Braves postgame comments after Wednesday night’s win vs. Nats

JASON HEYWARD

On the steal of home:

“It was an opportunity to get another run in a big situation. Mac was going it was a 3-2 count; I knew he was going. Snit just said, ‘Hey be ready and see if they throw all the way through and see what we can do from there.’ And that was all. I broke when (Ian) Desmond threw the ball to (Adam) Dunn. I got a little further off as they went for Mac more and once he made the throw, I took off.”

On the rarity of the play:

“It’s a heads-up play. You’re not going to see a lot of it, but when it does happen and you can take advantage of a situation like that it’s always great.”

TIM HUDSON

On his success against the Nats:

“For whatever reason, I’ve been able to go out there and throw the ball pretty well against these guys and make pitches. It’s not to say next time I pitch against these guys I won’t be backing up third all night, but it does feel good to know that you have a history of some success against a team, just for your confidence. But at the same time you’ve really got to go out there and give every team respect and every hitter respect because they can hurt you.”

On the two first-inning runs:

“Any lead with a crooked number in the first inning is huge for a pitcher. You can go out there and be aggressive and know you have a run or so to work with. They got me a lead early and I was able to go out there and be aggressive and make those guys swing the bat to beat us. One-run game or tie ball game late into the game, you know the game can turn on one pitch. You try to be fine sometimes; that’s when you leave a pitch out over the plate because you’re not being aggressive.”

On his left shin:

“It’s OK. It got me pretty good. it’s fine. Just a flesh wound.”

On the 3-6-3 double play turned by Glaus:

“Adam Kennedy had some tough luck tonight. That scores a run, if he doesn’t hit into a double play. Then the ball he hit off my shin was going to score one too. It’s a tie ball game if that doesn’t happen. But sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On the double steal:

“That particular play for me, you’ve got to make sure the pitcher goes home. With my slow speed, if he swings and misses obviously I’m going to be out. It was really the only play that I could make. Luckily Jason got a great break. It was just a great play by Jason.”

On the two first-inning runs:

“It was giant, it was huge for Prado and Heyward to set the table and Chipper to get that sac fly and then to get that second run for Huddy. That’s all he needed. All I can say is Huddy was as good as he’s been all year tonight.”

BOBBY COX

On Hudson doing his usual against the Nats:

“It was the usual thing against everybody. He pitched super tonight. A ton of groundballs, he walked only one. Had strikeouts tonight too. He got a shinburger off his shin pretty good and Huddy is a tough guy. He stayed in and pitched 7 2/3 in this humidity I thought that was a pretty good feat.”

On Heyward’s steal of home:

“We got lucky. We’re sending the runner. It was one out, full count. And Mac is not the fastest guy. He’s not going to pull too many infielders out of position, but we did it anyway. We got lucky and we scored a run.”

On Heyward’s baserunning ability:

“It’s been excellent. It’s 10 off a 10 chart. It’s that good.”

On Glaus’ turn on a 3-6-3 double play:

“Troy that was a super play. That may have been a play of the game. His footwork was excellent. He’s worked at it awfully hard.”

ADAM DUNN (with some help from Nats writer Mark Zuckerman)

On Hudson:

“I’ve faced him, I don’t know how many times, and he’s never just pounded me with sinkers. That’s all me and Ryan (Zimmerman) saw tonight. Ryan’s last at-bat, he saw two sliders. But other than that, he just mixed it up. I’ve never seen him where he threw all sinkers before. He’s probably one of the top three in the game. He’s really good. First of all, he’s got so many pitches he can throw for strikes. His sinker’s so good that you have to respect it. And when it’s throwing it downhill for strikes, it’s a long day like it was today.”

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

On Hudson:

“I think he threw more sinkers tonight than he ever has. He didn’t throw me anything but sinkers until my last at-bat. But he throws strikes. And when he’s throwing strikes with that much movement, it’s hard to get anything. When it’s 92 and has that much downward angle on it, it’s just a tough pitch to hit. That’s why he’s so successful. He knows it’s a tough pitch to hit. He doesn’t really mess around. He just goes right at you. I don’t think he gets enough credit. He’s pretty good. He’s having a really good year. He’s no fun for me to face.”

71 comments Add your comment

JOD

July 28th, 2010
11:35 pm

Refund on Gonzalez please!

