CHICAGO -- After keeping a rotation spot courtesy of Jair Jurrjens' demotion to the Minor League level, Randall Delgado concluded April with a second consecutive disappointing performance. But since then, the young pitcher has rewarded the patience Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez showed him.
"His learning curve is a short one," Gonzalez said. "You ask him to do stuff and fix it up and learn. It's nice to see him pitch every fifth day."
Delgado allowed nine earned runs while totaling just 9 2/3 innings in his final two April starts. Unfazed, the 22-year-old pitcher began May with a a career-long eight-inning effort that was completed less than 24 hours after the Braves had taxed their bullpen in an 11-inning win over the Phillies.
Feeding off the momentum of that start, Delgado limited the Cubs to one hit through the first five innings of Tuesday night's 3-1 win. But he did not gain a decision for his 5 2/3-inning effort after allowing Alfonso Soriano to end an eight-pitch at-bat with a game-tying single.
"Delgado has been battling and pitching great," Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said. "[Tuesday night] he really pitched his butt off and gave us a chance to win. I hate that we couldn't get him a 'W.' He's a great kid and just wants to win."