Braves comments after 3-1 loss to Halladay

BOBBY COX

On Halladay

“Doc was on top of his game tonight. It’s just a great performance. You figure you’ve almost got to throw a shutout to beat him. He’s that good. He has been for years. When he gives up runs they’re little ground-ball base hits and things like that. He never walks anybody. I think he went ball 3 three times tonight. He just doesn’t do it….It’s no shame only getting one run off a guy like that, when he’s like that.”

On Lowe

“Lowe has been throwing really good. I think he gave up only two flyballs all night (other than the Greg Dobbs’ homer).”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Halladay

“He painted. He used his off-speed stuff late in the game. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks to do what he did tonight. If he’s on, he can shut you down at any time.”

On swinging early in the count

“He doesn’t walk anybody, there’s no point (to being patient). If you get behind in the count against him he’s going to strike you out. You’ve got to hope he’s missing his spot by a little bit and tonight he wasn’t.”

 On Lowe

“I thought he pitched great. He kept them off balance, got groundballs, kept us right there and we just couldn’t. I tip my hat to what Halladay did tonight.”

CHIPPER JONES

On supplying the Braves’ only two runs vs. Halladay in four career outings

“That’s not good,” Jones said. “if I remember right, that’s spanning about 12 years too. He doesn’t make any mistakes. He made one mistake all night and we got one run out of it. We made one mistake and they got two runs out of it. It’s just a good baseball game all the way around. He’s really, really tough on righties. Our right-handed bats really couldn’t do anything. I don’t think they got a hit. Just tip your cap. He can’t throw every day.”

(Braves lefties were 5-for-17 vs. Halladay, righties were 0-for-13)

“Some lefties are going to barrel him up every once in a while. Man to see what he does against righties is astounding. Next time we face him, I’d be throwing every left-handed batter that has a heartbeat up there against him, just because he’s so much tougher on righties.”

DEREK LOWE

On the home run pitch to Dobbs

“I think any time you give up a home run you want to see where it is and I went and looked at it (on video), and I’d throw it again. It was right where we wanted it. Maybe he was sitting on it, who knows. It was a good game, competitive game. Any time (Halladay) gets a lead, it’s pretty tough. It goes to show what this guy can do even if he gets just a one-run lead. You can’t hang your head when a guy pitches like that. This guy is one of the best in the game.”

Me beating to death, where the pitch was:

“Outer half. When you throw 110 pitches it’s foolish to try to analyze one pitch. There were a lot of pitches. He happened to hit that one for a home run. In this park, especially, you can’t walk guys and that was my No. 1 goal coming into today is no walks because this park can bite you if you put extra guys on base. We were able to accomplish that goal. Sometimes you just get beat. The guy pitched a tremendous game. We can talk all day about what ifs and the guy just pitched a tremendous game, he beat us, and that’s about the end of the story.”

On strides he’s made since a seven-run outing in Philly on May 17

“This is where it all started…I had the game in Arizona that wasn’t good but it’s been a lot more competitive games. That’s been the most encouraging thing is you feel like you’re going to pitch a good game; you feel like you have a better game plan.”

25 comments Add your comment

Herschel Talker

July 5th, 2010
11:34 pm

Well pitched game by Lowe. Just ran into a better pitcher. The matchups look favorable for us over the next 2 games.

hAL

July 5th, 2010
11:55 pm

im not sure about jj in that crappy park when jj needed a k in his last start he went upstairs with a high rider high fastballs in that american legionn park end up on the board !!

Alex

July 6th, 2010
12:15 am

Great game by both pitchers, but like Chipper said, Halladay can’t pitch every game, and that’s why the Braves are #1. We’ve got a solid arm on the mound every game.

LuisG

July 6th, 2010
12:28 am

The top of the 8th was key for us. Blanco laid down a beautiful bunt to get on base leading off, and then Bobby refused to even make Brooks Conrad fake a bunt once. Blanco was unfortunately caught stealing second (he barely beat the throw but the pop-up slide got him) and then the inning was quickly over. Had Conrad bunted Blanco over, it would’ve been a different situation Prado hitting with a runner on scoring position and Infante on-deck.

Nice to see Chipper homering left-handed to the opposite way on a belt-high fastball. And good to see him driving the ball to right field with a couple of line drives (one of them was caught, though).

Hamels is hittable, so let’s get him!

LuisG

July 6th, 2010
12:29 am

Good outing by Lowe, too. What was that thing he had on his right thumb and the top of the 2nd while in the dugout?

Fan since 1977

July 6th, 2010
12:35 am

hAL, you ignorant slut -

Lowe pitched his ass off and made one mistake. And we ran into arguably the best pitcher in the NL (Jimenez fans insert comments here). JJ can definitely throw 6 – 7 good innings there, in fact I’ll bet you your remedial school tuition JJ goes 7 and doesn’t give up more than 2 ER.

Just tip your cap to Halliday. Guy is unbelieveable. Tough loss, but the Mets lost, too, so no harm there. We’re doing fine.

How freakin’ cool was it for Infante to be named an All-Star? I love it. I just wish Bobby had accepted the invitation to be a coach. He would have gotten a great reception. And the players voting in B-Mac proves that, despite his stats, we have the best catcher in the NL.

Take the next 2, Bravos.

