Red Sox 1, Braves 4: Stunned By Jair Jurrjens

BOSTON, MA - June 22: Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of the game at Fenway Park on June 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

There's really no explaining what just happened. Carrying an ERA over 9.00 into the night (and greater than 5.00 in Triple-A), Jurrjens threw 7.2 innings of one-run baseball, allowing all of three hits in the process.

Jon Lester would claim that the difference between his night and Jurrjens' was that his good pitches were put into play and fell in for hits, and that Jurrjens' were not or did not. And to some extent that's right, but at least in my mind this was far from just luck.

Watching Lester tonight he certainly knew where he wanted to put the ball. The problem is so did the Braves. With a very wide strike zone, Lester tried to pound the outside part of the plate, and to his credit he did a lot of that. The problem was that he perhaps did it too much. From the beginning, when Brian McCann took a low-and-away cutter and cued it into the outfield for a single, the Braves seemed to be able to sit outside, covering the area away which could have been Lester's bread and butter if he'd just backed them off some more.

Instead, Lester was predictable, and the Braves took advantage, picking up hit after hit after hit.

The result of it all was a bizarre, frustrating game with only a small bit of light in doubles from Will MIddlebrooks and Daniel Nava in the eighth inning that got the Sox on the board. Of course, Mark Melancon gave the run right back in the next inning, and Craig Kimbrel quickly extreminated any hopes of another late rally because that's what he does.

It's a disappointing end to a five-game winning streak--one that shouldn't have happened based on the pitching matchup. The Sox will have to put this one behind them, however. Having made their way back to three games over .500, they can hardly afford a slump like they had the last time they reached this point.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker