LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a blink, Jair Jurrjens' final Class AAA tune-up before he heads to Boston and the big leagues ended.
The right-hander, set to start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday against the Boston Red Sox, threw his scheduled one inning start Tuesday for the Gwinnett Braves, his 10th appearance for the minor league club. After striking out the first two batters on nine pitches, Jurrjens walked the next two before ending his 20-pitch, nine strike outing with a long fly ball to left field.
Gwinnett didn't score in the bottom of the first taking Jurrjens out of contention for a decision in the G-Braves 2-1 loss against Indianapolis. It was the fourth straight loss for Gwinnett, which blew a 1-0 lead, capped off by a game-winning RBI double by Gorkys Hernandez. Hernandez, a former Braves prospect, had both RBIs on the night, the other coming on a base-loaded walk.
Jurrjens, who was out of the G-Braves clubhouse by game's end, returns to the big leagues after a mixed stint in the minors. Last year's All-Star Game starter for the National League made nine starts for Gwinnett going 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA. He put together four outings of seven or more innings and lasted less than five three times. On those three occasions he allowed double-digit hits and three of his four losses. He last two starts he tossed at least six innings allowing six runs off 13 hits, striking out seven. A Grand Slam in his final inning of work his last start cost him a shutout.
Against the Red Sox on Friday, Jurrjens will face a team hitting .268, third best in major league baseball.
Jurrjens gave way to Buddy Carlyle who pitched a dominant four innings. The right-hander struck out six and allowed just two hits with one walk. The four innings were the most this season for Carlyle and so were his 61 pitches.
"It's a situation at this level you get some strange circumstance," Carlyle said. "I am grateful for every inning I can get."
And he got a season high Tuesday, something he was prepared for.
"When they told me what the situation was, you think, looking at the bullpen, that it going to be what's going to happen," said Carlyle, who prepared to throw about 60 pitches. "My arm felt fine. I was a little tired."
Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a small two-out rally. Stefan Gatrell singled and then stole second base, setting up the go-ahead RBI triple by Felix Pie. It was Pie's fourth triple of the season and it came with two strikes.
The lead stood until the top of the second when the G-Braves' third pitcher of the night, Dusty Hughes walked Gorkys Hernandez with the bases loaded and one out. Hughes allowed a double and walked a batter before Chase d'Arnaud reached on an error by Lance Zawadzki. After the walk, Hughes struck out Starling Marte and got Jeff Clement to ground out to keep the game tied 1-1.
Outside of the one run, Indianapolis starter Jef Locke turned in a good performance, allowing the run off eight hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over six innings. The former Braves minor leaguer threw exactly 100 pitches and lowered his ERA to 3.16. Gwinnett stranded seven runners in the game, including two in the eighth inning.