Really, they’re trying. Lots!
Jurrjens gave up a couple of early runs, then settled down, as has been his wont of late. The Braves couldn’t get him a lead, but did manage to get him off the hook. Well, KJ did — he hit a two-run homer in the sixth to tie it up. He then tried to get a lead, leading off the eighth with a double and getting to third on an error. But he couldn’t score, getting nailed at the plate on a one-out grounder.
Jeff Bennett stunk up the joint in the eighth to get the loss, giving up a single to the leadoff man and then moving him to third with a horrible pickoff throw. He scored on a one-out grounder, then Tavarez came in to give up a three-run homer to put the game away. This is still a pretty lousy ballclub.
Chipper didn’t start, but had a single as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He is hitting .364 with a .468 OBP. The Cardinals started late; Pujols is 0-1 with a walk.