Jurrjens, fellow starters not working deep

Jurrjens, fellow starters not working deep

Jurrjens, fellow starters not working deep
ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens seemed destined to become the first Braves starter to record an out in the sixth inning this year. The veteran hurler experienced little trouble in the first five innings and was carrying a five-run advantage into the sixth in Friday night's 10-8 win over the Brewers at Turner Field.

But three consecutive hits, including Corey Hart's two-run double, chased Jurrjens before he could record an out in the sixth. He is the third Atlanta starter to enter the sixth and not record an out during the early portion of the season.

"As a group, we've been struggling," Jurrjens said. "We're not really eating innings. We need to step it up and try to help these guys in the bullpen."

Jurrjens needed just 66 pitches to complete the first five innings and the only damage he incurred through this span came courtesy of back-to-back home runs in a three-run second. Feeding off a sold-out crowd, he generated more velocity with his fastball than he has since the start of Spring Training.

Jurrjens' fastball sat around 90 mph and he hit 92 with a fastball that Ryan Braun swung through to end the top of the first.

"I felt like I was throwing really good," Jurrjens said. "The ball was coming out of my hand really well. I'm just glad we won. I don't think I'd have been able to sleep if we had lost this game today."