Chipper Jones has played the final regular season game of his career at Turner Field. 19 seasons, more than 2,000 games and uncountable memorable moments later, it's finally over for old No. 10. Just three regular season games remain for the future Hall of Famer, and then of course however many games Atlanta plays in the postseason.
Kris Medlen won his 23rd straight start, tossing six innings of one-run ball. The lone run surrendered was unearned, scoring on a missed catch as he attempted to cover the bag at first base. Medlen scattered three hits and a walk, striking out four. His ERA is now 1.57 this season. Atlanta has now won his last 23 starts, a Major League record.
David Ross delivered a big blow with a three-run homer off Jenrry Mejia in the second inning. Jason Heyward doubled home Michael Bourn in the fourth to make it 4-1, and Andrelton Simmons tripled to plate Dan Uggla in the sixth. Bourn then drove home another run with an RBI-single to make the score 6-1.
The win keeps Atlanta alive in the National League East. The Nationals are currently losing, meaning the magic number could remain at one with three games to play. If the score holds on Sunday, a Nationals win or Braves loss this week would clinch the division for Washington.
Once the game ended, Chipper addressed the crowd of 50,635. He gave his mom and dad, who were at all three games this weekend, big hugs and thanked the crowd one final time.
Let's hope we get another eight games or so of our All-Star third baseman at Turner Field this October.