After looking terrible in the first month and a half of the season, Edwin Jackson had put together four of five strong starts. That all came to a crashing halt Tuesday night as Jackson reverted to his old ways against the Atlanta Braves in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 7-5 loss at Chase Field. Jackson never looked sharp, giving up a run in the first inning and eventually surrendering four earned runs in six innings.
With both starting pitchers gone by the end of the sixth inning, the Braves' bullpen outpitched the D-Backs' bullpen down the stretch, giving up just two hits and a run over the final four innings. Meanwhile, the relieving trio of Blaine Boyer, Esmerling Vasquez, and Juan Gutierrez each gave up one run in the one inning they worked. Gutierrez's season in hell continued as he pitched the ninth inning and the D-Backs trailing only 6-5. He allowed two hits, issued a walk, and even served up a wild pitch to raise his ERA to (gulp) 10.24 on the season.
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