Chipper’s two-run homer lifts Braves over Arizona

For a while this season, the Braves couldn’t seem to win without Chipper Jones in the lineup. He recaptured a little of that sentiment Wednesday night, when they wouldn’t have won without him.

Jones reasserted his presence in the lineup with a two-run home run, his first in nearly two months, and it proved the difference in a 6-4 win over Arizona.

“It’s a situation where this is a big point in the season and I think for us, I need to be vocal, I need to be upbeat, I need to be producing, all those things,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Tommy Hanson didn’t make it look quite as easy as Tim Hudson did Tuesday night, but he got the same result, pitching deep into the game and leading the Braves to a second straight win over Arizona.

Hanson threw six shutout innings before giving the Diamondbacks some pitches they could sink their teeth into, and he used a six-run cushion to hold them off when they did. Ryan Roberts hit a three-run home run with one out in the seventh on Hanson’s last pitch of the night, and Chris Young hit a pinch hit solo shot off Jonny Venters, but the Braves held on from there.

“When you have days like that I wish you could go a little bit more than 6 1/3 (innings) but it just didn’t work out today,” Hanson said. “But I felt really good all game.”

Dan Uggla snared a hard hit grounder and fed Andrelton Simmons for a dynamic double play in the eighth inning to rescue Eric O’Flaherty, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side to nail it down with his 22nd save.

“That goes to show you what kind of guy Dan Uggla is,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He is struggling with the bat and he doesn’t let [it affect him] on the field. He made a hell of a double play. If we don’t turn that, we still may be playing.”

The Braves will try to sweep Thursday night with Jair Jurrjens on the mound to for his second start since returning from Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have won five of six games overall this season against Arizona.

“It starts with the starting pitching,” Jones said. “Huddy and Tommy did their jobs. Tommy made really one bad pitch tonight but he was rewarded with a win. Now we’ve got to get some consistency out of the back three spots and if we do that, we’re going to win some games.”

Hanson did his best to heed manager Gonzalez’s call to work deep into games in these final 13 games before the All-Star break with an economical first six innings. He induced seven groundball outs and had thrown only 90 pitches when he left the game.

The Braves have won each of Hanson’s past five starts, while he’s gone 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA, and he leads the Braves’ staff with nine wins.

“I thought the first six innings it was the best I’ve seen him pitch in a long time,” Gonzalez said.

Jones duplicated some good work of his own in this series, following up a three-hit night Tuesday with the two-run homer Wednesday. It was Jones’ first since May 4 in Colorado and the first real pop he’s shown at the plate since returning from the disabled list with a severely bruised ankle.

Jones had taken two balls deep to left field in the first two games of the series, but both were caught on the warning track. But he gave the first-pitch offering from Trevor Cahill a ride to straightaway center field in the sixth for his sixth home run of the year.

Jones also worked back from an 0-2 count in the fifth inning to draw a leadoff walk and start a three-run rally against Cahill, who had three walks and a throwing error in the inning.

“Finally got my swing right,” Jones said. “Feeling good, got some confidence. I got a good pitch to hit right there in a big spot and centered it.”

Jason Heyward homered for the sixth time in his past 17 games (16 starts) to give the Braves their second straight first-inning home run in the series.

He extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games on the first swing he took Wednesday, connecting for his 12th home run of the year on a 2-0 pitch. Heyward, who is hitting .395 (30-for-76) in June, is only two homers shy of his total (14) from a year ago.

130 comments Add your comment

eskippy

June 27th, 2012
11:13 pm

TexanBrave

June 27th, 2012
11:27 pm

2-0 and on track for an 8-2 homestand…… Nats series will be a great start to vacation week in the ATL

Von Trapp

June 27th, 2012
11:38 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. Good going Bones Jones :)

TuffShhhtuff

June 27th, 2012
11:39 pm

Not too smart scheduling games in the middle of summer at 4PM and 1:30PM in Atlanta. It’s supposed to be over 100 this weekend,both days,maybe even hotter. Why not move those games to nighttime? Anybody who sits out in the sun for 3-4 hrs. in that deserves to get blistered.

David the Shepherd

June 27th, 2012
11:40 pm

“Hanson did his best to heed manager Gonzalez’s call to work deep into games in these final 13 games before the All-Star break with an economical first six innings. He induced seven groundball outs and had thrown only 90 pitches when he left the game.”—CR

Why in the world would that not be Fredi’s message from the beginning of the season? So now, all of a sudden Fredi is enlightened and sees that the best way to win is to encourage his pitchers to “work deep”? C’mon fans, you have to see Fredi’s ineptitude, right?

