Chipper’s five hits lift Braves past Cubs – updated

Somebody forgot to tell Chipper Jones he doesn’t need any more “Final Votes.” He’s already made the All-Star team.

Just hours after being named as Matt Kemp’s replacement on the National League roster, Jones went 5-for-5 to match his career-high and lead the Braves past the Chicago Cubs in a 10-3 thrashing Tuesday night.

Or maybe Jones was just campaigning to start the thing.

“Tonight was just one of those dream games,” said Jones, 40, who can add it to the list of big moments in his final tour around the majors this season. “I’d be hard-pressed to find another game where I played better.”

Jones doubled twice, drove in four runs and stole his first base of the year to reach 150 for his career. He completed his night with a highlight defensive play up the line at third base.

Jones had five hits for the third time in career and first time ever at home. He went 5-for-5 in Houston on Aug. 11, 2002 and 5-for-5 in Arizona on April 27, 2001.

“It’s happened to me three times in 19 years, so they’re pretty special when they come along,” said Jones, who is hitting .455 (15-for-33) in his past 10 games. “I just feel fortunate that I’m swinging the bat really good right now when the team needs it.”

Jones singled in his first at-bat to extend his season-high hitting streak to 10 games, becoming only the second player in franchise history to do that past the age of 40. (He joined Rabbit Maranville of the 1933 Boston Braves who did it at 41.) And he didn’t stop until he was racking up milestones like he had been votes to get to his eighth All-Star game in Kansas City.

A single and two more doubles moved Jones past Max Carey into seventh place on the all-time hit-list for switch-hitters with 2,665. And his four RBIs gave him 1,594 for his career. Jones needs three more RBIs between now and Sunday to go to Kansas City with George Brett’s RBI record among those who played primarily third base in his back pocket.

After Jones singled to right in the eighth inning, manager Fredi Gonzalez took him out to a standing ovation from 27,834 fans at Turner Field. Then they drew him back out of the dugout for a curtain call and a tip of the cap.

“Every time something cool happens I cherish it because it could be the last time,” Jones said. “That more than likely is my last five-hit game. I’m glad that it happened here at home.”

Jones’ bases-clearing double in the sixth helped the Braves capitalize on a six-walk inning by the Cubs bullpen. It mimicked what Michael Bourn had done an inning earlier. Bourn cleared the bases with a triple down the first base line to start a five-run fifth.

His first-pitch swing with the bases loaded turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead which the Braves built on with Martin Prado’s sacrifice fly and a Jason Heyward homer.

Before Bourn’s triple, Jair Jurrjens was losing out in a duel with Chris Volstad, another struggling sinkerballer just back from Triple-A. Gonzalez decided to pinch hit for Jurrjens with runners first and second in the fifth and nobody out, rather than bunt him, and the move changed the complexion of the game.

Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Bourn, who ripped a line drive just inside the right field line for a triple. Volstad’s night ended shortly thereafter after Heyward took him to the opposite field for his 13th home run of the year.

“The way the game was progressing at the time, you felt like trying to get another inning through JJ might have been a little difficult,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got first and second there with nobody out, try to take a shot with it.”

Volstad fell to 0-12 in 20 starts since last July 17 when he was with the Marlins. He joined former Brave Jo-Jo Reyes as only the second pitcher in the past 10 years with winless streaks of 20 or more starts, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The former Brave Reyes was winless in 28 starts between 2008-2011.

Jurrjens won for the second time in three starts since returning from the minor leagues. He pitched only five innings, giving up nine hits, but allowed only three unearned runs.

Second baseman Dan Uggla threw a double play ball into left field that would have ended the third inning, and Jurrjens didn’t help himself with a late throw to second base which prolonged it too. Bryan LaHair and Steve Clevenger followed with a pair of two-out run-scoring singles.

“We didn’t play particularly well that third inning behind him and probably taxed him a little bit,” Gonzalez said.

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JipWiz

July 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

JH

July 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Woohoo! First!

JipWiz

July 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Attaboy chip!

Don

July 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Wow, J-Hey hit 13 homers tonight!

Michael

July 3rd, 2012
11:12 pm

Go Chipper! Go Braves!

Ken Stallings

July 3rd, 2012
11:16 pm

As I wrote just now in the All Star report column, Chipper did it all tonight!

