This is exactly what Jair Jurrjens needed.
In turn, this is exactly what the Braves wanted to see from Jurrjens.
And it would have been tough to find anyone who could have predicted this kind of a performance from a guy who spent the past eight weeks in minor league exile.
I thought he would get rocked and rolled and be gone by the third inning.
But there was Jurrjens on Friday night, recalled by the Braves out of necessity, facing the red-hot Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Somehow, Jurrjens rediscovered the touch, the magic that made him one of the Braves' most consistent starters for most of the past four years.
He made Boston's bats disappear for the better part of 7 23 innings in his first major-league start since April 23, giving the Braves hope that Jurrjens can fill the massive void left in their rotation when Brandon Beachy was lost for the year after having Tommy John surgery.
Jurrjens needed help from his bullpen as the Braves stopped the Red Sox' five-game win...