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Jurrjens pitches 8 strong innings for G-Braves

POSTED: May 6, 2012 5:50 p.m.

After falling 11-2 to Charlotte on Saturday night, the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves evened the score and earned a series split with a 6-2 victory over the Knights on Sunday at Coolray Field.

Right-hander Jair Jurrjens was the story of the game, working eight solid innings for the win. A three-run first inning gave Jurrjens all the support he’d need to defeat the Knights.

Jurrjens (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out three hitters, while walking just one en route to his first victory with Gwinnett this season. All the damage off the right-hander occurred in the second inning, and he shut down the Charlotte hitting for the next six frames. Jurrjens finished with 95 pitches, 61 for strikes.

After allowing three early runs to the Knights in the previous night’s loss, the G-Braves returned the favor with a three-run first inning. Jose Constanza led off the game with a double, then came around to score on Stefan Gartrell’s RBI single. With the run driven in, Gartrell extended his RBI streak to five games.

Immediately following the Gartrell hit, Ernesto Mejia deposited his fourth home run of the season to straightaway center. The two-run blast off Knights’ right-hander Terry Doyle gave the G-Braves a 3-0 lead heading to the top of the second inning.


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