The Braves post game show had a stat I did not know about until now. Chipper has 1594 career RBI’s. His 4-RBI game tonight just put him within one of Mike Schmidt and two of George Brett for number one in RBI’s among all third basemen in MLB history! That is a HOF achievement folks, and barring tragic injury, he should break that record this year!

Christopher Brown

July 3rd, 2012
11:16 pm

Way to go, Chipper!

William

July 3rd, 2012
11:20 pm

Way to go Chipper. All-Star, Hall of Famer. Make the Braves proud in Kansas City. Your last All-Star game, much deserved.

Ken Stallings

July 3rd, 2012
11:21 pm

OK, here is the story book moment in the All Star game. Chipper is just behind Brett in that RBI tally and he breaks it at Kaufman Stadium with Brett on scene to watch it. The Kansas City fans are such wonderful baseball fans that I am sure they would enjoy the moment also.

Skeezix

July 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

Great game Chipper! Wow! What a treat to get to watch that. The old timer with the bum knees is still the best player on the team. Hopefully, Chipper’s performance tonight will inspire the younger guys to play better.

muddy waters

July 3rd, 2012
11:24 pm

If you have more RBIs than Mike Schmidt the you are a badass.

kerryb

July 3rd, 2012
11:25 pm

Where are the Chipper naysayers?? Huh??? The naysayers can kiss his HOF rear!

Skeezix

July 3rd, 2012
11:26 pm

I believe Jason hit his 13th homer tonight.

kerryb

July 3rd, 2012
11:26 pm

Ken Stallings
July 3rd, 2012
11:21 pm

OK, here is the story book moment in the All Star game. Chipper is just behind Brett in that RBI tally and he breaks it at Kaufman Stadium with Brett on scene to watch it. The Kansas City fans are such wonderful baseball fans that I am sure they would enjoy the moment also.
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How can he break the record in an exhibition game???? Your reaching dude.

Smitty

July 3rd, 2012
11:27 pm

Bud

July 3rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Alas injuries. If it weren’t for the injuries, Chipper would definitely have 500 HRs, and would have a good chance at 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBIs.

Bud

July 3rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Alas injuries. If it weren’t for the injuries, Chipper would definitely have 500 HRs, and would have a good chance at 3,000 hits and 2,000 RBIs.

kerryb

July 3rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Everyone make sure you vote for Bourn. I’ll puke if that over hyped Harper gets in the All Star game.

double

July 3rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Hope Chipper stays on with the Braves.In management,coaching,etc.

Skeezix

July 3rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Don’t worry the Chipper bashers will return. They might be quiet for a day or two, but they’ll find something to bash Chipper about soon. History, facts, his lifetime stats, his HOF credentials, his consistency—none of that gets in the way of the delusional world they exist in–they are in an alternate universe. And they have no shame.

Skeezix

July 3rd, 2012
11:33 pm

If Chipper had spent his career hitting in a bandbox like they have in Cincinnati–he’d be way over 500 HRs.

SR

July 3rd, 2012
11:35 pm

Great, they beat the stinking Cubs, who gives a rats ass??? This team loses series, after series after series whille moron Wren sits and fiddles, thinking this raggedy ass bunch willl suddenly turn into the 27 Yankees. Playoffs??!! Come on….

phil

July 3rd, 2012
11:36 pm

Play on, Chipper Jones….

JC Boscan III

July 3rd, 2012
11:38 pm

Great game by Chipper — especially the last defensive play. It would be great to see him finish his career productively. Plus, he got his 150th career stolen base tonight!

JC Boscan III

July 3rd, 2012
11:41 pm

To illustrate how important Chipper’s offense was, he had 2 doubles, 1 stolen base, plus 3 singles, but he scored ZERO runs due to Freeman, Uggla and McCann. (Yes, Francisco pinch-ran after the last hit, but he didn’t score, either). It’s not an easy trick to get 5 hits, get to 2nd base on 3 of them, and never score a single run!!

Yogi Berra

July 3rd, 2012
11:43 pm

Great job Chipper~~Bourn, Jhey. Great come back.

Vote for Bourn.I just voted 1 hour..Go Braves.

JC Boscan III

July 3rd, 2012
11:47 pm

In another typical moment of crapola broadcasting from ESPN’s SportsCenter, Chipper’s performance follows the Brooklyn Nets trades and trade rumors, plus (of course) the Yankees losing to the Tampa Rays.

