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2011 Atlanta Braves Season Recap
By Atlanta Braves Baseball Tickets Staff Writer: A. Hintz
The Atlanta Braves (89-73) season was filled with up and down moments, but countless Braves had great runs during the year. Through the team's inconsistencies, we found these great moments:
Jair Jurrjens's amazing first half. From the moment Jurrjens made his first start of the year through the All-Star break, there was nobody better. At the break, Jurrjens was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA and was one of the big reasons why the Braves had a steady lead on the NL wild card. He had his share of struggles in the second half, but nobody can take away his first-half accomplishments.
Dan Uggla was the Braves' prized offseason acquisition. He hit safely in 33 games where, at the start of the streak he was hitting .173 and was hitting .231 when it was over. The longest streak in MLB since 2006 also saw Uggla hit 15 home runs and drive in 32 runs.
Craig Kimbrel threw 37 2/3 scoreless innings that spanned 38 appearances. The rookie closer had one of the best seasons of any rookie in MLB history. Unfortunately, the streak ended in extra innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 10, putting the Cards one game closer in the NL wild card race and, now, as a team in the World Series.
Tim Hudson hit a home run, a two-run shot, off Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero. He also threw eight shut-out innings during the 2-0 victory.