ACE

June 28th, 2012
12:33 am

David the Shepherd you are right on. Why can’t one of these reporters ask Fredi those questions. Didn’t you want the pitchers to pitch deep into games at the start of the season? It always the same old questions and same old replys. Got to keep running him out there, got to tip your cap to the other team, got to believe the back of the bubble gum card and so on and so on.

NorCal Brave

June 28th, 2012
1:03 am

Let’s see how our starters perform the next three games before we get too excited. Jason Heyward is pretty much carrying the offense, especially since McCann and Uggla have lost their strokes.

JTW

June 28th, 2012
1:04 am

@David the Shepherd — I’m a manager in a sales environment. All my reps signed on to sell all of our products. However if a rep has not sold a product in a while, I challenge them to sell it, because otherwise they start to lose focus on the task at hand.

It’s the same technique Freddies doing. He expects his starters to have a quality start each and every start, however there are going to be times where he has to challenge them to get them refocused and give them a goal that is achievable. That is what he has done. It’s not an ‘enlightenment’ thing, it’s a motivation thing.

That being said, I have not seen the ineptitude that I hear so much about. I have seen a couple of bad decisions, but in my opinion EVERY manager is going to make bad decisions. I think we just need to give Gonzalez the time and players and see what happens.

Profiler

June 28th, 2012
1:10 am

What idiot would demean Chipper Jones? 3 for 4 last night with a walk; then HR for GW RBIs tonight.

Brandon

June 28th, 2012
1:24 am

@profiler – very true…when healthy, chipper has helped this team much more than he has hurt them. in fact, he only struggled the few games after coming from the dl.

David the Shepherd

June 28th, 2012
1:56 am

“@David the Shepherd — I’m a manager in a sales environment. All my reps signed on to sell all of our products. However if a rep has not sold a product in a while, I challenge them to sell it, because otherwise they start to lose focus on the task at hand.”—JTW

Have to disagree with you JTW. I am also responsible for sales goals being met in a timely manner; however, the starters’ responsibility IS to pitch into the late innings…this is NOT some revelation that FG has happened upon to motivate our SP’s, to do what they are SUPPOSED to do. You have the audacity to tell us Braves fans that this guy is the motivational leader that we need to lead us to the WS? Shame on you. You cannot defend this guy. He regurgitates every cliche I have ever heard about baseball. Has he been around baseball? Definitely. Does he know baseball acumen? Absolutely. Is he a competent manager who will ever lead ANY team to a WS? Absolutely NOT!!!

pj

June 28th, 2012
2:00 am

7 games over .500 is good at this point in the season. If JJ can get back to form like he did the other day, the Bravos are in great shape. Kimbrel is the least discussed superstar pitcher in the majors.

David the Shepherd

June 28th, 2012
2:15 am

Von Trapp, good to see you again.

Dirty Dawg

June 28th, 2012
2:21 am

I’ve been trying to remember the baseball manager who, after his pitching coach went to the mound to advise their pitcher that was facing a critical situation in a tight game and who, on the very next pitch, gave up a long, multi-run producing home run, told his coach…’i don’t know what you just said to him, but don’t ever say it again.’ Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Fredi would have said that to his pitching coach following the very same thing tonight?

TLH404

June 28th, 2012
2:45 am

Jason Heyward should be an All-Star.. No question. Any thoughts?

bravesgrl4life

June 28th, 2012
5:33 am

Great win last night!

Sly Boarders

June 28th, 2012
6:34 am

Tehran must really be struggling not to be with the team right now. What’s the word on him?

Larry

June 28th, 2012
6:50 am

“It’s a situation where this is a big point in the season and I think for us, I need to be vocal, I need to be upbeat, I need to be producing, all those things,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

No, Chipper, your team has needed this since opening day you lazy, selfish, blockhead!

Larry

June 28th, 2012
6:55 am

…and a certified hypochondriac to boot!

BraveFan

June 28th, 2012
6:58 am

Teheran is having a good season with Gwinnett. Unfortunately he has looked pretty ordinary in the bigs. I am starting to fear that all of our young guns (Minor, Delgado, Teheran) are back end of rotation pitchers. Really thought one of those guys would break out by now. My opinion put Medlen back as starter

Da Mick

June 28th, 2012
7:25 am

One could say, “As Chipper goes, so goes Chipper.”

