Johnson was up to his usual tricks on Friday night as he allowed two baserunners in a one-run ball game, but managed to work out of trouble for his fifth save. With Arodys Vizciano still sidelined, Johnson should continue to receive save chances, as least for short-term purposes, although another outing or two like this one could force the Braves to try out Mauricio Cabrera in the ninth inning, considering they have nothing to lose at this point in the season.
After serving up seven run in his previous outing, Jenkins managed to get himself back on track Friday night as he allowed just one run, which was of the unearned variety. Now sitting 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and a 20:6 K:BB rate through 29.1 innings, Jenkins still has some work to do before gaining lasting fantasy value, but this performance was at least a step in the right direction for the Braves' 24-year-old. He will look to build off this outing when he takes on the Pirates on Thursday.
Velasquez was a tough luck loser on Friday night, as he managed to allowed just two runs through six innings but was given little to no run support from his offense in his third straight start. Despite a tough stretch for the Phillies' youngster, Velasquez has had a solid first season with the club, as he is now sitting 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and a 108:36 K:BB rate through 97.2 innings, so if he can find a way to start limiting his walks on more of a regular basis, he will only get better from here while already being a great source of strikeouts (9.95 K/9). He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Giants on Thursday.