The Atlanta Braves received a solid pitching performance from an unexpected source in their most recent contest to help extend their winning streak to a season-best seven games.
Jair Jurrjens’ personal hot stretch also has been impressive given his earlier struggles.
The right-hander looks to remain unbeaten since being recalled from the minors when surging Atlanta hosts former Brave Melky Cabrera and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday night.
The Braves (49-39) completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 6-1 victory Sunday behind six scoreless innings from Ben Sheets, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since July 2010.
Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and is hitting .462 during his seven-game hitting streak, while Chipper Jones went 2 for 4.
“We are ecstatic,” Jones told the team’s official website. “For (Sheets) to come in and build on our winning streak, seven-game winning streaks don’t come along very often. We (have to) keep the ball rolling.”
They seemingly have a good chance of doing so with Jurrjens on the mound.
Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97 ERA) has looked rejuvenated since being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett in late April after going 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in his first four outings. He allowed three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on July 8, improving to 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts since being recalled June 22.