Braves quotes after Monday’s 11-inning win

BOBBY COX

“A great finish. We had great pitching all night, a great game from Tommy and the bullpen was just a machine tonight. And we finally got a big hit to win the ballgame.

“Mac got us one to get out in front, and I can’t say enough about the pitching. Tommy was just outstanding, and the bullpen was just great. And not a better guy up there than Omar.”

“Prado’s definitely going to be out a while. He’s got a hip pointer. They’ll keep evaluating him and see.”

On the Braves’ late-innings magic of Turner Field this season

“Well, we pitch good here, and good pitching gives you a chance. We’ve won a ton of games in extra innings, the ninth inning, and the eight inning here.”

On Prado’s diving defensive play in fourth inning

“I think that’s when he really got hurt. That ball was by him, and he may have pulled something, then he hit the ground. It was completely by him. I couldn’t believe he caught that ball. I played third a long time and never made one like that.”

Omar provided sparks with defense, two-out bunt single, game-ending hit, etc.

“Omar’s a gamer. It’s the hardest-working team I’ve ever had, and he’s one of the guys who’s really into it every day.”

On Hanson’s tough luck

“He didn’t get [a decision] again tonight. The game was on the line right there and we had to do what we thought was best.

“We’ve blown, I think, six of his games, and we haven’t scored hardly any runs for him…. But he’s a team guy. He understands, it doesn’t matter.”

TOMMY HANSON

“All my pitches felt good. I sat down with Rog and Mac before the game and came up with a gameplan and stuck to it. It worked out.”

Any added pressure tonight?

“No, there’s no extra pressure. Every game is big for us now. We just need to go out and keep playing hard, and hopefully good things will happen for us.”

On his bloody thumb

“On sliders, I cut myself, like, five times. Just [the nail of] my index finger, when I followed through I kept cutting [the top of the thumb]. It’s just one of those things, just try to file it down and Super Glue it up and do the best you can with it.”

On the team win

“It’s a huge homestand, and we’ve got five big games left. We need to take it one game at a time and just go out and try to win every night.”

On Hanson not getting a win

“I felt like I kept us in the game, and it it wasn’t for that eighth inning we would have won 1-nothing. I felt like I went out and gave us a chance to win. I did my job tonight.”

On the bullpen

“They did a phenomenal job. And the defensive plays all game – Prado with that play, Ankiel running that ball down, Infante’s play, the double play ball they turned … there were a lot of good defensive plays. They put a lot of balls in play. I was just trying to keep the ball down, get some ground balls, and they made the defensive plays.”

On seeing Prado leave the game injured

“He’s a huge part of our team. It’s never fun to see someone hurt, especially your teammate, and someone who’s got us to this point where we are right now. At the time you’ve just got to try to clear it out and go out and keep competing. Soon as I got in here I went up to him and talked to him a little bit. It’s definitely not a fun thing to see.”

MARTIN PRADO

“It started when I dived for that ball [diving stop of Uggla's liner in fourth inning] and landed on my left thigh and hip. By the time I dove for the other ground ball [Stanton's fifth-inning single] I landed on the same spot. I felt real bad pain. By the time I swung during that at-bat [in bottom of the fifth] I heard, like, a pop. I couldn’t even run. I was in so much pain, it was hard for me to even walk.”

“I iced it down three times, feel the same pain [after game]. They gave me a couple of pills, pain-killers, and we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Any cortisone or other shot?

“We’ve got to wait till tomorrow, get another X-ray, see what the doctor’s going to say.”

On Stanton’s single in 5th inning

“I was worried about the bat; he broke the bat. I was looking at the bat, and by the time I dove for the ball I couldn’t even put my hands down to help cushion the landing. I just landed on the same place [on his hip].”

Did you ask what’s best-case scenario?

“I asked. They said this injury happens a lot to football players. We’ll see tomorrow. Get some treatment, go day-by-day.”

