Jair Jurrjens pitched the worst game of his season tonight and the offense consisted of three players from the Braves' Opening Day lineup. I guess it's not that big of a surprise the club lost it's second straight game.
Jurrjens struggled from the first inning on and was probably lucky to allow just the four runs. He wasn't fooling any of the New York hitters and they hit him early and often. And in very odd fashion, Jair inexplicably walked five Mets batters while striking out just three. That's pretty uncommon for a guy who came into the game with the best ERA in the Majors.
Jonathon Niese started for New York and he pitched 6.1 strong innings. He allowed just five hits and no walks and limited Atlanta to just two runs. He struck out four on the night. He left the game with runners on first and second, but Tim Byrdak came in to strikeout Brian McCann and Diory Hernandez.
With the score 4-2 in the eighth, Dan Uggla lined a home run over the left field wall to cut the deficit to just one run. Chipper Jones followed by putting a big charge into a ball towards right field, but Carlos Beltran made a jumping catch at the wall to rob Chipper of at least a double. The Braves were unable to mount a rally against closer Francisco Rodriguez and fell 4-3.
It'll be Dillion Gee against Tim Hudson on Wednesday night. Jason Heyward could potentially make his return to Atlanta, so be on the lookout for that. We need him.