Double dip of postgame quotes following DH sweep

QUOTES FROM GAME 2

FREDI GONZALEZ

On getting what he hoped from Jair Jurrjens:

“Yeah first time out in a major league start, he pitched good. pitched right to contact. 100 pitches, seven innings, you couldn’t ask for anything more. He did a nice job bunting, the whole thing, the whole day. (Eric) Hinske comes in and gets a start against Pelfrey, gets three hits and an RBI. (David) Rossy gets a hit and an RBI, and Danny and Chipper. It was a good day the bullpen did a terrific job in both games. Let’s keep it going tomorrow. Hopefully this will get us rolling a little bit.”

On not knowing what to expect:

“You’re always guarded a little bit, but he was terrific. The thing that keeps you guarded is a doubleheader. You don’t know how those pitchers are available, you don’t know how much you can help him on the back end of games and today he made it pretty easy for us…And Scott Linebrink in the ninth inning was nasty.”

On Linebrink’s two outings:

“Big out with (David) Wright in the first game, and getting three punchouts in four hitters (in the second), that’s the leadership and the veteran that you’re looking for. You don’t really want to use a young pitcher in both ends of a doubleheader. Gave Scotty that role today and he filled it perfectly.”

On Hinske’s three-hit game:

“You’ve got to play your bench. We got him five at-bats, pinch hit in the first game, four at-bats in the second game as a starter, maybe get him in there tomorrow some place, maybe get him going.”

On winning the series:

“Hopefully we get it rolling and get another good outing by Tommy (Hanson) and we can rattle off five, six in a row or eight out of 10, that kind of stuff and get us going again.”

JAIR JURRJENS

On his outing:

“Awesome. Nice to be back. Nice to be part of the team and definitely nice to have a win coming back that first start.”

On his approach:

“Just trying to pitch for contact, make them hit the ball on the ground and get early swings.”

On if he exceeded best-case scenario:

“I really wasn’t having any expectations. I just wanted to go out there, have a good game and give my team a good solid start, especially having to play two games today. i was just trying to eat some innings, get deep into the game and save some arms in the bullpen.”

On his stuff:

“I felt like my fastball had good command about it, kept it knee-high. My changeup was good. the big key of my game today, it wasn’t hard like the last start in Gwinnett. It wasn’t all perfect all the time, but it was slow enough to keep them off-balance.”

On being back on field:

“It’s a good feeling being able to help your team get a W, being out there and competing with them. It’s exciting. Being back out there is fun, and I hope I keep it going the rest of the season.”

On his plan:

“Rossy had a good game plan. Every finger he put down, I just said yes. we were thinking alike and I was hitting my spots. They have a couple guys in the lineup can do some damage. The key for me was keeping Reyes off the bases. You keep Reyes and Pagan off the bases, you can pitch to David Wright and (Carlos) Beltran more relaxed and try to make your pitches.”

ERIC HINSKE

On his 3-for-4 game:

“I didn’t expect to being hitting fourth or anything like that, but looked at the lineup and it was good to be protected. Had Chipper in front and Dan behind me. Faced Pelfrey in the past, just wanted to get some pitches over the plate. I felt good in batting practice. My swing has felt fine. I just haven’t really had a chance to do any damage. At-bats are kind of hard to come by in April when you’re a bench guy so just tried to stay positive and do what they ask me. and today worked out.”

On Jurrjens:

“The biggest positive today was Jurrjens is healthy. He comes out gives us seven scoreless, pretty much commanded both sides of the dish with all three, four of his pitches. Having him back is huge for the team….Seven scoreless your first game after coming off the DL, that’s way more than you can ask for. He’s good, and he’s proved it over the years and that’s going to be a main cog in the middle of our rotation there.”

On 11 hits in the second game:

“We strung some hits together. That was nice. Chipper was getting his hits, I was getting some behind him and Dan had a big hit in the first inning, good team effort offensively. We all swung the bat pretty well, saw a lot of pitches, try to get in the bullpen.”

On the DH sweep:

“Heck yeah, these can be really long days if you lose these games. Coming out on top is huge, and we needed it. We haven’t been playing the best baseball. We want to get rolling, so today was huge for us.”

QUOTES FROM GAME 1

FREDI GONZALEZ

On four home runs:

“We need to get a couple guys on base when we get those home runs. But good pitching. D Lowe was outstanding. He gave up six strong innings. The bullpen did a nice job.”

