Chipper Jones decided to test John Mayberry Jr.'s arm on Friday night down in at Atlanta. Jones move may have paid off if Phillies backup catcher extraordinaire Erk Kratz wasn't such a freakin' beast.
Chipper bowled into Kratz at full speed, catching the catcher a bit unprepared for the huge collision. Kratz was sent airborne, but it didn't matter. He remarkably held onto the ball and Larry was sent back to the dugout without a run.
You can watch video of the Chipper-Kratz collision right here.
Our photo choice for Friday night's game thread seems a bit eery now, doesn't it?
The Braves were leading 5-4 at the start of the 7th at the time of this posting...
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, right, is called out at home plate as he collides with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.