Chipper moves past “The Mick” on RBIs list

SAN DIEGO — As a boy growing up, Larry Wayne Jones Sr. was such a fan of Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle that he later decided he would teach his own son to switch-hit.

Chipper Jones learned well.

With a run-scoring groundout in the first inning of a 7-0 win against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, the Braves third baseman moved past Mantle into sole possession of second place on the career RBIs list for switch-hitters. He added a two-run triple in the second.

Jones, who turned 39 on Sunday, has 1,512 RBIs — second to Eddie Murray’s 1,917 among switch-hitters. Mantle had 1,509. He pulled even with Mantle late Tuesday with a two-run homer in the first inning of an 8-2 win at San Diego.

“It always feels good tying Mick,” Jones said after that game. “I just finally ran into one. Got into a predictable count [1-and-0] and got us off on the right foot.”

It was the third home run this season and 439th of his career for Jones, who is third on the switch-hitters’ homer list behind Mantle (536) and Murray (504).

After passing Larry Sr.’s boyhood idol Wednesday, Jones was asked if he would call his dad to let him know.

“He texted me last night and texted me today, so I don’t even have to,” he said, smiling. “I grew up in the shadow of Mickey Mantle my whole youth. I could sense that he and mom were welling up last night when I tied him, so I can imagine what it was like today.”

Jones moved into a tie with Carlos Delgado for 49th on the overall RBIs list with 1,512.

Jurrjens goes the distance

Jair Jurrjens had made only one start at San Diego before Tuesday, and it was the worst of his career: eight runs, eight hits allowed in 3 1/3 innings April 12, 2008.

A year and two weeks later, he pitched his first complete game and the first nine-inning complete game by any Braves pitcher since 2009.

He sailed through five innings in only 45 pitches and finished with 81 strikes in 114 pitches. He allowed two runs, eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

“I’m just having fun,” said Jurrjens (2-0), who has a 1.23 ERA in three starts since returning from a season-opening stint on the disabled list for a strained oblique.

He was limited to 20 starts in 2010 by a string of injuries that began with a shoulder strain before spring training and ended with torn knee cartilage that kept him out of the playoffs. Now, he’s finally healthy and throwing hard.

“I think by missing [time] last year, being able to play again, I’m like a little kid out there just trying to have fun and throw strikes,” he said.

13 comments Add your comment

Aceman

April 27th, 2011
9:16 pm

chippers going to have an amazing season…i cant wait

Dan

April 27th, 2011
9:19 pm

northbeach Scott

April 27th, 2011
9:21 pm

Chipper looks hungry, motivated and happy. Good to see him healthy and playing good ball.

Jurrjens was really efficient throught the first 7 innings. I doubt old Booby would have given him the chance at a complete game. Nice work their by Fredi to let Jurrjens shine.

jp

April 27th, 2011
9:25 pm

this offense can be so good if the bottom of the lineup do their jobs. Freeman, gonzalez and mclouth are going to make the difference this season

Kat

April 27th, 2011
9:37 pm

Love the quote from Chipper on his mom and dad.

Dennis Reynolds

April 27th, 2011
9:46 pm

I wonder what McDowells boyfriend thinks of all these allegations.

Tokyo jacket

April 27th, 2011
11:18 pm

It’s going to be fun to be a Braves fan this year. I knew the bats wouldn’t stay asleep for too long. This is going to be a very potent line-up with some EXCELLENT pitching behind them. I can’t wait for summer when the bats really heat up.

Tokyo jacket

April 27th, 2011
11:27 pm

jp, you’re right on man. The 6, 7, and 8 guys are going to come up with a lot of people on base. There will be quite a few RBI opportunities for the bottom of the order.

Elmer Fudd

April 28th, 2011
12:18 am

Congrats Chipper. we love you.

Bama Fan#2

April 28th, 2011
4:50 am

Congrats Chipper!!!!!!!! McDowell made a hugh error in saying what he said. I don’t agree
with that lifestyle but you have to be careful what you say or do in public these days.
GO BRAVES!!

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SCBravesfan

April 28th, 2011
7:30 am

Way to go Chipper!

Brave New World

April 28th, 2011
10:17 am

Chipper looks like a man on a mission. If he continues playing all (140 games would be great) of 2011 the way he has started, he is going to put up some very big numbers. Chipper is showing us the difference between very good ball players and the handful of great ones, of which he is one.

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