MTE

July 28th, 2010
11:36 pm

Did anyone catch the Wren-Jerome Jurenovich interview? Wren looks like he’s been up late! Something up his sleeve? We’ll see!

JTown

July 28th, 2010
11:40 pm

Awesome as always Carroll, thank you!

MTE

July 28th, 2010
11:46 pm

Furman Bisher

July 28th, 2010
11:50 pm

I wonder why I never thought to have such a fabulous blog that actually talked to the guys on the field…for both teams, right after the game. Great job tonight Carroll. Start concluding with some song lyrics and DOB is working the copy room.

Fan since 1977

July 28th, 2010
11:55 pm

Huddy is a stud.

Tmac

July 28th, 2010
11:55 pm

Great to see the comments from the the Nats. Thanks Carroll

Robert

July 28th, 2010
11:56 pm

Philies are coming though and if he they get Oswalt and keep Werth like everyone is saying….they are going to be tough.

from ESPN.COM

“Talks between the Phillies and Astros have intensified in the last day, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. The clubs have more or less agreed on players – J.A. Happ and prospects would go to Houston – but they can’t agree on how much salary the Astros will absorb. Jayson Werth is off the market, so taking on payroll won’t be easy for the Phils.”

Kang & Kodos

July 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

The Braves would have won 3 World Series in the ’90’s but for Bobby Cox. Leo Mazzone was overrated. Chip Caray is a flatulent butthead. Ron Gant was a juicer. Fran Wren wets the bed. Terry Pendleton has no testicles. Troy Glaus is actually 49 years old. Chipper is a p-ssy.

Robert

July 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

“The Phillies and Astros are now dealing one-on-one, with no other teams involved, according to Olney (via Twitter). Jon Heyman of SI.com says the Phillies are the favorites to acquire Oswalt and notes (on Twitter) that the Yanks inquired once. “

Joe Simpson

July 28th, 2010
11:58 pm

Chip did break wind in the booth again.

Fran Wren

July 29th, 2010
12:02 am

Hey guys, the White Sox have offered Andruw in exchange for Hudson. Sounds good to me. What’ya think?

Jesse Jackson

July 29th, 2010
12:05 am

The Braves would win if they had more black players. Look at Heyward.

JRW7

July 29th, 2010
12:05 am

No matter what you think of Yunel’s attitude, he could flat play SS, AG is no YE on defense, Bobby Cox is just blowing smoke.

J

July 29th, 2010
12:06 am

Why not ask Jason about dropping the bat…again?

Jay

July 29th, 2010
12:08 am

Buster Olney? He’s never called anything right.

Sea Bass

July 29th, 2010
12:08 am

What’s wrong with my D? Answer = nothing.

Buster Olney

July 29th, 2010
12:11 am

I hear the Braves are about to get Tim Tebow from the Broncos in exchange for the entire Double-A team. Except Schafer.

J-Hey

July 29th, 2010
12:13 am

Ask me about the damn bat again and I’ll shove it up your ass.

Troy Glaus

July 29th, 2010
12:14 am

Where’s my oxygen tank?

J

July 29th, 2010
12:15 am

Jason I’ll get Carlos Marmol on your ass again…

DI

July 29th, 2010
12:15 am

Glad to see Prado hitting like his normal self again! Great night from Huddy always a win when he goes out…can i hear number 1 starter in postseason??

Billy Wagner

July 29th, 2010
12:15 am

I don’t hear any of y’all bitching about me tonight.

Jonny Venters

July 29th, 2010
12:18 am

I regret appealing. That old man is killing my left arm.

Omar Infante

July 29th, 2010
12:19 am

How did yall like my Chipper impersonation in the 9th?

Melky Cabrera

July 29th, 2010
12:20 am

Ever seen a 250 lb. Milk Man round the bases faster than me? No.

Jonny Venters

July 29th, 2010
12:22 am

I’m gonna hang out with Eric during my suspension to get that Viral Infection. Hopefully it involves no contact though. We dont get down like that in Kentucky.

bruce

July 29th, 2010
12:31 am

Thank you Carroll !!!!

Booby Cox

July 29th, 2010
12:33 am

Oh, shut up Venters, you’d rather trade places with McLouth? I’ll throw you until that thing falls off if I want to. I’m great with relievers, just ask Kolb and Wickman.

And learn how to spell your name.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 29th, 2010
12:48 am

First of all, to whomever keeps posting as random Braves players: Thank you! I almost choked from laughing so hard.