Rod

June 28th, 2012
7:27 am

David the Shepard – do you know anything about baseball?

At the beginning of the season, the managers DO NOT want their pitchers pitching late into games. They want about a month or so of the regular season before they want to get the high pitch counts.

Please at least read about “baseball” before making these statements.

alex

June 28th, 2012
7:40 am

@da mick and von trapp:funny stuff, thanks.

Ramo

June 28th, 2012
7:45 am

The young guns will be just fine! I don’t recall Maddox, Smoltz, and Glavine setting the league on fire at 22, and 23 years old:) oh and for all the J-haters… Sit back and watch the show!! It’s going 2 be awesome!!

Winchester

June 28th, 2012
7:47 am

You can put all the lipstick on this pig and still have the same results. Hanson and Venters suck. They darn near gave that game away with spectacular mistakes. Had it not been for long ball the game would have been decided on small ball engineering. Something the Braves do not have is run production the old fashion way. Go ask the New York Yankees.

As usual, Hanson said he felt great. As usual, he offered up juicy opportunities for the opposition to kill us. As usual, Venters came into the game and offered up his 2012 malaise.

We got lucky with this win. Had it been any other team other than Arizona, a loss would have been the result of bad pitching and bad run production.

bruce

June 28th, 2012
7:48 am

Sounds like it was a good game! Thanks Carroll

Sons of Rick Matula

June 28th, 2012
8:01 am

Good signs. Heyward is this year’s Uggla, exploding at mid-season. Uggla is this year’s Heyward. Funny game this. Venters is a concern. Scorching hot weekend for the Nats series. Meaningful baseball is all you can ask for.

Rufus

June 28th, 2012
8:01 am

Carroll – not that it means anything of course, but what’s the Braves’ record when you’re covering them versus Dave?

George T

June 28th, 2012
8:12 am

I wonder if Larry would say things such as “block head” to Chipper’s face?

m4licious420

June 28th, 2012
8:14 am

Well, I sure do hope that all this “hope” for Venters to regain his dominant 2011 form works out, because God knows, the “keep running him out there” thing is not working.

a fan

June 28th, 2012
8:18 am

Winchester, David the Shepherd, Von Trapp and Larry we are in second place, you .all should be Cub or Colorado fans, Winchester the D Backs were hot before they came to town,what’s wrong with you. If JJ wins tonight I’m sure we will not hear a peep from the negative four. Go find another blog!

bruce

June 28th, 2012
8:28 am

@ George T: you set it up and I’ll buy a ticket.

Tom

June 28th, 2012
8:31 am

I agree with JTW; people in managerial positions usually understand the human dynamic to leadership and those that aren’t don’t.

Vesaversa

June 28th, 2012
8:35 am

Chipper did his dam job . I’m sticking with these Braves with or without old man Chipper Jones in the line up.

shadetree

June 28th, 2012
8:36 am

We’re beating the teams we need to beat. This weekend will be a sign of where we are.

I would have Uggla bunt the next 2 times he’s up just to get him to focus on the ball. Please Uggla, you busted out of yopur slump last year by going the other way. Please try again. GO THE OTHER WAY

I’m sorry I yelled.

phil

June 28th, 2012
8:39 am

Fire someone!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
8:40 am

Great game Go Braves!!!

Robert

June 28th, 2012
9:02 am

“It’s a situation where this is a big point in the season and I think for us, I need to be vocal, I need to be upbeat, I need to be producing, all those things,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

That is pure hyporcrisy coming from the jaws of Chipper Jones, who left the team last year when it was floundering in the critical stages of a playoff drive to attend to a completely nonemergent family matter

The man talks all about leadership and his role and so on – so long as it is convenient for him and suits him at the time.

Now mind you, he can still hit. Matter of fact, I got a feeling that if he keeps in this little groove he has found for a few more days, then he will start to jaw about how he’d like to be hitting third

But a person who does their thing at their convenience, and not with every situational necessity, is not a professional

Right now, Chipper Jones is one of the best, and one of the highest paid, amateurs in the big leagues

reckingball

June 28th, 2012
9:29 am

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
9:35 am

Not good Robert LOL Go Braves!!!

bobby

June 28th, 2012
9:37 am

17 hits one night and 5 the next night. Must be the hitting coach’s fault. Fire him!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
9:48 am

SHH SHH bobby LOL Go Braves!!!

