07/19/12 4:15 PM ET
Chipper balks at Melky's taunts in Atlanta
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
Cabrera, a former Braves outfielder, drew the ire of the Turner Field crowd in the Giants' 9-4 win in 11 innings over the Braves on Wednesday. Cabrera gestured toward the crowd as he rounded the bases after homering in the sixth inning and after Gregor Blanco's 11th-inning home run. He also taunted Jason Heyward on a fly ball in the bottom of the sixth, seemingly daring him to take third base.
The Most Valuable Player of last week's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Cabrera heard some boos when he came to the plate in the eighth inning on Wednesday, and he was immediately brushed back. But the harshest criticism came after the game from Jones.
"That's Melky, and that's why he is not here anymore," Jones said. "He got a little happy when I think Blanco hit the home run. It won't be forgotten."
It was forgotten during Cabrera's four plate appearances during the Braves' 3-2 win over San Francisco on Thursday afternoon, at the very least. Cabrera reached on an infield single, popped out, walked and tripled; perhaps surprisingly, he wasn't plunked by Braves starter Tim Hudson.
Cabrera, who raised his hands after tripling in the eighth inning on Thursday, was booed by the Turner Field fans upon slowly making his way to the plate on a sacrifice fly by Buster Posey.
"We won the game; that's all that matters," Hudson said. "Whenever they want to strut around when they lose, that's fine. That's their own thing."
Using Angel Pagan as his interpreter, Cabrera said he was not trying to show up anybody during this series, which marked the first time Cabrera returned to Atlanta after being released at the end of a one-year stint with the Braves in 2010.
"I just try to play hard baseball," Cabrera said. "Sometimes when the adrenaline is really high, things might happen. But I'm not trying to embarrass anybody. I'm just trying to play hard and be competitive."
Carrying about 20 more pounds than he does now, Cabrera hit .255 with four homers and a .671 on-base plus slugging percentage for the Braves in 2010. He's turned it around in the past two seasons and is batting .357 with a National League-best 128 hits.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Mark Bowman and Chris Haft contributed reporting. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.