Secondly, it’s nice to see Hudson be our pitching ace. He’s been our most consistent pitcher all year. Now, I’m just worried which Lowe we’re going to be seeing tomorrow…

Dan

July 29th, 2010
12:55 am

If the Braves let the Phillies get Oswalt, they’re going to be in serious trouble. And what are the odds Heyward moves to CF and Cabrera/Blanco/Diaz/Hinkse share the corners after Blanco comes back up this weekend?

tristan

July 29th, 2010
1:02 am

Huddy “it’s just a flesh wound”. That was straight out of National Lampoon’s European Vacation!

CLASSIC

Monger

July 29th, 2010
1:02 am

See, this is why I was ticked off about not resigning LaRoche before the season. I had this feeling we would be right where we are, and could use a 2nd half heat rocket of a bat like LaRoche’s. I dont know what kind of miracle worker Wren is, and I know Adam is pretty bitter about the Braves letting him walk after a MONSTER 2nd half last season. But maybe Wren is a magic man after all and can BEG and PLEAD and somehow get Adam in a Braves uniform for the 2nd half so he can hit .350 and spark this Braves offense to another WORLD SERIES!!!

First step= get Corey Hart, giving up as litttle as you can, i know we’d have to include at least 2 promising prospects, but if thats it and say Melky or Nate, I’ll take that in a “Hart”beat..

2nd Step- Doubtful, but if we cant get Hart, lets try luring LaRoche away from the D-backs, who are in last place and desperately need pitching.

- I in NO WAY want to give up lots of talent for these guys, I am oppossed to anything that would deplete our farm system like the Tex trade a few years back. I would only do these if it was for 2-3 prospects that I felt were expendable, and no more than 2-3 prospects can we lose this year… and Id throw in Melky, McLouth, Diaz as well, whatever it takes. I recently read we have 7 minor leaguers in MLB’s top 50 prospects…we need to hang on to these like gold. If we had to give up 1 to get Hart, I would be fine with that.

-We have a real shot to win the WS this year, lets take a little risk, nothing too big, and try to get Hart or LaRoche to boost up the 2nd half offense. This team loves Adam and Corey would fit in great here too…Lets go Wren, get on the phones and land one of these guys without giving up much

kevinnovator

July 29th, 2010
1:17 am

Like having comments from the other dugout. Nice job.

John H

July 29th, 2010
1:24 am

Braves definitely should be active here at the deadline in my opinion. Phillies appear to be in talks for one or two huge deals, I think Wren has something up his sleeve and I hope it’s a great addition for the braves. I haven’t heard much about anyone lately, I really think Marlon Byrd would be a perfect fit, from Georgia, hustle player, good defensively, .300 hitter, and affordable on a team that is selling. Hawpe or Spilborghs might be options as well though, we will find out soon though!

AZBravoFan

July 29th, 2010
1:56 am

I thought the “flesh wound” quote was from Monty Python…

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 29th, 2010
2:15 am

Well, the Phillies and Astros have just agreed to trade Oswalt. Now it’s just up to Oswalt to approve the trade. I hope he sticks to his guns and doesn’t move to a team he doesn’t want to be on.

Dr. K

July 29th, 2010
2:20 am

Everyone stop obsessing on the Phillies making a charge. They came off a 2-6 road trip and came home to play a sad sack Rockies team that appears to have quit. Now they have beaten the horrid D’Backs twice in a row. They still have a lot of problems. The Braves are still a house of cards but maybe they can keep it together. Huge step up by Tim Hudson tonight to right the ship.

Mike

July 29th, 2010
2:48 am

Well the phils added Oswalt, which doesnt really scare me, but they are also looking at Jose Bautista (who we should be going after). If they get him also, and we dont get a solid impact bat, we will be done. Our pitching is very good, but it is not dominate (except Hudson). I am concerned. If FW doesnt pull off something, and we fall, its all on him. We have known since last season that we need an impact bat, and he still has yet to get one. And the reason may be that we are strapped with bad contracts that he is responsible for (Kawakami, Lowe).

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 29th, 2010
3:13 am

@Mike — The Phillies don’t have Oswalt yet… though I’m sure in a few hours that will change.

