7:35 PM ET, April 8, 2011
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Chipper Jones reaches 2,500 hits as Braves chase Cliff Lee, beat Phillies
ATLANTA -- A perfect night for Chipper Jones.Jones hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fourth inning off Cliff Lee, added his 2,500th career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Friday night in their home opener.Even better, Bobby Cox was there to see it all after throwing out the first pitch.
• On the anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th career homer, Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Braves in their home opener. Jones has 139 career RBIs against the Phillies, the most among all active players.
• Tim Hudson pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs for the win. He is 87-38 (.696), the fourth best home record among all active pitchers with a minimum 50 decisions.
• Hudson has won his last three starts and is 7-7 lifetime against the Phillies. He is .500 or better for his career against every team in the National League.
• Cliff Lee gave up six runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings for the Phillies whose vaunted starting rotation has an ERA of 8.54 through seven games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Bastardo recorded six straight strikeouts after giving up Jones' milestone hit. ... The Braves optioned LHP Mike Minor to Triple-A Gwinnett and purchased the contract of C J.C. Boscan. Minor made a fill-in start in a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday as RHP Jair Jurrjens opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Jurrjens will make a rehab start for Gwinnett on Monday and could then return to Atlanta. ... Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, attended the game and sat near Cox's family.
Regular Season Series
|Philadelphia leads 12-6 (as of Fri 4/8)|
|» Fri 4/8||@ATL 6, PHI 3||Box Score|
|Sat 4/9||PHI 10, @ATL 2||Recap|
|Sun 4/10||PHI 3, @ATL 0||Recap|
|Fri 5/6||ATL 5, @PHI 0||Recap|
|Sat 5/7||@PHI 3, ATL 0||Recap|
|Sun 5/8||ATL 5, @PHI 2||Recap|
|Fri 5/13||PHI 5, @ATL 4||Recap|
|Sat 5/14||@ATL 5, PHI 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/15||@ATL 3, PHI 2||Recap|
|Fri 7/8||@PHI 3, ATL 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/9||ATL 4, @PHI 1||Recap|
|Sun 7/10||@PHI 14, ATL 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/5||@PHI 9, ATL 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/6||@PHI 6, ATL 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/7||@PHI 3, ATL 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/26||PHI 4, @ATL 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/27||PHI 7, @ATL 1||Recap|
|Wed 9/28||PHI 4, @ATL 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Phillies | Braves|
|1st||R Howard hit sacrifice fly to left, S Victorino scored.||1||0|
|1st||B Francisco singled to left, J Rollins scored.||2||0|
|2nd||S Victorino grounded into fielder's choice to second, C Ruiz scored, C Lee out at second.||3||0|
|2nd||A Gonzalez doubled to left, J Heyward scored.||3||1|
|2nd||M Prado hit a ground rule double to deep center, A Gonzalez scored, F Freeman to third.||3||2|
|2nd||N McLouth grounded out to second, F Freeman scored, M Prado to third.||3||3|
|4th||C Jones doubled to deep center, F Freeman, M Prado and N McLouth scored.||3||6|
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|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||51,331 (104% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth|
How Braves starter Tim Hudson beat the Phillies: Mixed up his pitches: Hudson had a balance between four pitches (32 percent fastball, 26 percent sinker, 22 percent slider, and 15 percent changeup). The sinker percentage was the only one to go down from his first start (57 percent), but did not allow a hit in at-bats ending with the sinker (0-for-7). Battled when behind: Hudson went to one 2-0 count (Wilson Valdez in 6th) and all eight at-bats that ended with Hudson behind in the count resulted in an out. At-bats ended early: Hudson threw 3.13 pitches per plate appearance against the Phillies, which is his lowest over the past two seasons. After a 24 pitch first inning, Hudson threw no more than 14 pitches in an inning for the rest of the game. It's the first time since August 18 of last season Hudson went beyond seven innings pitched.
The Phillies are 5-2 and have an early lead in the NL East, but it's not because of their vaunted starting rotation. Roy Halladay has picked up where he left off last season, with an 0.69 ERA in two starts. Which makes the following numbers even more "impressive".[+]
Phillies Starting Pitching This Season
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