Braves notes: Jurrjens vs. Lester on Friday; Kimbrel-ing again

NEW YORK – In his first major league start since late April, Jair Jurrjens will face Boston left-hander Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) in Friday’s series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Braves are recalling Jurrjens from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in for injured starter Brandon Beachy.

The Braves sent right-hander Todd Redmond back to Gwinnett after Wednesday’s game to open a roster spot for Jurrjens. Redmond was up four days and didn’t get in a game.

Jurrjens was 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA and .411 opponents’ average in four starts for Atlanta before being sent down. He was 3-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 10 starts at Gwinnett, including a one-inning tuneup appearance Tuesday.

In the other pitching matchups at Boston, Randall Delgado starts again Red Sox lefty Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.14) on Saturday, and Mike Minor faces Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38) on Sunday.

Kimbrel-ing again

Closer Craig Kimbrel converted his National League-leading 20th save with a two-strikeout perfect ninth inning Tuesday, extending his string of consecutive scoreless (and utterly dominant) appearances to 15 since May 8.

In that span he’s converted 11 of 11 save opportunities and posted a .061 opponents’ batting average, allowing three hits and two walks with 24 strikeouts in 15 innings while whittling his ERA to 1.38.

“Oh my God, I was watching him [Tuesday] night,” reliever Jonny Venters said. “I said he’s like the dude on the video game that you create and give the highest possible rating. He’s out there pushing Nintendo buttons. He’s fun to watch when he’s locked in.”


The Braves are just 3-7 in their past 10 games, but they’re 6-1 in their past seven road games….

The Braves’ 10 runs were the most allowed by the Yankees in a game this season. They were the last team in the majors to allow at least 10 runs in a game for the first time this season….

The nine homers hit by the Braves and Yankees on Wednesday were the most in any game at the new Yankee Stadium, and tied the record for the most in any home game in Yankees franchise history….

Derek Jeter’s first-pitcher homer in the opening inning was his fourth leadoff homer of the season and 28th of his career, extending his own Yankees franchise record….

Alex Rodriguez’s solo homer in the sixth inning was his 640th and gave him 1,925 RBIs, moving ahead of Jimmie Fox for sole possession of sixth place on the major league career RBI list….

The Braves handed the Yankees their first back-to-back losses since May 28-29 at Anaheim, and dealt them their first series loss since that same series against the Angels.

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June 20th, 2012
5:48 pm

Let’s sweep away those Redsox.


June 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

Jair Jurjjens really need to step up Friday. This team needs him badly right now and he needs to be th guy from early last year.

Tampa Gator

June 20th, 2012
6:05 pm


JJ no longer has the “stuff” he had at the beginning of last year. Let’s just hope he pitches a “crafty” game and gets in at least 6 innings with no more than 3 runs scored. That would be about all we Braves fans could currently hope for from JJ. Of course, we all hope he surprises and pitches a lot better than that. Miracles in baseball do happen.


June 20th, 2012
6:09 pm

Heres hoping that JJ can come back strong.
go braves!

Tampa Gator

June 20th, 2012
6:10 pm

Good to see the Braves take 2 out of 3 from the Yanks in the Bronx. Medlen looked unhittable in the ninth. Still not sure why he is not in the rotation.


June 20th, 2012
6:35 pm

On Venters comparing Kimbrel to the Nintendo video guy that you give all of the highest ratings to, agreed. Now, for you, time to re-set, Johnny.


June 20th, 2012
6:37 pm

Hello Braves fans,
Giants fan here. Just wanted to say that, even for a fan of the competition, it sucks that you guys lost the best pitcher in baseball (Beachy) to Tommy John. He’s a great pitcher and good kid at that. He’ll be just as good if not better when he gets back. Still, losing his talent for the season is terrible news for the Braves and baseball in general. This sucks.


June 20th, 2012
6:48 pm

Another good win today. Good to see Heyward playing good. Now we need a few others to step up. Get back to those days where a different player can carry this team each night.


June 20th, 2012
7:27 pm

JJ, Delgado, and Minor. The 3 pitchers, who futures you have to say are up in the air, all pitching in the same series.

-JJ’s start will be a mystery.
-Delgado will probably pitch good but the O hasn’t been scoring for him and on top they have to face a Lefty AND a guy who hasn’t made many starts (they usually have problems who those types)
-And Minor needs to get back to pitching “complete games” (meaning you can’t go out there and give them 4 shutout and then fall apart giving up 3+ the next. Complete, Minor, start to finishing!)

Boston has scored the 2nd most runs in the Majors behind Texas but maybe the pitching will be effective and the Offense can out slug them since Boston ranks 26 out of 30 in ERA (maybe the top of the order can make use of the Green Monster and their speed)

Nova Scotia Steve

June 20th, 2012
9:13 pm

These rotation outside of Hanson and Hudson is scary.


June 20th, 2012
9:30 pm

What are JJ’s numbers in Gwinnett when his sick game is not included…. ?

urban redneck

June 20th, 2012
9:41 pm

first and foremost, props to jay!!!! i have a bet going that he hits 30. speaking of power, raw dog was released by the brew crew. we do need a power bat…………man, i’m funny today.

couldn’t they have thrown redmond in for one batter or something? c’mon, fredi. he can’t be any worse than everyday jonny right now.


June 20th, 2012
9:48 pm

Watch Minor and Delgardo the last couple of starts ? Any team in the ML would love to have them as 4/5 starters. Just ask the Yankees.


June 20th, 2012
9:52 pm

JJ’s stuff is fine now. Now he needs to get his mind right again.


June 20th, 2012
9:53 pm

U/R, Freeman if healthy may do the same


June 20th, 2012
10:20 pm

What can you do but pull down your cap and tighten up your belt…….


June 21st, 2012
12:05 am

Lets make a swap for Liriano from Minnesota! He still has good stuff, just needs a fresh place to hang his hat, and we could probably get him for a bargain!


June 21st, 2012
12:11 am

Or Maybe Kevin Millwood!


June 21st, 2012
7:12 am

Thanks Giant fan Eric, good thoughts ! Time to step up JJ. Good luck today earn back your spot. Not a Heyward fan, but he is showing signs of living up to the hype, has to be more consistant. Nice having Freddy back.Go Braves

Dr Huer

June 21st, 2012
7:46 am

Slight correction about the long-ago slugger who got passed by ARod on the career-RBI list. His name was Jimmie Foxx, not Fox, which is why his nickname was “Double-X.”

a fan

June 21st, 2012
8:41 am

Foxx was one of the best ever.


June 21st, 2012
8:50 am


We were leaving for Boston tomorrow…gotta see Fenway! Any suggestions while we are there??
See you Sunday!


June 21st, 2012
9:48 am

Jordan Schafer’s batting .239 and has only two fewer stolen bases than Bourn (in 89 fewer AB). What gives?


June 21st, 2012
10:39 am

Facing two Boston lefties we may have problems.

David O'Brien

June 21st, 2012
11:15 am


We were leaving for Boston tomorrow…gotta see Fenway — JipWiz

You’re gonna love it. Such a great ballpark. Nothing quite like it.

Brave New World

June 21st, 2012
12:37 pm

reckingball June 20th, 2012 6:09 pm
Heres hoping that JJ can come back strong.
go braves!

reckingball: I’ll second that!


June 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

The key to the Braves getting better is figuring out what is going on at home that is distracting them. On the road they are focused. At home? They look lost.


June 21st, 2012
3:26 pm

JWOOD – it’s that stupid wave Atlanta fans insist on starting every game while the Braves are at bat.

September 25th, 2013
10:51 pm

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