Braves-Blue Jays: Atlanta Sweeps Toronto; McCann Homers Twice

Brian WolffCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Catcher Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves looks to the dugout against the Washington Nationals April 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, May 24—The Braves had Jair Jurrjens on the mound who has been superb thus far in his second full season. They Braves ended up providing more than enough offense for any pitcher that might take the mound.

Atlanta got things going in the first inning, with solo home runs by both Kelly Johnson and Brian McCann to make it 2-0.

In the top of the fourth, the division-leading Blue Jays would get one back.

Vernon Wells started things off with a single to left. He then stole second and third on consecutive pitches despite a great amount of attention from Jurrjens.  Jose Bautista then it a roller to shortstop, scoring Wells to cut the Braves lead to 2-1.

Wells had a great game leading the Blue Jays going two-for-four, scoring twice, and the two consecutive stolen bases.

Jurrjens lead the National League in 2008 in stolen bases allowed for starting pitchers. Wells is eight-for-eight in stolen bases this season.

Batting in the fifth, Jurrjens appeared to pull a muscle. It seemed like it may have had an impact on the hurler as he got into trouble in the sixth.

Wells collected his second hit, a rocket of a double to center to lead off the inning. Adam Lind grounded out to second, moving Wells over to third.  

Bautista then walked before before Lyle Overbay hit a bloop single into shallow center, scoring Wells.  Raul Chavez lined out to end the inning, tying the game at two apiece.

The seventh inning stretch was just what the doctor ordered for the Braves as they came out swinging.  

With one out, Jeff Francoeur and Diory Hernandez laced singles to left, putting runners on first and second. Jays reliever Shawn Camp was removed after walking Jordan Schafer to load the bases.

Facing new pitcher Jason Frasor, Chipper Jones hit a scorching line drive that glanced off the glove of first baseman Lyle Overbay for an RBI single as Francoeur scored from third. Johnson then hit a 0-2 pitch for ground-rule double as it bounced over the center field wall. Jones had to stop at third as Hernandez and Schafer scored.

Casey Kotchman was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Garret Anderson hit a sacrifice to center, scoring Schafer for a 6-2 Braves lead.

Then on Brian McCann promotional bat day, McCann finally took advantage of the base runners the way the fans wanted, hitting a three-run homer to right, capping a seven-run seventh inning with the Braves up 9-2.

The Braves picked up another run in the eighth on a single by Hernandez, a double by Schafer, and an RBI groundout by Greg Norton, extending the Braves lead to 10-2.

The Braves finished with 10 runs on 13 hits and committed one error.  The Blue Jays scored two runs on 10 hits.

Toronto, on a six game losing streak, fell a half game behind Boston who beat the Mets 12-5.

Atlanta kept pace with Philadelphia sitting a game and a half behind the division leaders, tied for second with the Mets.

Johnson collected three hits in the game; a single, a double and a home run. McCann was 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI.

This was the third time the Braves had swept a series this season, and the first time they have ever swept the Blue Jays