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:31 am

Mike is correct. Check yahoo sports

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:34 am

herehttp://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AjyEcHh6BxTDuvwyvJz1na45nYcB?slug=ti-oswalt072810

Robert

July 29th, 2010
3:40 am

Halladay/Oswalt/Hamels > Hudson/Hanson/Jurigens

Phillies lineup > Braves lineup

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:48 am

robert thanks for adding bullpen and bench

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:49 am

robert thanks for comparing the 4 and 5 starters whom also have to start every five days until the end of the regular season. you have to win those games too.

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:51 am

robert go ahead and give them Brown over Heyward in ROY running.

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:52 am

robert perhaps you should include genital size too. Who wins that one?

tristan

July 29th, 2010
3:58 am

robert, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

tristan

July 29th, 2010
4:01 am

robert- Happ was 12-4 for the Phils last year. This year 1-0. How much better is Oswalt than that? How much did the Phillies actually improve on those stats? Check yo self fool

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 29th, 2010
5:22 am

@tristan — That doesn’t say Oswalt was traded… it merely states the two teams agree on the players, but that Oswalt has not yet approved it.

Ralph

July 29th, 2010
7:20 am

What if Glaus doesn’t come out of his slump, will Bobby keep running him out there day after day until he reaches the McOut numbers, bring up Freeman, Offer Infante and Minor for Hart or Crawford, if they aren’t going use Infante might as well get what we really need instead of just keeping him on the bench.

vermont 39

July 29th, 2010
8:09 am

Why don’t all of you nervous nellies take a chill pill!!!
Who cares what other teams are doing. We only have one mission WIN BALL GAMES and series. This isn’t football where you lose 3-4 in a row and your gone…WE ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE NL!!!!
Give us real fans a break. We haven’t had this much fun since Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine!!!

hAL

July 29th, 2010
8:37 am

i thought bp hanson was our ace what a disapontment to find out its the guy everyone called wren crazy for resighning last winter maybe frank knows a tpouch more then the 12yo on this blog bloging from mommys basement with there last copy of baseball prospective hiding there gay playboys mags lol

Joe

July 29th, 2010
8:39 am

braveshoo

July 29th, 2010
8:50 am

WE missed the boat on scott Posednic of the Royals. Plays CF; bats leadoff; Hitting .310; has 44 rbis; has 46 runs scored; and cost the Dodgers nothing. Lost out on this one. Contract was only 1.5 million too with an option next year for 2 million. Much better thad Nate McClouth or Melky.

heymmered

July 29th, 2010
8:52 am

I think a trade with Infante may be in the works. He hasnt played lately and may have hit his highest selling point by being an all-star.

Glausome?

July 29th, 2010
9:28 am

DOB is about to be DOA if Carroll keeps up the good work.

Keith

July 29th, 2010
9:56 am

It was originally from Monty Python and then quoted in Lampoon’s. :) That was a fun comment.

Anyway, yes, I think we should get another bat before the deadline….or maybe after the deadline if any of the good guys are still around. I don’t think Cody Ross is that much of an upgrade, especially when we have INFANTE who has our highest avg riding the bench and can play almost anywhere.

However, if Hart appears to be ok with the wrist issue, then get him. Or maybe Willingham….or I even like C Young.

Toomy Hanson

July 29th, 2010
9:59 am

Hey, guys, chill out, I’ve been throwing a better since Roger had me move over to the other side of the rubber. IF Oswalt approves the trade (see http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5418615) you really think that Halliday-Hamels-Oswalt is a better rotation than Huddy, JJ and me? Hamels had a meltdown last year and last Oswalt he got lit up by the Reds.

Just give us offensive support. If we score 5, we win. If we don’t score 5, we lose. It’s that friggin simple.

And I would platoon Glaus and Hinske at 1B, and Diaz and Infante in LF. I know they are both righties, but Omar can hit anyone. And Diaz has hit like what, .380, since he came off the DL?