Brandon

July 3rd, 2012
11:48 pm

the braves only won because they scored more runs

Brandon

July 3rd, 2012
11:56 pm

Chipper Jones is a very special player…it’ll be sad to see him go

tjhook

July 3rd, 2012
11:58 pm

Wow! Five hits and no runs scored. That almost sounds like a record.

bulldogbubba

July 4th, 2012
12:04 am

Well Chipper made us “nay-sayers” look bad tonight.Congratulations to him on a fine game.Hope he can keep it up the rest of the season!!!!!!! GO BRAVES

MattinAtl

July 4th, 2012
12:11 am

I was saying Bourn deserved the spot based on his season vis a vis the Chipper. I stand corrected, but now hopefully we can get them both in.

MattinAtl

July 4th, 2012
12:12 am

SR is a big downer.

GRAPHITE

July 4th, 2012
12:13 am

STILL the best team in the 2nd. division

C.W. in right

July 4th, 2012
12:13 am

If you hate on Chipper tonight, you are indeed a hater.

Quack Quack

July 4th, 2012
12:14 am

Great game Chipper. Great game Bravos.

Maybe Uggla should sit out, and send Bourn to the All Star game. I mean really.

Vote Vote Vote!!

GO BRAVES!!

Voter's Syndrome

July 4th, 2012
12:40 am

Voted for Bourn about 30 times today! Shouldn’t be having to do this, how did he not make the team already?

Voter's Syndrome

July 4th, 2012
12:44 am

I can envision the NL being down by 2 in the top of the 9th with the bases loaded, 2 outs and it’s Uggla’s turn to bat.

Go get em Danny!!! LOL

SR

July 4th, 2012
12:48 am

Telling it like it is dude- Tell ya what, if at the end of the season this team actually achieves something, I’ll be happy to eat crow and admit I was wrong. Don’t think I will be however. Let’s revisit this topic sometime in October. Take care.

mpimentel

July 4th, 2012
12:51 am

I told you guys, the electionof chipper to allstars game will be our turning point this season….belive it…btw hey chip thanks for been a brave dude!

RaleighDawg

July 4th, 2012
1:14 am

How does a part time player make the All Star team ? Not withstanding his 5-5 night, he’s still batting 10 points lower than Prado…and don’t even get me started over how much better a third baseman Prado is…who is Chipper sleeping with that keeps him from getting charged with an error ? Tonight it was a big hop grounder that Chipper fumbles around to then make a late throw (in the fourth inning) that’s not scored an error. Props to the hype that Chipper is…

mike

July 4th, 2012
1:14 am

face it, uggla just sucks. i wish the Braves would go hunting for anybody who can field ad hit .275. this guy is robbing the Braves under the guise of faking being a professional baseball player.

Hubert Brown

July 4th, 2012
1:19 am

My only regret is that with one of the best pitching staffs in the history of baseball and a HOF third baseman and one of the greatest switch hitters in the game, the Braves manage only one World Series win. That boggles the mind. Almost as absurd as the Hawks never making it to a conference finals and the Falcons playing in only one Superbowl, winning none.

BravesBobblehead24

July 4th, 2012
1:23 am

Chipper da man!!!

captguitarman

July 4th, 2012
1:35 am

I don’t watch the Braves as consistently as many do, but I tune in on almost every game for at least a little while. I guess I’m a fair weather fan, and I admit it. It hurts my eyes a lot to watch (the recent series with the Yankees, for example), and I tune away, thinking that if I am not watching they might do better. That rarely works. But, the one consistent thing I have seen, perhaps it is luck of the channel surf and perhaps it is not, it is the old guy, Chipper Jones, putting the young pups to shame, time and time again. Who knows (only God, I guess), how many runners the Braves have left on base this year in winnable games. It might be a National League record. Any one tracking that number? Along with Minors doing a stint in the minors, they need to send Uggla down for a stint too so he can get his head on straight and realize that pop ups and fly outs with runners on base don’t cut it in the Majors. I don’t care if he is an All Star — it is all political anyway.

Good for the Braves tonight, under the leadership of the Old Guy, Chipper Jones, who is rounding third and heading for home, as Marty Brenneman, the announcer for the Reds, use to say when he and Joe Nuxhall signed off on their radio broadcasts. Forget the post-season.

The Braves can’t beat the Nationals no way no how, and the Wild Card is unlikely looking at the records of the competition. And if by some miracle they do come out of the National League (a big miracle) no doubt they will be facing the Yankees and a four game sweep in the Series, despite the presence of a 40 year old third baseman in the line up.

the truth...