ABravesFan

July 6th, 2010
1:01 am

It was a good game…with the exception of Prado’s bobble which turned into an error. I liked that the Braves were able to at least get a runner on late even if Blanco got caught stealing and Hinske was erased in a DP. Just got to bounce back tomorrow and Wednesday and try to win the series.

nucleophile

July 6th, 2010
2:50 am

Too bad that the Doc (Lowe has a PhD in organic chemistry from Duke) could not beat the Doc although Derek pitched a very good game with his effective sinker, but he did not pitch exceptionally as in a shutout with a low pitch count. Still not worth $15 million.

Frankie Knuckles

July 6th, 2010
2:59 am

No he doesn’t

willie g really hates bill shanks

July 6th, 2010
5:57 am

this team will not beat roy hallady and they are not going to win this series because ALL WORLD MOYER is going wednesday another pitcher that masters the braves and they will be in 2nd place come monday because they will get the knuckleball pitcher dickey friday in newyork sorry brave fans the yankees are the team to beat they have the best record in baseball the earliest to 50 wins back to back world series.you got to love it.

Scott

July 6th, 2010
7:29 am

BRIAN MCCANN

On Halladay

On swinging early in the count

“He doesn’t walk anybody, there’s no point (to being patient).”

Except that it allows him to keep his pitch count low and pitch the entire game against you.

bravesgrl4lifeeee

July 6th, 2010
7:58 am

Hey, it’s all good. The Phillies are still 4 games back and the Mets lost, so they are still 2 games back. Guess I won the pseudo bet I had with my customer about who would be in first after the 4th of July weekend :) Being the classy lady I am, tho, I am not going to send an email just to point that out :)

Jesse Stone

July 6th, 2010
9:21 am

Scott- I disagree. If you know the best pitch you are going to get is the first pitch, you swing at it.

Bravefalconhawk

July 6th, 2010
9:56 am

Hey willie g, why are you here??

Melky way

July 6th, 2010
10:01 am

You know hAL is not worth responding to.

Braves Fan Since "80

July 6th, 2010
10:07 am

There will be days like this….while our bats were silenced by a great pitcher we must know come playoffs that is all we will see, top pitchers.

The Braves need this pressure before the break to make management and players really think…. this team needs a starting left fielder with some pop or a high avg and speed…. If you got somebody like that why would you let them go…. Not many emerging JD Drews and Johnny Damons available

Braves Fan Since "80

July 6th, 2010
10:15 am

Lowe was OK but not great…….. he had the lead and gave up a walk and home run……. Lowe was not strong enough against one of the best pitchers

Keith

July 6th, 2010
10:16 am

I will agree that Bobby should have considered bunting Blanco over in the 8th, but if you noticed…Blanco looked back at the catcher during the attempted steal and actually SLOWED down when that happened. They teach you in little league never to look back…..I think he might have beat the throw. Then we have Blanco on 3rd after Conrad bunts him there with 1 out…changes the momentum and how Halladay would have pitched.

But I like our matchups the next couple of days. We’ll see.

Keith

July 6th, 2010
10:19 am

Oh yes, I forgot we have Moyer tomorrow. Yikes. Maybe just 1 of 3 this series….we’ll need to win the series vs the Mets if that happens…any predictions, Dave?

Or is that another blog incoming? :)

Jesse Stone

July 6th, 2010
10:22 am

Blanco looked back because he was expecting a run & hit. That’s the only explanation I can think of. Other than that Keith, you are correct. There is no reason to look back. Having said that, the way Halladay was going last night, I’m not sure getting a runner in scoring position would’ve helped much.

TOMY FOURNIER

July 6th, 2010
10:56 am

WHY CONRAD NOT BUNT…ANOTHER “MORON COX” MISTAKE…THE ONE AND THE ONLY..YES!!

Braves326

July 6th, 2010
11:01 am

Lowe pitched OK, but not great?

Not so sure about that, he pitched an outstanding game if you ask me. He had a terrific sinker last night, just made a mistake to Dobbs.

Halladay has so many pitches and great control. That backdoor cutter was brutal to watch.

What?

July 6th, 2010
11:34 am

The play in which Blanco was thrown out at second, was a hit and run play, all the way. Halladay threw Conrad a pitch that was low and inside that he didn’t swing at(it was unhittable, according to Smotlz and Johnson).
Blanco did not beat the ball to second.
Do any of the want-a-be GMs know what Willingham’s or Hart’s salaries are and if the Braves have the money to pay one of them, with the payroll budget limitations that they have.
I wouldn’t trade away any of the talent in the minors, and who is going to want McLouth or Cabrera?

SC Smith

July 6th, 2010
1:02 pm

On the Blanco play it was a hit and run and Conrad had to be swinging no matter where it was, at least to maybe mess up the catcher. But give the catcher credit he made a perfect throw, or he wouldn’t have got him. Also Lowe couldn’t have pitched much better.

jim

July 6th, 2010
4:08 pm

In the 8th inning in sunday’s game the same situation occurred. blanco on 1st with Conrad batting. Bobby chose to sacrifice him to second where he died. Last night Bobby chose to hit-and-run with a 2-1 count. With Halladay, one would expect to get a strike. If the play had worked we would all be praising Cox for making something happen to get the tieing run to third base. Unfortunately, Conrad did not get a hittable strike and the catcher made a perfect throw. Cox deserves credit for trying to make something happen there.

On another note, I usually like Smoltz as an analyst, but last night Smoltz and Johnoson were paying so much homage to Halladay that they treated the game as lost as soon as it was 2-1 Phillies

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