In 1993, Major League Baseball expanded by adding the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins. On September 11 of the same year, Larry Wayne Jones made his major league debut.
Tonight, Chipper Jones has played his last game in Miami. While Chipper will be most famous for holding a minority ownership of the Mets, he was also Mr. Marlin. Going into Wednesday’s game Chipper was the all-time leader home runs, RBI, hits, doubles, runs, walks and at bats against the Fish. Fittingly, the Marlins gave Chipper a fishing pole. Speaking of dominating the Marlins, Kris Medlen was amazing again tonight. He went eight innings giving up four hits, walking one and striking out six. He also had a hit and a walk. He probably could have finished the deal (he was at 99 pitches), but Fredi decided to release the Kraken.
The Braves scored all of their runs in the first three innings. It was around that point that Medlen asked the offense to save the runs for Friday, as three was more than enough. Everyone agreed and hibernation mode began.
Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth and wasn’t sharp. He gave up a hit, plunked a guy and didn’t strike anyone out. He settled down and got his 38th save. With the Braves win tonight, Medlen moves one behind Carl Hubbell and Whitey Ford for Longest Winning Streak in Pitcher Starts. I know that is kind of a wild record, but anytime you come close to Whitey Ford or Carl Hubbell for something it is impressive, even if it is the number of Boilermakers drunk in an hour. The Braves are off tomorrow and will head to Philadelphia and they will hopefully finish the Phillies off.
Smitty’s SEC Picks. Home teams to the right
LSU 45 Auburn 6
Rutgers 24 Arkansas 28
Kentucky 3 Florida 58
Vanderbilt 10 Georgia 42
Missouri 13 South Carolina 21
Florida Atlantic 0 Alabama 54
Ole Miss 24 Tulane 10
South Alabama 10 Mississippi State 28
Akron 24 Tennessee -32
South Carolina State 10 Texas A&M 31