On possibility he could miss rest of regular season

“That would be … that’s going to be a shame. All this battle, and playing with the groin and finger [injuries], to end it like this – that’s going to be the worst for me.”

BRIAN McCANN

On Prado

“With five games left, any time you lose Prado that’s not good at all. We’ve lost Chipper, we’ve lost [other guys]. Guys are just going to have to step up. Guys have been doing it all year. Brooks Conrad can easily step in and do the job.”

On the win

“Tommy Hanson, I can’t say enough about what he’s done. It’s almost like he’s taken that next step. He’s changing speeds, locating all his pitches, he’s keeping hitters off-balance. He’s turning into a – he’s taking that next step, I think.”

On Hanson having a losing record with a 3.41 ERA

“We’ve got to start hitting for him. But right now all that matters is that we get wins.”

On Omar Infante

“He’s done that all year. He’s the guy you want up in that situation. He battled, had a great at-bat, was able to fight it off and find a hole.”

On the win

“We played a good game. Obviously we’d like to swing the bats a little better, but tonight our pitching staff did what they’ve done all season long – stepped up, pitched awesome. Just an all-around great game tonight.”

Marlins 2B DAN UGGLA

On Prado, who made terrific play to catch Uggla’s fourth-inning line drive

“He’s just a great, solid player. If you hit the ball anywhere within his reach, even a lot outside of him, he’s going to find a way to catch it.”

On what he said to Prado coming off the field after that play in fourth

“I was saying, I’m going to remember that.”

On how that play is where Prado originally hurt his hip

“Hopefully it’s nothing major and he won’t miss many games, because he’s such a big part of that team.”

(Note: Omar Infante was working out after the game and unavailable to reporters before midnight.)

50 comments Add your comment

Sweet Daddy

September 28th, 2010
1:03 am

First. Again.

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
1:04 am

Ok braves gotta tip your hats to the funnies. The put you in “first” in wc.

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
1:06 am

Dang iPhone spell ck Cubbies dangit. Cubbies put you in first. Tip your hat to the cubbies … Geeze

Sweet Daddy

September 28th, 2010
1:06 am

And the Nats laid down for the Phils yet again. What a joke!

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
1:07 am

Oh and that 2-1 win helped too….. Go Braves!!!!!!

Tomas

September 28th, 2010
1:07 am

Uggla wanna play left field next year for ATL?

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
1:09 am

Yea Halliday pitching 9 and 2 hitter didn’t do a whole lot to help either. . Ph the phillies. Well get our chances. Let’s take it one at a time. And beat phish then phillies and take WC. And take our chances then. Go Bravos!!!!

shmoe still believes

September 28th, 2010
1:12 am

aww…dan uggla givin love.

shmoe still believes

September 28th, 2010
1:13 am

we could use uggla’s 32 homers

Snit

September 28th, 2010
1:16 am

Nut Up Braves!!And Please..no More stupid comments here…Big Win Tonight!

Puma

September 28th, 2010
1:18 am

Got to feel bad for Prado, sucks. Go Bravos, Go Cubbies, 3 of 5 games would be alright, 4 of 5 would get her done.

Arcadio

September 28th, 2010
1:19 am

We need to take it one game a time, the offense is still struggling but as long as the great pitching continues, we have a shot. Also, San Diego losing tonight was huge.

RC in the ATL

September 28th, 2010
1:24 am

We need ONE measley player to get hot and the rest of the team could very well catch fire. Could it be Brooksy? Gosh, I hope so.

Tonight’s game was SUCH a HUGE win for the Braves. Man, oh man! Now, they gotta keep it going. I think we are going to need to head into this weekend with a lead in the wildcard standings. The Phillies are not going to just roll over. And I can’t imagine them not wanting to get their big three a few innings to tune up. Plus, Howard and Utley have missed a lot of time already this year. So, they might be playing more than just one or two ABs a game.

