While we eagerly await the start of the 2020 MLB season, let’s flash back to June 24, 2000, when Andruw Jones collected his 100th home run of his career with a first-inning blast off of Brewers’ right-hander Jamey Wright. This homer was his 20th of the season, and he would set a career-high with 36 in 2000. This homer came in Jones’ age-23 season. Jones would go on to hit 368 home runs in a Braves uniform and 434 in his 17-year Major League career.
Jones’ homer would account for the Braves’ only run in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers. Greg Maddux took the loss but threw a complete game allowing six hits and two runs including a fourth-inning home run by Jeremy Burnitz that proved to be the difference. Jamey Wright allowed five hits and walked five but struck out seven over eight innings. Bob Wickman struck out two in a perfect ninth to pick up the save.
Atlanta’s record dropped to 45-29 on the season and the loss trimmed their lead in the NL East to 3.5 games.
Andruw Jones hit second in this game and finished 1-for-4. Chipper Jones went 1-for-2 and was also hit by a pitch. Fernando Lunar got the start behind the plate for Atlanta.
Marquis Grissom went 0-for-4 for the Brewers and was part of a lineup that featured ex-Braves Tyler Houston, Jose Hernandez and Henry Blanco.