Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Through 5 innings, Jair Jurrjens threw effective, shutout baseball.
But then he walked his first batter of the game and then another to load the bases with one out of a scoreless game.
Jurrjens struck out the next Clipper batter and on a 1-2 pitch looked to strikeout Russ Canzler. The called ball drew some boos and a frustrated walk around the mound for Jurrjens. More frustration followed.
Canzler took the next pitch well over the wall to straightaway center field breaking a scoreless game open with a grand slam. The four runs were the difference in the 4-0 loss for the G-Braves against Columbus starter Corey Kluber, who finished his seven-hit shutout over seven innings. The right-hander walked just one batter and didn't allow a runner past second base, needing just 88 pitches and striking out five.
The scoreless game was just the third of the season for the G-Braves, whose team batting average of .246 ranks near the bottom of the International League.
Until the homer, Jurrjens took advantage of some solid defense, especially by centerfielder Luis Durango who tracked down six fly balls, including a few running grabs. Jurrjens returned for the seventh inning, retiring the first two batters before ending his night allowing a single to Cord Phelps. One Jose Lugo pitch later, the inning was over. Jurrjens ended his 6 innings after allowing four runs off seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. It was his second straight outing pitching at least six innings and third in four starts.