Jurrjens getting into groove in Minor Leagues

Jurrjens getting into groove in Minor Leagues

ATLANTA -- With the Braves mired in a seven-game losing streak, Jair Jurrjens provided his finest start since being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Jurrjens allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings against Rochester on Sunday afternoon.

"Like night and day," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said after the game.

Jurrjens showed good command with a fastball that rested around 90 mph and touched 93 mph. When the Braves optioned the former All-Star hurler near the end of April, they were looking for him to focus on regaining command and a little life on his fastball.

The Braves will likely allow Jurrjens to build off this performance with at least one more start at the Minor League level. In his two previous starts leading into Sunday, Jurrjens had allowed 16 earned runs in nine innings.

Jurrjens is 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA in six starts for Gwinnett. He posted a 9.37 ERA in four starts with Atlanta before being sent to the Minors.