May 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens was perfect through 5.2 innings and the Braves first two hitters hit home runs to begin the bottom half of the first. Joe Blanton opposed Jurrjens and actually pitched well but only lasted five innings. He ended up with 5/1 K/BB and only allowed runs on the back-to-back homers.
Jurrjens performance through the first seven innings was tremendous. He had no walks to that point in the game and had only allowed two base runners, which came in the form of a Michael Martinez single and Jimmy Rollins double. Rollins attempted to run to third, changed his mind, and tried to draw Chipper into interfering with him. He was called out, and at that point it was 2-1 Braves.
In the bottom half of that inning, the sixth, the Braves scored two additional runs due to an Uggla walk, Freeman single, pitching change which brought in Kyle Kendrick, Gonzalez fly out, infield bunt single by Ross, Jurrjens walk, Prado single. Weird inning.
Jurrjens started to lose it in the eighth, as he issued his first walk of the game and a double. Both runners ended up scoring after Jurrjens left, leaving his line at 7.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K. His control has been astonishing this season.
Craig Kimbrel struck out two and walked one as he saved his ninth game. Ryan Howard almost put runners on first and second with one out, but Chipper Jones – playing on the opposite side of second base in the shift – cut off a ball that was headed to centerfield and flipped it to Gonzalez for a force out. Uggla also made a great defensive play earlier in the game to keep the perfect game in tact. Jurrjens was hit with a line drive in his leg and Uggla was able to charge in and make a great barehanded play. Rubber game tomorrow with Halladay and Hudson starting should be interesting.
Edit: In the bottom of the seventh, for some reason, Charlie Manuel decided to intentionally walk Alex Gonzalez with men on second and third and two outs in order to face David Ross. It ended up working out for them as Ross grounded out to shortstop, but that is one of the poorer decisions I have seen a manager make this year.