After the Rockies released him at the end of the 2015 season, Jair Jurrjens went looking for a new employer. He found one in the Uni President 7-Eleven Lions of the CPBL in Taiwan.
After a relative short preparation on the 2016 season, as he only signed with the team last month, Jurrjens had his first start today.
In the game vs the Chinatrust Brothers Elephants, Jurrjens lasted six innings in which he kept the opponent in check. He allowed six runners on base, of which two thanks to a walk. He struck out one and kept the Elephants from scoring.
At the start of the seventh inning, Jurrjens was pulled with an 8-0 lead.
Eventually the Lions scored three more runs to win the game 11-0.
The previous day, the Elephants won their game (11-13) by hitting seventeen (!) base hits.
Jurrjens is the third pitcher of the Dutch Kingdom who plays in the CPBL. Pitchers Rob Cordemans, Diegomar Markwell, Shairon Martis and fielder Ivanon Coffie preceded him. Markwell did not last very long as he was hit hard. Eventually it became clear that his catcher told the opponents which pitch was coming as he was involved in a gambling syndicate.
Jurrjens broke into the Majors with the Detroit Tigers in 2007. But he would become famous with the Braves after the Tigers sent him to that club in a trade. In 2011 he had his best season as he posted a 13-6 record in 23 starts and a 2.96 ERA.
After his numbers declined due to nagging injuries he signed with the Orioles on a minor league contract and later he signed with the Rockies under the same conditions.