2004 Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – An unlikely hero emerged in the 58th annual Hall of Fame Game as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-7.

Jonathan Schuerholz– son of then-Braves’ general manager John Schuerholz– who had been hitting just .165 in 56 games with the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, exploded for four hits, two runs scored and an RBI. He earned Most Valuable Player honors, but would never appear in another Major League game in his career.

Andruw Jones hit a solo shot in the second inning to put Atlanta on the board. Jones was the only Braves’ starter to have a hit in the game.

With the score tied at two, the Twins picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, but Atlanta quickly knotted the score again by scoring twice in the top of the sixth.

Minnesota responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and another in the seventh, but the Braves rallied for a six-run ninth inning to take control of the game.

Jeff Francoeur, Dwayne Wise and Wesley Timmons each homered for Atlanta. Wise and right fielder Gregor Blanco each had two hits, and Blanco’s three RBI led the team.

For Minnesota, Tommy Watkins, Rob Bowen and James Tomlin, all of whom played for the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, each had two hits. Watkins also had three RBI.

Twins’ starter Scott Baker, also called up from New Britain, pitched an effective five innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out eight. Meanwhile, Braves’ starter Paul Byrd surrendered six runs on eight hits in his six innings pitched, but recorded a no-decision, as closer Jose Cappellan picked up the win.

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