Tuesday, April 26
(12-13) Atlanta Braves - 8
(9-15) San Diego Padres - 2
Several storylines dominated an 8-2 win for the Braves, a victory that evened the series in San Diego.
Jair Jurrjens pitched his first career complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits over nine innings, walking two and striking out four. He threw 114 pitches, including 81 strikes, and induced 14 groundouts.
At a couple points during his outing: through two innings, Jurrjens had 11 pitches and 10 strikes. Through five innings, he threw 46 pitches, including just 10 balls. It was one of the most efficient outings of his career - perhaps the most efficient considering it was his first complete game.
Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and the two RBIs gave him 1,509 for his career, tying Mickey Mantle for 50th all time. The milestones continue to come in for Chipper this season.
David Ross hit two home runs and drove in four. Both shots came on fastballs left up by Aaron Harang, and both were deposited in the left field stands, one in the upper level. Ross now has as many home runs as Brian McCann.
Chipper's homer in the first was worth .196 WPA, the biggest swing in the game. Ross' was worth .091 in the second inning. The Padres answered in the fourth on Orlando Hudson's RBI triple to bring them to within two, worth .105 WPA.
Alex Gonzalez singled in two in the sixth for a .048 WPA mark, followed by a two-run home run by Ross for a .042 mark. It was easy cruising for the Braves after that due to a seven-run lead until the ninth.
Stat of the Day:
Jair Jurrjens reached 103 pitches in the ninth. Aaron Harang reached 103 in the sixth.
The Game Changer:
Chipper Jones hits a two-run home run in the first inning for a 2-0 lead, worth .196 WPA.
(ATL) Chipper Jones: .212
(ATL) Jair Jurrjens: .153
(SD) Orlando Hudson: .139
(SD) Aaron Harang: -.348
(SD) Brad Hawpe: -.119
(SD) Ryan Ludwick: -.062
For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Padres fans check out Gaslamp Ball.