Best case scenario for the Braves…try and find a way to win these three games and go into the weekend with a one or two game lead in the WC.

I sure hope Huddy and Lowe can go on three days. I am glad they are going to the hill. Heck, I’d rather have those two on two days rest than Minor or Beachy!

Innocent Bystander

September 28th, 2010
1:29 am

Well, hurts to lose Prado but he wasn’t doing a whole lot in the 3 hole recently. Get JHey in there and maybe that’ll be the spark this offense needs to get going again.

Darryl Blackberry

September 28th, 2010
1:37 am

Clutch Conrad — not a bad replacement for Martin. I can live with it.

Daniel

September 28th, 2010
1:44 am

@shmoe still believes, yeah but how many of those 32 homers have come against the braves, Dan Uggla is a Braves killer.

Mr. Enigma

September 28th, 2010
2:14 am

I think it’s time to put Hinske back in LF. He’s been getting some big pinch hits recently. He had one of the RBIs off Halladay.

NCBRAVESFAN

September 28th, 2010
2:41 am

Hate to have Prado out but a little rest may be good for him so we can have him in the NLDS, if we make it, or when we make it. Good thing is we have some depth at 3B, can move Glaus or Conrad in there. I wish we would give Glaus a start, hes gotta be hungry for some AB’s after sitting for so long. I could see him coming off the bench huge for us these last few games. Lets get another W tomorrow and take that magic number to 4!

kaminari

September 28th, 2010
3:23 am

Sure nice to see the win. Hopefully can string together a little run to finish it & put all these doomsday bloggers (myself, included) to rest. Btw, seeing the Phils locker room celebration puts it in perspective. Heck, I was feeling really good for those guys cause I remember those old feelings. I hope we can experience the champagne, tip our caps to that, a few times before this era ends.

Keith

September 28th, 2010
3:50 am

Huge win! Offense lost opportunities, but Hanson was amazing (again). :)

If we lose Prado for a while, that might be the end of us. I hope not.

GO BRAVES!!!!! Bounce back, Huddy.

Nocahomas' Wigwam

September 28th, 2010
5:42 am

“Omar Infante was working out after the game and unavailable to reporters before midnight”.

I hope Derrek Lee, Santa Glaus, and about 3/4’s of the offense were with him. Geez is it too much to ask to get SOME RUNS????!!!! I’d rather see Cadahia in there at first right now.

Papadawg

September 28th, 2010
7:29 am

I think without Prado the Braves are doomed. He is MVP of this team cause the team has not the same since he was injured.

hAL

September 28th, 2010
7:30 am

put accordion heyward in the 10 hole put brokksie in the 3 hole hes had more big hits then anyone on the team lol

Jonathon

September 28th, 2010
8:26 am

Should Glaus start at 3B instead of Conrad. Maybe not against Sanchez, but against the lefty Miller on Wednesday?

joedub

September 28th, 2010
8:32 am

Yeah I agree with the guys pushing Uggla. His RH bat would look real good at 2B and in the middle of the Braves lineup next year.

P'cola Brave

September 28th, 2010
8:42 am

Joedub

Agreed. I’d take Uggla for second. If Chip comes back just slide Prado to left. A lot of people forget that Prado plays a lot of LF in his winter league.

don

September 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Only the loss column is significant now. The Braves and the Padres are tied.

Unfortunately, the Braves have no one who can hit. Look at the lineup. Sadly, there is nothing there. Go position by position, There is no one at any position on the Braves who is playing near as well as his counterpart on the Phillies- and that includes Prado and Infante. We won’t look a tthe pitching. It is worse.

so, if the Braves make the playoffs, it will likely be a quick exit, but, that is how it went in most other years.

knarf

September 28th, 2010
9:52 am

nobody likes a donnie downer…

2010 NL East Champion Phillies!

September 28th, 2010
9:54 am

HA HA HA HA HA HA

For anyone that thinks the Braves can beat the 2010 NL East Division Champion – Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS…. All I have to ask is… Did you watch the series in Philadelphia last week?

