Cubs Honor Chipper Jones at Last Wrigley Game
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will retire at the end of this season after a nineteen-year career. Before the rubber game of their series against the Braves on May 9, the Cubs presented Jones with a Braves flag from the standings pole and the Wrigley crowd gave him a standing ovation. This was his last scheduled game at Wrigley Field. He has five home runs and a current average of .295. He went 0-4 with two groundouts, a flyout and a lineout against Cubs starter Paul Maholm today, who picked up his fourth win of the season. Maholm allowed three hits, walked three and struck out three in seven scoreless innings.
Starlin Castro nearly scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple hit out to right field, but the Braves’ Jason Heyward quickly ran to get it to make a relay throw to second baseman Dan Uggla, who threw it to catcher David Ross. Third base coach Pat Listach waved him home and Castro almost made it to the plate before he was tagged out.
The Cubs scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh beginning with a lead-off single from David DeJesus. A sacrifice bunt from Tony Campana and a groundout from Starlin Castro advanced him to third. Bryan LaHair drove in the run with an RBI single. The Cubs beat the Braves 1-0, with five hits from the Cubs. The Cubs took the series, and have won five out of their last eight games.
The first 10,000 fans to enter the ballpark received a special-edition Ryan Dempster bobblehead, sponsored by Pepsi. The Cubs begin their next series against the Brewers at Miller Park May 11.
By: Heather Santiago