Oswalt deal update

July 29th, 2010
10:10 am

Updated: July 29, 2010, 9:57 AM ET

Source: Oswalt deal agreed upon

The Phillies and Astros have intensified talks in the past 24 hours about a deal that would send pitcher Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia, sources said.
The teams have agreed to the players who will be exchanged, as well as the financial terms that will address the $23 million remaining on Oswalt’s contract, according to a major league source with knowledge of the deal.
It is now up to Oswalt to decide whether to waive his no-trade clause.
The agreement on trade terms was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.
There have been doubts about whether Oswalt is willing to do so for a move to the Phillies. Despite reports to the contrary, the Phillies have gotten no indication that the 32-year-old right-hander has dropped his request that the Phillies pick up his option for 2012. The Phillies have already balked at that demand.
Oswalt has hinted he might be willing to restructure his contract or compromise on that request. But there has been no indication that he would approve a deal without some sort of financial inducement.
Now that the Phillies have taken outfielder Jayson Werth off the market, they would no longer be able to clear money off their $142 million payroll to absorb the approximately $5 million that remains in Oswalt’s salary for the rest of this year.
So they have asked the Astros to pay a significant portion of Oswalt’s money. The 32-year-old right-hander has a $16 million guarantee for next season, plus either a $2 million buyout or a $16 million option for 2012.
A further sign that the Phillies remain the favorite — and perhaps the only team left — in the talks for Oswalt is that the two other clubs that had been in the bidding, the Cardinals and Dodgers, have moved on to pursue other deals.
The Cardinals have concentrated on second-tier starters and on an infield bat. The Dodgers, meanwhile, made a trade Wednesday for Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik, and were more focused on trying to trade for Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly and Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm than they were on continuing talks for Oswalt.
Nevertheless, it was also clear the Phillies weren’t particularly confident that they were going to be able to trade for Oswalt themselves. They made contact with the Cubs about Lilly and with the Indians about both Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona. And they had a scout in Cleveland to watch Carmona’s start against the Yankees.
With less than 72 hours remaining before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, Oswalt remained the Phillies’ top priority, sources said. But Oswalt told MLB.com Wednesday that he wants “a little bit of time” to decide whether to approve any trade the Astros agree to.
“I’m hoping it’s not going to be dropped on me an hour before the deadline,” he said.
Oswalt didn’t specify how much time he would need. But regardless, for the Phillies and Astros, the clock was ticking louder than ever Wednesday.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

Jesse Stone

July 29th, 2010
10:11 am

Robert- Who is Jurigens?

heymmered

July 29th, 2010
10:52 am

was gonzalez a late scratch?

LJ

July 29th, 2010
11:09 am

Just a flesh wound actually goes way back to the old westerns of the late 40’s and early to mid 50’s

lifetimebravesfan

July 29th, 2010
11:30 am

John H–good idea about Marlon Byrd. I like that fit.

JMOR

July 29th, 2010
11:36 am

Oswald gets $16million…How did we ever agree to give a 36 year old Derick Lowe $60million for 4 years? What a terrible contract.

Adrián

July 29th, 2010
11:57 am

I heard that the Angels will become sellers, I would like if the Braves can pick up Bobby Abreu and move Heyward to CF. I think that it will give the Braves more power in the lineup. The other option I like is Cory Hart and maybe Bautista. I personally don´t like Cody Ross or Josh Willingham.

LA RAZA

July 29th, 2010
12:18 pm

We need an investigation on why Chipper is playing instead of Omar Infante. We demand our rights for Latino ballplayers.

Jborodawg

July 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Please think before making negative comments about Glaus and Chipper. Glaus plays excellent D for one thing. For another, most if not all players go thru batting slumps. It has nothing to do with T.P. Get off his case too. During June yall were falling all over yourselfs in praise of Cox, T.P., Glaus…’specially Heyward. What’s J.H’s BA? What’s Mac’s BA? A.Gonz was an excellent trade; stop taking up for the mercurial Y.E. Yep, Mcclouth needed to be sent down; his D wasn’t so hot; not nearly aggressive enough; not to mention his bat. Chipper’s playing ‘adequate’ D and comes up with a game-changing or game-winning RBI every now and then. He’s his own best critic; he’ll retire after this season and make some of yall very happy. But, right now he’s still a pretty valuable member of the team. What’s the TEAM BA? What’s the TEAM av with RISP? It aint all Chipper and Glaus’ fault. And it aint all Bobby and T.P.’s fault. It’s a team sport and they win/lose as a team.

Huh?

July 29th, 2010
1:39 pm

Soriano—28 Saves

Nate

July 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

Jborodawg

If we win and lose as a team why did Chipper single me out instead of launching his attacks against the team. If he gets to talk about me then people should be able to talk about him and anyone else. His defense is weak, he fakes getting hurt when he makes a bone head play. I guess it is a team sport when your favorites are attacked but it is sportsmanship when Chipper attacks other players.

Braves86

July 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Glaus is a stud at first base. To look at him you will think he is slow. But remember he isa third baseman and a pretty good one.

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