Breaking down Friday's pitching gems

July, 2, 2011
7/02/11
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There were a number of strong performances on the mound Friday. Here’s an in-depth look at how some of Friday’s pitchers got the job done:

Jair Jurrjens
Jurrjens
How Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens shut out Baltimore:
• Jurrjens kept the ball down, with 63 of his 112 pitches (56.3 percent) tracked down in the zone or below it. Jurrjens got 15 of his outs and six of his eight strikeouts on low pitches. For the season, Jurrjens is 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five starts this season when more than 50 percent of his pitches are low.

• Jurrjens took advantage of a generous strike zone. He got 11 called strikes on pitches out of the strike zone, tying his most in a start in the last three seasons. Six of Jurrjens' eight strikeouts came on pitches out of the zone, tying his most in a start in the past three seasons. Five of those strikeouts were on pitches the Orioles chased out of the zone.

Justin Masterson
Masterson
How Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson beat Cincinnati:
• Masterson benefited from a Reds lineup that included just three left-handed hitters, matching the fewest against Masterson this season. Entering Friday, left-handers were hitting .313 against Masterson, while righties were hitting just .189 this season. But Friday, lefties were 1-for-9 with two double plays against Masterson.

• Including double plays, Masterson got 13 outs on groundballs, his most in a start since his first start of the season, on April 3.

Alexi Ogando
Ogando
How Texas Rangers starter Alexi Ogando rebounded against Florida:
• Ogando's slider was an important pitch for him Friday. Thirty-five of his 102 pitches (34.3 percent) were sliders, his second-highest percentage of the season. With two strikes, 57.6 percent of Ogando's pitches were sliders, the first start of his career where more than half of his two-strike pitches were sliders.

• Six of Ogando's strikeouts were with his slider, three more than in any of his previous starts this season. Marlins hitters were 2-for15 in
at-bats ending with an Ogando slider.

• He started 20 of 27 hitters with a first-pitch strike (74.1 percent), the highest percentage of his career. He went to just one 2-0 count, matching the low of any of his previous starts.

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