G-Braves Notes for 6.8.12 at Lehigh Valley

Jurrjens will try and snap Gwinnett’s four-game losing streak tonight. (Karl Moore/Gwinnett Braves)

Everything I said in yesterday’s post about turning things around can be repeated about tonight’s game.  For six and a half innings of last night’s game, it looked like Kris Medlen and the G-Braves were going to halt the slide.  Medlen turned in 5.0 scoreless innings, his first scoreless start since 2009 while also with Gwinnett, and the G-Braves held a 2-0 lead heading to stretch time.  After the bottom of the seventh, Lehigh Valley had struck for five runs in an inning that featured a hit-by-pitch, missed catch error, wild pitch and balk.  The IronPigs went on to a 5-2 win.

So now it’s Jair Jurrjens’ turn to play the role of stopper.  The G-Braves haven’t lost five-straight this season, and if they don’t want to reach that point tonight, it’ll be on Jurrjens to look more like that 8.0-inning ace from May 27 than the struggling pitcher that allowed 10 runs and three homers his last time out on June 1.  Meanwhile, the lineup has got to produce more than the four runs they’ve scored over the first three games of this series.  Facing left-hander Pat Misch (3-8, 5.01) tonight might be the cure to what ails the bats, but keep in mind that Misch is looking to end a three-game losing streak of his own and pitched fairly well against Gwinnett despite a loss on May 29 (7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER).

Tonight’s Game Notes: 6.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch from Coca-Cola Park is up at 7:05 PM, listen in on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

-DL

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