Murphy impressed, but not surprised by Chipper

Murphy impressed, but not surprised by Chipper

Murphy impressed, but not surprised by Chipper
ATLANTA -- A day after Chipper Jones' five-hit game in the Braves' 10-3 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night, Turner Field continued to buzz. It was Jones' third five-hit game of his career and his first since Aug. 11, 2002.

Former Braves center fielder Dale Murphy said he was impressed by Jones collecting five hits as a 40-year-old.

"There's something I didn't do at 40," Murphy said about his thoughts Tuesday night. "Then I was thinking, 'Well, I didn't do that at 30 either.'"

Murphy, who is in Atlanta as a part of the TV broadcast crew this week, had two five-hit games in his 18-year career. His last one came as a 28-year-old in 1984.

Murphy said he wasn't surprised Jones rose to the occasion and did something special after being selected to the All-Star Game on Tuesday afternoon.

"He's always liked the big stage," Murphy said. "Chipper's never shied away from it."

Neither of Jones' previous five-hit games came in Atlanta, making Tuesday night extra special for him. After he pulled a single to right field for his fifth hit of the night, manager Fredi Gonzalez removed him for a pinch-runner.

Jones exited to a standing ovation and came back out of the dugout for a curtain call. First baseman Freddie Freeman was at the plate at the time and said he took as much time getting into the batter's box as he could so Jones could have his moment.

"I knew what was going on," Freeman said. "Those nights don't happen very often. I took my time and fixed my [batter's] box like I normally do, and I could hear the crowd, so I took three more steps away from the box. I hoped [pitcher Jairo Asencio] and everybody on the Cubs would understand, and they did. So it was a nice little memory for Chipper of the night."

Jones was back in the lineup Wednesday. Gonzalez said Jones felt good following his big night, but he will likely get a day off in Thursday's series finale against the Cubs.