I don’t what makes you Braves Butt Munchers look more stupid… Thinking that Braves will beat the Phillies in the NLCS or just thinking that the Braves will make the playoffs.

heymmered

September 28th, 2010
9:57 am

I would love to see Glaus get in there and get some at bats. I just don’t know how much I trust him at third with two sinker ball pitchers in Huddy and Lowe. The Marlins also have a ton of speed which bunts for base hits. May not be the best series to try Glaus at third.

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
10:05 am

Just get tto the playoffs then it’s a whole new game. Just get to the playoffs. Go. Bravos

knarf

September 28th, 2010
10:08 am

Hey Phillies fan… yeah, watched the series… saw your vaunted (is that word too big for you? go ahead, look it up, I’ll wait) offense struggle against 2 rookie pitchers and a second year guy. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when our aces match up with yours… should make for some great pitching duels.

Chillahill43

September 28th, 2010
10:11 am

Braves won’t have to beat the ph king phillies they are gonna lose the 1st series the arms are gonna let you down. Werth has carried you thhis far but he’s gonna let you down phillies gonna let you down just like ya momma did!!! The fall will be great and loud. Go braves

nashvillewill

September 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Hey guys, you don’t want to try out Glaus at third at this point in the season. Conrad is proven there and as seen last night it is defense that wins these nail-biters. Think positively about Prado: he has been the Braves MVP until Sept; since then batting .257 with 0 HR. Conrad can do this much. Braves need to reframe their thinking from “uh oh, we’re screwed without Prado” to “Conrad will be fine and maybe add a spark and play great defense.” Mental attitude is the difference-maker. Is anyone else bothered by Heyward’s AB’s? Especially his preparation, bouncing the bat on his shoulder. I don’t care what he does before the pitcher comes set, but when the pitcher is set, stop bouncing already! His lack of timely hitting is hurting the team, he takes too many strikes. I think if he sets his stance a second quicker and his mental preparation is there he would improve.

Melky Way

September 28th, 2010
10:28 am

hAL go back to your room and do your 4th grade homework lol!

heymmered

September 28th, 2010
10:29 am

I think Heyward is a stud, but I cant watch him take fastballs down the middle of the plate anymore. Its almost predictable. First pitch fastball down the middle then he is going to see breaking balls. Only to be locked up on an inside fastball.

2010 NL East Champion Phillies!

September 28th, 2010
10:52 am

@knarf – You may want to get off the sofa that is on you porch and look at the Braves offense against our 3 aces, 4 Runs (including 1 shutout) 16 hits over 3 games. Even if your best pitcher has his best day that offense can’t give him any help. I take any one of the 3 aces the Phillies have and slightly below average Phillies offensive out put, against your best pitcher any day.

Scot Free

September 28th, 2010
11:14 am

With Prado no longer jinxing the team with his death cult symbol OCD before each pitch maybe we’ll get some traction and win the WS. Atlanta knows there’s only one G-d, the source of all our blessings…including a winning ball team. Leave Rome out of it. Get well, Martin, but come back a wiser person: keep your eye on the ball and not distracted with garbage we started America to escape.

Phillies Chokers

September 28th, 2010
11:47 am

Ok, Phillies fans. Go to your own site and boast about yourselves. Look, congrats on the division. They have a really good team. But, seriously, come on. Have some class. . We are not going on your message boards talking trash about your team. lets us finish our run to the playoffs and we will see you there. Then, we can decide what’s what. I am sooooo sick of the phillies fans thinking their stuff dont stink. You fans remind me of the New York Jets. They crown them selves WS champs when they have not won a playoff game yet. Get to the Dance and then talk trash. Until then, do us all a favor. Go to your own message boards and talk whatever you want. You people are like little gnats that bug the crap out of you. Come on Braves. let’s get to the post season and shut these Phillies up once and for all!!!!!!!

