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Jair Jurrjens Shaky, Offense Quiet in Loss to New York Mets

April 7th, 2012 at 7:37 PM
By Cody Fields

Jair Jurrjens provided some optimism for the Atlanta Braves with his final two Spring Training starts, but he lasted only 4 1/3 innings in his first start since Aug. 30.

Jurrjens took the loss to the New York Mets in the 4-2 ballgame Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. He was able to work around a two-out double in the second inning and two one with two out in the third, but a David Wright homer in the first and a Lucas Duda bomb in the fourth provided the initial damage by the Mets. The home run by Duda with one out started a difficult frame for Jurrjens, who threw a total of 25 pitches in the inning.

It would then take Jurrjens 17 pitches to get Wright to ground out to begin the fifth and then walk Ike Davis and give up a single to Jason Bay, paving the way for Livan Hernandez to make his Braves debut. He would allow Davis to score on a Josh Thole single, but after Jurrjens left a mess after throwing 102 pitches, that was all the damage Hernandez allowed.

The Braves, meanwhile, barely touched knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who surrendered four walks in his six innings. The only runs he gave up, however, came off a two-run homer by Martin Prado in the fifth inning.

Duda would add another solo homer off Chad Durbin the seventh to cap off the game's scoring.

In all, Atlanta went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, but their first missed opportunity came after Michael Bourn doubled to lead off the game. Prado moved him over with a groundout to the right side, but during Brian McCann's at-bat, a pitch got a way from Thole. Replays seemed to show Bourn getting under a tag from Dickey, but he was called out to kill any potential rally.

The Braves may have avoided being shutout in the first two games of the season, but they have now scored two runs or fewer in eight of their last 13 games dating back to 2011.

Mike Minor will attempt to avoid a sweep Sunday against Jonathon Niese in a 1:10 p.m. start.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, David Wright, Jair Jurrjens, Livan Hernandez, Lucas Duda, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn, MLB, R.A. Dickey

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