Collecting home runs in the same game by Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones typically would signal a good night for the Braves. It didn't work out that way in Game 1 of their Division Series with the Astros on Wednesday at Turner Field.
For the second time in their Division Series history together, the two Joneses went deep. Chipper swatted an opposite-field shot off Andy Pettitte in the first inning, and Andruw crushed a two-run shot to center off Pettitte in the fourth inning.
Still, the Astros were able to blow by the Braves, 10-5.
Previously, the last time Chipper and Andruw belted homers in the same Division Series game was on Oct. 9, 2001, at Houston.
Eight times during the regular season, both Joneses connected in the same game. Over the years, they've done it 50 times during the regular season.
A look at key statistics through Game 1 of the NLDS.
|ERA||10.00||Too many walks caught up to the Braves staff|
|BA||.265||Bats woke up when game was out of reach|
|BA w/ RISP||.333 (3-for-9)||Andy Pettitte gave up the long ball but little else|
|Runs||5||Scoring five with Pettitte pitching should be enough|
|Chipper Jones||.500 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBIs||Veteran leader steps up again|
|Andruw Jones||.333 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBIs||Showing why he's an MVP candidate|
|Tim Hudson||0-1, 6.75 ERA||Never found consistent command or rhythm|
Behind the numbers
Six Atlanta pitchers combined to walk nine Astros, with three intentional. Additionally, two batters were hit by pitches. The Braves last walked as many as nine in the postseason in Game 3 of the 2004 NLDS against Astros. Prior to that, Atlanta last walked nine in a postseason game in Game 6 of the 1996 World Series against the Yankees. In the 1957 World Series, the Milwaukee Braves walked 11 in Game 3 vs. the Yankees.
Rallying in the fourth inning after Andruw Jones' two-run homer, the Braves put the tying run at second when Julio Franco walked and Jeff Francoeur reached on a bunt single. With two on and one out in a 4-3 game, Pettitte induced a 6-4-3 double play grounder out of Brian Jordan.
A potential slick move by manager Bobby Cox didn't pay off in the seventh inning. Trailing 4-3 at the time, the Astros had Pettitte on third with two outs, Tim Hudson intentionally walked Lance Berkman to get to Morgan Ensberg. The Houston third baseman slapped an RBI single, one of his five runs batted in on the day.
Chipper Jones' nine homers in Division Series play is an MLB record.
Most homers in Division Series:
Chipper Jones, Atlanta, 9
Juan Gonzalez, Texas-Cleveland, 8
Jim Thome, Cleveland, 8
Bernie Williams, NY Yankees, 8
"We were in this situation last year. It's a must win. Nobody is saying we're going to give up if we're down, 0-2. It's a must win, we can't leave here down 0-2. We've got to come out tomorrow and put some runs on the board early."
-- Catcher Johnny Estrada, on the importance of winning Game 2 on Thursday
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.