Jair Jurrjens didn't have the greatest of performances on July 3, but he did enough to help lead the Atlanta Braves to a 10-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Jurrjens tied a season high by allowing nine hits with two walks in five shutout innings, but unlike the other nine hit performance, he picked up the win. While he did more than his part to get the Braves another win, it was the offensive performance of three stars that helped secure and advance the Atlanta lead.
On the same day the future Hall of Famer was told he would be competing in his eighth All Star Game, Jones warranted his selection to the team. He went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and a stolen base, raising his average to .313. Jones was one of the five players competing in the Final Vote competition in the National League, but was selected to replace the injured outfielder, Matt Kemp.
Bourn continues to wow Atlanta fans and make them hope he won't demand an insane pay increase following the 2012 season. He went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored, once again playing to the role of offensive firecracker. He raised his average to .305 and continues to try to impress the fans in his bid to win the Final Vote.
During the offseason, there was talk that the Braves were looking to deal Prado, but with his performance this season, I think most Atlanta fans are happy he is still wearing the tomahawk on his chest. He had just one hit, but he drove in two runs late in the game to cap the Braves victory.
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Hobson Lopes has been a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, thanks to TBS, and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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