Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Chipper Jones was not in the Braves lineup Wednesday telling manager Fredi Gonzalez that he was not feeling well enough to play.
Gonzalez was not sure it was the third baseman’s knees that were ailing.
“He came in today and he’s not feeling too good,” Gonzalez said. “The knee sometimes it acts up. We know that and so we have to manage it. Hopefully, he’ll come out tomorrow in a day game and get in the lineup.”
Jones has hit safely in 15 of his past 17 games. He has a .419 average (13-for-31) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs in the past eight games.
Juan Francisco was in the lineup in Jones’ place, batting seventh.
Jones pinch-hit for Francisco in the bottom of the seventh when the Giants brought in left-hander Jeremy Affeldt. Jones flew out to right field. He reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth and homered in the 11th. He is now tied with George Brett for most RBIs among third basemen with 1,596. He committed two costly throwing errors that led to Giants runs, including one in San Francisco’s six-run 11th inning.
- Chris Vivlamore