July 4th, 2012
1:40 am

@SR…..

You don’t have to eat crow…………your are CROW…………

SR

July 4th, 2012
1:42 am

Bite me. I don’t usually get into it with fellow bloggers but I’ll make an exception for you moron.

Tell ya what, let’s see who’s right in October, K? I got $$ to back up my bet, what about you?

HOF 10

July 4th, 2012
4:20 am

We’re going to miss you, Rabbit Jones.

bruce

July 4th, 2012
4:38 am

SOS braves

July 4th, 2012
4:55 am

Bench no hitting uggla puke

chas

July 4th, 2012
6:20 am

go cupper. if your teammate,struggla was a true team player.he would take himself out of. the lineup

Male Durphy

July 4th, 2012
7:31 am

The Braves will miss Chipper’s leadership in the clubhouse next year more than his fielding or his bat and both of those are darn good. I don’t see anyone carrying the torch moving forward like Chipper took from those before him. Mac is the closest thing and he’s on his way out of town if he keeps up that .225 avg.

alanfalcon

July 4th, 2012
7:33 am

Congrats to Chipper for the All star selection, most important however was what followed, Speaking his mine about the team and without nameing anyone directly getting the message across and then going out and showing the team whats needed was great (Freddie has no is idea how to do this, he would rather cover it up and pretend its not going on) example-On Freemans ground out with Chipper on first and Chipper busted his butt going too second, Freddie F. looked as though he was strolling through the park with no urgency, true he couldn’t have beat it out but he could have put forth the effort–A 40 year old Allstar did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jo

July 4th, 2012
7:48 am

I watch this bad braves team often because chipper gives us hope if not entertainment. He is a relic of the old braves that we should enjoy…..as they are almost over folks as is a record above .500. Go chipper!

Paddy

July 4th, 2012
8:03 am

Brandon……….”the Braves only won because they scored more runs”! Clever observation there, Brandon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

ugafan13

July 4th, 2012
8:06 am

Lost in the 5-hit performance is Simmons busting down the line on the ground ball and making it safely in. He is going to be a great to watch for the rest of the year! I love a player who hustles no matter what!

Robert Bentley

July 4th, 2012
8:12 am

Shame on me …….I went to bed before Chipper put on his show…………..I will look for a rerun

a fan

July 4th, 2012
8:14 am

SR, RalphDawg who pissed in your wheaties?

Buzz 2011

July 4th, 2012
8:45 am

Did Uggla go 5 for 5???

Is MLB now the special Olympics?

July 4th, 2012
8:45 am

I don’t get it…..Chipper plays one out of every threes games and he gets named to the all star team? That’s tantamount to a retarded kid getting selected to the special Olympics because everyone feels sorry for him.

Buzz 2011

July 4th, 2012
8:54 am

Great game Chipper!! Five hits in one game is an amazing feat. Note, Uggla hasn’t totaled five hits in the last 20 games. His fielding remains all star like though. He is a true all star, yea right!!!

MONK ATL

July 4th, 2012
8:56 am

Great Game Chipper, My World Series Game Ticket, signed by you the night of the 95 Championship at the after Party, is once again elevated to one of my most Treasured possessions.

Will Stockdale

July 4th, 2012
8:56 am

Bad ? Do you know what they call men in the Air Force ? AIRMAN….. Like something out of a dang funnybook….. AIRMAN. How are you gonna like it when someone calls you airman ?

By dog I just don’t think I’ll stand for it.

GT Alum

July 4th, 2012
9:02 am

Was mine the only jaw that dropped when seeing Chipper take off to steal second? Well, I bet the catchers did too. :-)

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 4th, 2012
9:24 am

Go ahead and take all the glory you want. It was just 1 game. You will be on the DL soon. Nice game old man, but you are done .

Uggla's Arms

July 4th, 2012
9:34 am

RaleighDawg: Stay off baseball, dude. You embarrass yourself.

PaulieOldSchool

July 4th, 2012
9:37 am

We are really gonna miss him when he’s gone. Say what you will about him and, yeah, I’ve pretty much heard it all at one time or another, he’s another HOF whom we have been fortunate enough to enjoy during his career here in the ATL. Thanks for everything, Chipper.

garynpohio

July 4th, 2012
9:52 am

5 for 5 aside, if Chipper hits .300 for the season, would anyone like to see him come back next season?

