National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, May 2nd (All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (13-14) at Atlanta Braves (14-15), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 5.70) Atlanta - Jair Jurrjens (2-0, 1.23)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jair Jurrjens looks to continue a strong early season tonight, when the Atlanta Braves open a four-game series with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field.
The Curacao-born veteran of 95 major-league starts has pitched three times in 2011 after being limited to 20 starts by injury last season.
He tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits in a 4-0 defeat of the New York Mets on April 16.
He allowed a single run on seven hits while getting a no-decision at Los Angeles five days later, then went the nine-inning route in an 8-2 drubbing of San Diego in his last start April 26.
In that start, the first complete game of his career, Jurrjens scattered nine hits, allowed two runs and struck out four.
His earned run average is 1.23 through 22 innings, more than two runs better than his career mark of 3.43 in 572 1/3 innings.
Jurrjens has split two lifetime decisions against the Brewers.
For Milwaukee, righty Yovani Gallardo gets a chance to repeat his gem of early 2011.
The 25-year-old Mexican export allowed just two hits while tossing a shutout at the Braves on April 5 in Milwaukee, walking a pair of batters and striking out two.
The 1-0 verdict was his third win in three career decisions against Atlanta. He's faced the Braves five times and has surrendered only 16 hits and four runs in 37 1/3 inning -- a 0.96 ERA.
Gallardo has been shelled by other foes in four starts since the shutout, giving up 10 hits twice and allowing 21 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings.
The Brewers are 2-4 in games he's pitched.
On Sunday in Atlanta, Brooks Conrad's pinch-hit run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth was the difference as the Braves edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, in the finale of a three-game set.
Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and scored the winning run for the Braves, who dropped the first two games of the series and have split their last six overall.
Martin Prado and Brandon Hicks each knocked in a run.
Atlanta starter Derek Lowe allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out five in five innings, but did not factor in the decision.
In Houston, Carlos Lee belted a three-run homer in support of Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris on the way to a 5-0 win over the Brewers.
Chris Narveson (1-2) gave up four runs on seven hits and fanned seven over six full frames for the Brewers.
05/02 10:33:24 ET