltran to score tying up the score 3-3.

In the top of the 10th Chipper Jones lead of the inning with a single, and he then stole 2nd. Brian McCann was then intentionally walked by Mets closer Fransisco Rodriguez. But both Casey Kotchman and Jeff Francouer flied out to end the inning. In the bottom half of the 10th the Mets got a single and a stolen base from Jose Reyes. And then Alex Cora was intentionally walked. Ramon Castro was called on to pinch hit for the Mets and he drew a walk loading the bases. This brought Carlos Beltran up with bases loaded…and Braves pitcher Jeff Bennett walked him! Once again Jair Jurrjens is hurt by lack of run support and shaky bullpen work!


Tonight’s Box Score


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