Dalmore

September 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

Does anyone other than the fans actually see how inept the Barves’ offense is? Does Wren? Does Schuerholz? Obviously Cox doesn’t. He thinks a hard-hit out is as good as a basehit. To have to hold the other team to 1 run thru 11 innings before we can muster enough walks & hits just to score a 2nd run is beyond belief. How many times can our pitchers do that? We need a minimum of four new bats in the starting lineup next year.

Reid in EAV

September 28th, 2010
12:47 pm

Can we please go get Dan Uggla in the offseason? I love that guy and his sportsmanship.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Just saw on MLBtraderumors.com that the Nats won’t resign Adam Dunn. I would love to have him but would not know where to play him. He’d have to go LF in my estimation and that means less playing tome for Matt Diaz.

Dunn is one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and would make the Bravos lineup unstopable. He hits lefties just as good as righties and that means we would have to get a righty CF in FA and let Nate and Ankiel, and KK go. That also means will have to keep Melky for bench balance. Dunner and Chipper are good frieds also and I think he would jump at the chance to come to Atlanta.

Thoughts?

Jack

September 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

IF YOU ARE A BRAVES FAN IN ATLANTA: GET OFF YOUR COUCH AND GO TO TURNER FIELD. This is a team in an exciting race, in Bobby’s last year, with a chance to make the playoffs for the first time in four years. Fans living in the “ATL” area are a joke. I can only hope that someone on this team calls you all out like Dave Justice in ‘95. It sucks to be a braves fan in Kansas City. I would give anything to be at these last games, but it seems atlanta just doesn’t care. C’mon Atlanta… this is embarrassing.

Jack

September 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

All that being said, I will give my props for the remaining fans at the ted. The “Heyward” chant in the ninth was awesome and quite loud for the abysmal number of fans there.

Dalmore

September 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

Don’t know if we can get Dunn. Should never have let LaRoche go. He’ll have 25 homers and 100 rbis for Ariz this year, plus the kind of defense that saves runs. We end up with two big stiffs at first. It was so predictable that Lee would strikeout in big at-bats last night. Lee, Cabrera, Ankiel, Glaus, McLouth, Kawakami all need to be gone.

Largo

September 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

Heyward can sure screw up a rally.

2010 NL East Champion Phillies!

September 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

@Phillies Chokers – To explain a little to you….
1. We did win something….. the NL East
2. We have a 4 year championship run.
3. Stop kidding yourself, you have to realize that the Braves are not going to make the Playoffs. .
4. If you really think that a Braves team that limps into the playoffs (if they where to make it) is no match for a team that steam rolled it’s way to the playoffs.
….

Denial is just not a river in Egypt!

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Jack, I live in the Atlanta area, but not in Atlanta. I work a full-time job for which I get up at 5 a.m. I’ve been to almost a dozen games this year, which is the most I’ve ever had the opportunity to get to. For that I am grateful. But it is difficult when you have to get up at 5 a.m. and the game’s not over until 11 (like last night). Even if the game is over at 9:30 or so, it’s still almost midnight before I can get out of there and get home. Makes it really rough the next day.

That said, I love my Braves and support them to the best of my ability. Any of the regular blog denziens can tell you that.

If we were to be able to get Uggla, I guess I’d have to quite calling him “Uggly” wouldn’t I?

AT

September 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

Monday games are the worst. I’m usually tired from the weekend all day Monday, fight to make it through the work day. If I go straight from work to the game, I’m home at 11:00. Then I’m worse on Tuesday. I make it to as many games as I can, but they are almost always Wed, Thursday, or weekend games. Plus, it was hailing and lightning outside yesterday from 5:30 – 6:30, just when people are deciding to go or not. Will be sellouts all weekend and hopefully the rest of this series.

Answer = Conrad

September 28th, 2010
6:05 pm

Brooks is the answer, bring it home, i want the phillies when we dont have AAA pitchers going. We own them

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