Just Wanna Say

June 28th, 2012
9:50 am

Why is hardly anybody focusing on Mac? I love the guy, but come on man. What has happened? Besides forgetting how to hit the other way of course.

stew

June 28th, 2012
9:51 am

Chipper has 6 homers for the year. For Chip to be of some consequence, he has to hit 17 and drive in 75. That’s the least we can expect from someone making 14 million.

Just Wanna Say

June 28th, 2012
9:51 am

I am extremely happy we won though. Didn’t want to come across as one of those types. I’m just concerned about our great catcher.

Just Wanna Say

June 28th, 2012
9:53 am

@Stew Chipper was on pace to have a really good year. He got hurt. It happens with him. He’s producing when he’s in the lineup. I just wish it was more often. Of course that could lead to another injury.

Just Wanna Say

June 28th, 2012
9:54 am

Really Robert? Wow

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
9:55 am

Just Wanna Say Not good Braves fan Go Braves.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
9:55 am

I agree stew Go Braves.

bananajacket

June 28th, 2012
9:56 am

If Chipper is an amateur, EVERY major league manager would be trying to be the first to trade for an amateur. Again, if you don’t like Chipper (or any other player, coach) and can point out their flaws (which everyone has), at least be civil and a LITTLE reasonable. Otherwise, you are simply magnifying your prejudice and lack of knowledge.

PMC

June 28th, 2012
9:59 am

Nice to see Chipper getting back to what he is. Also,

Dan Uggla’s defense has been really good, all that working out and his showing up everyday really comes in handy even when he’s not hitting.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:02 am

How blind can we be. Chipper moron Go Braves!!!

GeorgiaStormz

June 28th, 2012
10:02 am

well this is a interesting little blog, looks like it could use a graphics designer and some programming
we could add plussing, quoting, comment modification, images, etc.

My biggest question is how did chipper make it around the bases???!!!
I swear after running that far hell be out for a week.

go braves

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:06 am

Georgia Stormz Very smart, Good Braves fan GO bRAVES!!!

GeorgiaStormz

June 28th, 2012
10:15 am

Georgia Stormz Very smart, Good Braves fan GO bRAVES!!!

JEAH!!!!!!!!
Braves forever.
During my lifetime they will win something.
(born in 96)

reckingball

June 28th, 2012
10:17 am

I am just thankful that Chipper was not injured when he slid into 3rd, in the 1st game of this series.
I don’t like to see that kind of stuff out of him.
Hope he keeps on drinking the Geritol, though.
Maybe he could give Uggla a few shots of it, to get Dan going again, at the plate. haha.
go braves

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:18 am

I agree Georgia (born in 94) Go Braves!!!

reckingball

June 28th, 2012
10:35 am

New York Yankess pitchers Pettitte and Sabathia, have gone on the DL since facing the Braves last week in Yankee Stadium.
My question is, does anyone in the ‘fire Roger’ contingent, have any theories regarding the Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, having any respondsibility, for these two pitchers being injured?
Could some of McDowell’s DNA still be lingering on the mound, from when he visited the Brave’s pitchers there, during the games?
Jeff Shultz should look into this.
Enquiring minds would like to know.
go braves

reckingball

June 28th, 2012
10:38 am

I guess that should read –responsibility.

Freedom from insanity

June 28th, 2012
10:38 am

Larry: you are the ultimate “Internet hider”. If you were given the chance to speak directly to Chipper, I am sure you would wet your pants and go back to the basement! What a wimp!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:40 am

Stupid comment Not good Braves fan, Go Braves!!!

reckingball

June 28th, 2012
10:42 am

Larry is a good boy, he is just ‘misunderstood’ by society. haha.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:42 am

Larry moron Go Braves!!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:43 am

reckingball not good boy Go Braves!!!!

Don

June 28th, 2012
11:02 am

Just afew weeks ago, everyone was yelling for Jason’s head on a platter. There were some that actually wanted to try & get Francour again. The REAL fans stuck with Jason & now everyone (even those who were damning him before) is praising him. Now those same voices are after Uggla & McCann. Come on, baseball fans, let’s get behind the Braves. All the Braves.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
11:06 am

YooRah Don Good Braves fan Go Braves!!!

J.P.

