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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Braves Turn Close Game Into Laugher, Beat Pirates


The Braves rode good starting pitching, timely hitting, and a big inning to their first win of the season, defeating the Pirates 10-2.

Jair Jurrjens made his first appearance in a Braves uniform and started out very well. He went into the sixth inning and kept the Braves in the lead, but left with two men on base and a one-run lead. Jurrjens struck out five Pirates in total and allowed two runs, both on a single by Xavier Nady in the sixth.

The Braves got on the board when Chipper Jones drove in Martin Prado from third with a single, and then drove him in again later in the third with a sacrifice fly. Matt Diaz provided the "game-winning" RBI in the fourth inning with a solo home run. (Author's note: That's part of the reason why he's the Silver Star. I know that's nuts, but for some reason, I wasn't comfortable with Escobar being a star.)

The eighth inning had another bullpen shuffle as Braves manager Bobby Cox played matchup baseball, using three pitchers. Chris Resop was able to finish the inning after Peter Moylan and Royce Ring (who played the LOOGY role) pitched before him. In the bottom of the inning, the Braves exploded for seven runs, with Mark Teixeira and Yunel Escobar driving in five runs total with home runs.

The Braves complete their series with Pittsburgh tomorrow. Mike Hampton will be making his first start since the 2005 season, going up against former rookie sensation Zach Duke.

W - Jair Jurrjens (1-0)
L - Tom Gorzelanny (0-1)
HR - Matt Diaz (1)
Mark Teixeira (1)
Yunel Escobar (1)

Gold - P Jair Jurrjens, ATL - 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, wins in Braves debut
Silver - LF Matt Diaz, ATL - 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Bronze - 2B Martin Prado, ATL - 2-4, 3B, 3 R, BB, RBI

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