Ted

July 4th, 2012
9:58 am

Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win!

Phil F

July 4th, 2012
10:06 am

It’s a joy to see Chipper having such a great year. He deserves every accolade. Maybe now Gonzalez will keep him in the middle of the batting order where he belongs.

bravesgrl4life

July 4th, 2012
10:24 am

Career night for Chipper. Watched the 4 innings of the game as I went to the movies. Got to see the best parts of it, it seems. Really good game. Guess my boss picked a good game to go to even if he is a Cubs fan :)

D man

July 4th, 2012
10:40 am

That chipper is washed up, can’t hit anymore and is too old. Dough!!! :)

bobbymahlon

July 4th, 2012
11:31 am

Chipper’s error that was not scored as such was not the only defensive miscue. There were several other bad plays that cannot continue if we expect to make post season. I love Simmons he is all over the field backing up plays and I know that will stop after he is around for awhile at least noboby else does it.

Fan of the Game

July 4th, 2012
11:31 am

Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were pitchers and not chunkers. Chipper is a hitter and not a swinger like Uggla. Uggla better realize there is more to hitting than just swinging. That is why he is so inconsistent. Like his hustle but I believe he is hard headed.

tripledart

July 4th, 2012
11:34 am

Great last season continue and go out on top.Wings await you young man

Largo

July 4th, 2012
11:40 am

I’m one of the big mouth creeps who has been critical of Chipper (his non playing time, money, etc.) many times. After last night’s game I realize how great he is and how much I will miss his presence on the team. I’m having Crow for supper. Thanks for the memories, Chipper.

kangaroo Court

July 4th, 2012
12:06 pm

Glad Chipper was added to All Star Team, now lets vote MB onto the roster!

Dawg '88

July 4th, 2012
12:10 pm

Is MLB now the special Olympics?

Sad and immoral to make fun of someone using the Special Olympics.
Do you have a conscience at all?
Probably not.

Get a life….

Dawg '88

July 4th, 2012
12:11 pm

Above post directed at a poster with the name: “Is MLB now the special Olympics?”

reckingball

July 4th, 2012
12:14 pm

kerryb @11:26……..”How can he break a record in an exhibition game?????”
My question, how can an exhibition game determine the home-field advantage for the World Series???????……Oh yeah, nevermind, I forgot that Bud Selig is involved, with this genius move. haha.
go braves

Whiskey River

July 4th, 2012
1:20 pm

I will ignore that stupid comment.

bananajacket

July 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

Raleigh Dawg—why don’t you consider supporting soccer. You obviously know very little about baseball. Not trying to be mean, but your types just amaze me.

RBigFish

July 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

Chipper is a great player (when he does play). But, let’s not make him into a great human being. Remember, he fathered a child with a Hooter’s waitress (while being married to his first wife). His current wife has filed for divorce. Makes you wonder , if he can’t keep it in his pants.
The last 7 full years, he’s averaging 120 games a year……and he wants to call other players out ?????? Remember when Smoltz called him out about not playing hurt a few seasons ago ?

Rightfielder

July 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

Anybody else notice how Freddie Freeman doesn’t run hard to first when hitting a ground ball ? It was especially apparent last night….twice !

Whiskey River

July 4th, 2012
3:27 pm

No comment on any of the posts. I just want to tell everyone, Happy New Year, If any of you out ther are Vets, thank you very much. We live in the best country in the world. We are Free. Thank You Vets. God Bless America. Go Braves!

Whiskey River

July 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

Sorry I meant Happy 4th of July. Duh Stupid me.

LAC

July 4th, 2012
3:36 pm

Great game last night… BUT being consistant is the main objective, and this team has yet to illistrate that since early in the season.

Also very hard to believe in all the years since inter-league play, The Braves have NEVER played in Kansas City, the ONLY place they will have never played at, That’s ODD !

Maybe next season they will finally make it there, heck works great for a road trip along I-70…
St.Louis, KC, Denver, and with inter-league games spread throughout the season next year, it would be possible !!!!

Make it happen bud THE DUD !!!!!!!!!

George

July 4th, 2012
5:50 pm

Rightfielder

July 4th, 2012
8:56 pm

Freeman just got hit in the ribs……….he’ll probably be out a month. Just like Chipper would

Batter up

July 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

And now back to reality. The Braves just LOST THE SERIES to the lowly Cubs… at home. What a disgrace to the city.

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