June 28th, 2012
11:06 am

All these baseball genius, that critize every move that the braves make,every player that we have, do not know anything about baseball, this team without the best hitters fin the lineup, wtth injuries to the
pitching staff,and with a manager tha according to all the dummest venters critize, is today 7 games
about 500, Check the standing around the league and see how many teams are doing better. Go Braves.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
11:08 am

J.P. You good Braves Fan Go Braves!!!!

duronimo

June 28th, 2012
11:11 am

I think I remember that the ball players of yesteryear were much more consistent. I’m a little baffled at a hitter doing so well and forgets the fundamentals or simply won’t take advice. (Andruw Jones).
Same deal with pitchers. JJ was great then awful, now turning it around. What do all these streakly players have in common? The have guaranteed, multi-million dollar contracts. I believe that kills motivation.; Somehow they manage to pull it all together the year before it’s time for another contract. One year contracts based on the prior year’s performance will make these players more reliable and eliminate the wild swings in production.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
11:13 am

Disagree. Not good statement. Not good Braves Fan Go Braves!!!!

DePort

June 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Chipper … about to be the all time leader in RBI’s by a third baseman .. and you idiot “Atlanta” “fans” keep cutting him down… Cheer for a different team please … and let me enjoy the end of a Hall of Fame career…

Braves in last palce by the all star brake

June 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Wow he barley hit it out and U all R like hes some sorta super hero.

Brave New World

June 28th, 2012
11:53 am

phil June 28th, 2012 8:39 am
Fire someone!

phil: This weekend, I plan on firing up my grill. Not the same as firing someone, but you bring the cold beer and we’ll talk baseball!

cliff

June 28th, 2012
11:58 am

Don’t remember Cal Ripkin ever being out with a bruised anything!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

Chipper done. Go Braves!!!!

Brave New World

June 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

Ramo June 28th, 2012 7:45 am
The young guns will be just fine! I don’t recall Maddox, Smoltz, and Glavine setting the league on fire at 22, and 23 years old:) oh and for all the J-haters… Sit back and watch the show!! It’s going 2 be awesome!!

Amen, Ramo!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

Brave New World No Beer I bring steaks and talk GOOD baseball. Go Braves!!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

Cliff, Cal Bruised ego. Go Braves!@!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Brave New World Good Braves Fan Go Braves!!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:07 pm

Braves in Last Place Shut up and go away Not good Braves fan GO Braves!!!!

Von Trapp

June 28th, 2012
12:53 pm

David the Shepherd, Thank you.Glad to get back to push Bones Jones forward across das Rhine River:) Hope Bones didn’t hurt his pinky last night.

Von Trapp

June 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

We need Cal Ripkin to give a motivational talk to the fellows :)

Buddy Landel

June 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

cliff and Von Trapp share the same opinion and BOTH misspelled “Ripken”. hmmmmm…

richbrave

June 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

If he would play two and one half more years, he’d get to 500 HR’s I believe

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

Von Trapp Not good Braves Fan Go Braves..!!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

Buddy Landel So What. Are you perfect? Go Braves!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

rich brave Won’t happen Go Braves!!!

Buster brave

June 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

SALESMEN EQUATING ATHLETIC ENDEAVORS AND SALES LEADERSHIP,REALLY ? UNLESS YOU HAVE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THAT SALES ITSELF,WHAT DOES TRYIN TO SALE PEOPLE ON SOMETHING THEY DON’T NEED BY WHATEVER METHOD YOU CAN FIND,BY PEOPLE WHO ARE CRONC LIARS AND SIT AROUND BARS AND OFFICES HOPIN’ TO FIND THE NEXT “SUCKER”,YOU GUYS ARE HILARIOUS……..

nuh uh

June 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Am I a good Braves fan?

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

LOL Buster Brave I agree Go Braves!!!!

Homer the Brave

June 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

If/when the Blue Jays add Jamie Moyer to their 25-man roster they will have 3 players who are over age 40 on their roster. Moyer, Omar Vizquel, and Darren Oliver are a combined 136 years old. That’s got to be a record.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

nuh uh You tell me. Are You? Go Braves!!!!

nuh uh

June 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

Homer the Brave Who Cares? Go Braves!!!!

Skeezix

June 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

Oh Phillies fans where are you? I sure don’t miss all those Philadelphia fans who use to post obnoxious messages on the ajc discussion boards.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

OK nuh uh Then why ask me? Go Braves!!!!

nuh uh

June 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Because I love you.

No. 1 Braves Fan

June 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

The Braves have a lot of pathetic anti-Braves fans.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Me either Skeezik. Poor Phillie NOT! Go Braves!!!!

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
1:31 pm

nuh uh You don’t know me or even know who I am. Forget it GO BRAVES!!!!

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