Originally created 08/17/00

Braves notebook: Klesko, Boone struggle during series



ATLANTA -- Ex-Braves outfielder Ryan Klesko talked before the series about his former team holding him back.

They certainly did during the series.

Klesko and second baseman Bret Boone, traded to San Diego last Dec. 28 for Reggie Sanders, Quilvio Veras and Wally Joyner, have made the Padres look like winners in the trade, but neither has done well head-to-head against their former team.

That's especially true of Klesko, on pace to have a career year in nearly every offensive category, but has hit an anemic .194 against Atlanta, including 1-for-10 during the Braves' three-game sweep that ended Wednesday.

Boone came into the series hitting .400 in six games against Atlanta, but went 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in the three games.

He had a chance a redemption in the top of the eighth inning, coming to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, and smoked a line drive to left that was caught by the Braves' B.J. Surhoff.

"I came in here and didn't swing the bat well," Boone said. "When you're having a tough series and you hit it hard, that's what happens. When you're going well, that ball gets in the gap."

KAM'S THE MAN:

Relief pitcher Scott Kamieniecki bemoaned his lack of action while with the Cleveland Indians, and his record since the Braves signed him as a free agent on July 5 has supported that argument.

Kamienicki was 1-3 with 5.67 ERA in 26 appearances with Cleveland, but complained that the lack of consistent work made him less effective.

Since coming to Atlanta, he has appeared in 13 games and compiled a 2-1 record (including Wednesday's victory) with two saves while opponents are batting less than .200 against him.

MILESTONE MANIA:

Chipper Jones needs one more hit to reach 1,000 for his career. He collected No. 999 with a sixth-inning single Wednesday.

When he gets his next hit, Jones will join a seemingly ever-expanding group of Braves reaching milestones this season, and they range from significant to borderline inane.

The list began on April 16, when Terry Mullholland pitched his 2,000th career inning.

Andres Galarraga (June 29) and Wally Joyner (Aug. 1) have reached 2,000 career hits. Joyner also launched his 200th career home run on July 29, one day before Tom Glavine notched career win No. 200.

Andruw Jones hit his 100th home run June 24, Reggie Sanders reached 200 stolen bases on June 7, and Greg Maddux set the Major League record for most putouts by a pitcher.

LOPEZ SCRATCHED:

Catcher Javy Lopez was scratched before Wednesday's game with a sore elbow. He was available for pinch-hitting duty and was replaced by Paul Bako.



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