PHILADELPHIA – As expected, Chipper Jones was out of the lineup Sunday for his last scheduled game against the Phillies. It was a rest day for the retiring third baseman, who played the first two games of the series and went 2-f0r-5 with an RBI double in Saturday’s win.
Jones hit .331 with 49 homers and 152 RBIs in 245 career games against the Phillies, tied with his homer total against the New York Mets for his most against any team. The Braves have three games left against the Mets next weekend in Jones’ last regular-season home games.
Martin Prado made his 20th start of the season at third base Sunday, after making his 11th start at shortstop on Saturday.
Howard 2nd-fastest to 300 HRs
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard became the second-fastest in major league history to hit 300 home runs when he homered off Mike Minor on Saturday, one of only two hits in six innings against the lefty and the first homer off Minor in four September starts.
Howard hit his 300th homer in his 1,093rd game, six shy of the Ralph Kiner’s record for fastest to that standard. Howard has a personal-best 42 homers against the Braves, including five of his 14 homers this season (he missed much of the season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery). His next-highest career total is 36 homers against the Nationals.
Howard was 22-for-62 with seven homers in his career against Tim Hudson before Sunday, when he went 0-for-3 against the Braves veteran.
David Ross hit his eighth home run Sunday, the most he’s had in a season since hitting 17 in 2007 in 348 plate appearances for Cincinnati. The 35-year-old catcher has 181 plate appearances this season….
After missing four games with a left-shoulder strain, Simmons returned to the Braves lineup Sunday. The rookie shortstop went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He a two-out single in the sixth inning….