Washington, D.C. - It was a pretty tense post-game clubhouse tonight as you would expect. Peter Moylan was not too happy, Chipper Jones was not too happy. It’s easy to see why with the Braves fresh off a game where they broke up a no-hit bid, tied the game and then lost in the bottom of the ninth. They had some interesting things to say, though.
For the fun of it, I’ll give you a run through just about everything that was said and let you find the golden nuggets. If I know you, AJC blog readers, it won’t take long.
We lead off with the guy who broke up Scott Olsen’s no-hitter….It’s only right….
David Ross on breaking up the no-no:
“When you got a guy out there pitching as well as Tim Hudson was pitching tonight, you want to do anything you can to get on base and try to score some runs for him because he pitched his butt off,” Ross said. “It was nice to just break that thing up.”
Ross on the Moylan pitch Zimmerman hit for a double in the ninth…
“It was middle but it was down, that’s what we wanted,” Ross said. “He takes a hit off the right field wall, it’s just a good piece of hitting. He’s a good hitter. The thing we can’t do there is walk leadoff guys. When you’re talking about a game like that, you can’t give them base runners in situations where we need outs.”
Ross on contemplating the possibility of getting no-hit twice in 20 days:
“I told (third base coach Brian) Snitker that at third in the last inning,” Ross said. “You talk about not getting a hit, nothing against Olsen but you talk about not getting a hit tonight, that train ride would have been awful going to Philly. It stinks even more when you come back and you’ve got a little momentum. Twice we got the bases loaded one out, I ground into a double play then you got Omar Infante first and third with one out and hits a rocket right at shortstop. Just stuff like that is hard to swallow, those kind of losses. They’ve got a lot better team than they’ve had in the past over there, but we’ve got a really good team in here too and we’re not playing up to our capability right now.”
Chipper Jones, when asked about Olsen’s performance. Clearly something else was on his mind….like perhaps the strike zone.
“No comment,” he said. “I’ll get fined if I comment. It’s happened before and it will not happen again.”
Jones when asked about the pitches to Matt Diaz:
“The strike zone to me was fine,” Jones said. (The implication there is that home plate umpire Bill Miller’s strike zone wasn’t exactly consistent.)
Jones on how close the Braves were to getting no-hit for the second time in 20 days:
“I think if that would have happened you’d probably have to put us all on suicide watch,” Jones said.
Jones on whether the Braves offense is better than that:
“We’re trying,” Jones said. “Sometimes it just ain’t in the cards. All that being said, we had first and third with one out in the eighth, we had bases loaded with one out in the ninth and we didn’t score. Until we come through in those situations and at least get one in, we’re going to continue to consistently put losses up. They get two big double plays and you can just feel the momentum shift back in their favor. You walk the leadoff hitter in the ninth and all hell breaks loose after that.”
Tim Hudson on his outing:
“I threw the ball pretty well, gave up a couple homers, I felt like they weren’t horrible pitches they were decent pitches but they got the barrel to them and got them out of the park. I felt good enough out there, I felt I could have put up zeros the whole game, but (Adam) Dunn – he gets paid to hit home runs – made a decent pitch on him, he hit a homer. And Pudge – he’s a good veteran hitter up there – and he got me too so. You got to tip your hat to them. Tip your hat to Olsen. He had us head locked for a while. We were able to get to him, but they got it done a little better than we did late.”
Hudson on an adjustment he made after his last outing:
“Me and (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) made a small adjustment in between my last start and I feel like it’s really going to help me out,” Hudson said. “I moved over closer to the first base side of the rubber. I felt like I had better action on some things.”
Hudson on dueling a guy who’s throwing a no-hitter:
“You understand when guys are on top of their game, you can’t give up much,” Hudson said. “So you’ve got to bear down, you’ve got to make good pitches. You got to tip your cap to the kid over there. I mean, he’s got pretty stuff, but let’s be honest here, I don’t think he’s got no-hit stuff. But he was mixing things up pretty good and had us off-balance and we couldn’t do much with him for a while.”
Peter Moylan on the pitch to Ryan Zimmerman:
“Sinker down the middle, low enough to get him to roll over usually,” Moylan said. “But not tonight.”
Bobby Cox on Olsen:
“He sunk the ball and threw a lot of strikes,” Cox said. “We had a ton of groundballs they made great plays on. Infante grounded into a double play, hit a bullet right at him. Rossy’s ball wasn’t hit as good but it was still right at him, not one way a step, where they can’t turn it. They caught everything tonight in the infield. Zimmerman put on a show.”
Cox on Hudson’s outing:
“Hudson threw great,” Cox said. “He didn’t have any pitches to speak of and he gave up two homers, two solo shots. You expect to get runs but they were hard to come by, for both teams.”
Cox on Heyward’s groin injury:
“Wish we could play him but it’s pretty obvious we can’t right now,” Cox said.
Cox on Diaz’s called third strikes:
“He got called out on some bad pitches,” Cox said.