On Alex Gonzalez:

“He got to 20-something home runs last year (23), you make a mistake with him he’s going to hit the ball out of the ballpark and also catch it.”

On if Lowe had a blister:

“No he gets a cut at the top of his thumb from throwing a pitch, he cuts himself on top. We looked at it, he said it was no big deal, so that’s why we ran him back out there in the sixth inning.”

On starting the DH with a win:

“Yeah and hopefully we tricked the guys that it’s still the first day of the series, so we can hopefully go out and get a chance to win the second game.”

On disabling Moylan:

“With lower back strain….it’s been one of those things that he’s been pitching with. We’ve protected him, given him two, three days off, and I think a couple days ago, it hasn’t gotten any better. We’ll go ahead and give him a couple weeks and see if that gets better in the long-term.”

On plans with Lowe:

“He’s going to come back one day short. So he’ll pitch Wednesday in LA.”

DEREK LOWE

On the run support:

“It was well-needed. It was kind of a struggle, believe it or not. Lot of line drives at people, my stuff wasn’t as sharp as it has been, but you’ll take it. The Pagan double play was for me the biggest play of the game, keep the momentum on our side and not have the heart of their lineup come up to do some damage. These days are long for everybody. It’s easy for me now but you definitely want to go out there and win the first one so worst-case you end up splitting.”

On Alex Gonzalez:

“He’s been tremendous. Defensively you can’t ask for anything more, just a good win.”

On a two-run lead vs. one-run after Freeman’s homer:

‘It was one of those games…I was having an inner battle with myself because I didn’t really feel all that sharp. It was one of those games where it didn’t really matter what the score was, I felt like at any point the game could kind of spiraled out, so it was just a constant trick yourself game. They hit a lot of line drives at people and lot of good plays. I’ll take it. I’m not going to complain.”

On going on short rest in LA:

“I’m going to throw the same, regardless, good or bad. Actually I look forward to it. This extra day seemed like long of a long time to go out.”

ALEX GONZALEZ:

On his two-homer day:

“To get the win, it was a great day. I hit two homers, and we did a great job hitting four homers, a big homer too for Freeman. D Lowe did a great job on the mound….We’ll try to win the series.”

On facing Carrasco:

“I faced him a couple times in spring training. I remembered you’d got to be ready for this guy – he throws a lot of strikes and be focused. He’s got kind of a side-arm, he’ll throw a fastball and slider side-armed. The first at-bat, I hit a breaking ball, put a good swing on it, hit a homer. The second at-bat, be aggressive, got a pitch to hit and I hit a homer. (It was) a cut fastball.”

36 comments Add your comment

fuzzmeister

April 16th, 2011
11:17 pm

Wow Linebrink was real good today.

fuzzmeister

April 16th, 2011
11:18 pm

Enter your comments here
Was is the first?????????

CajunStorm

April 16th, 2011
11:32 pm

I’ve said it before and will continue beating the drum of Jair Jurrjens. DON can vouch…if he so chooses….as witness from my input since last year, JJ is THE MAN. Say what you uneducated, lack of baseball knowledge Slugs may say, but never deny the character and/or ability of of this young MAN. No complaints, No arrogance, No selfishness. He is our Glaring for the next TEN years!!

Ok, now that my daily support of JJ us out the way ..good job D Lowe, bullpen, Braves as a whole and let’s get the brooms out and sweep that nasty NY garbage back up north.

CajunStorm

April 16th, 2011
11:40 pm

Don=DON, Glaring=Glavine, Us=is … Dang EVO.

Babe Ruth

April 16th, 2011
11:42 pm

Great DH sweep by Braves, great outing by JJ, but women are worthless pieces of crap.

Brian H.

April 16th, 2011
11:43 pm

Charlie Sheen on the Braves’ doubleheader sweep today…”Winning!”.

Yes, Charlie. Thank you.

It was a great day of Braves baseball today. Hopefully this will snowball. Like Fredi said, we need about 8 out of ten, then drop 2, then another 8 out of ten.

In the 90’s when the Braves were doing all of that big winning, Bobby Cox used to have a theory of winning series.

Just win each series or as many as possible, and throw in an occasional sweep. If we do that, we’ll be fine.

JamesH17

April 16th, 2011
11:53 pm

@ CajunStorm I like JJ too he is very very good when hes on top of his game but I think his agent is that Boras guy and from what I heard about Boras is that hes a snake and is likely to try to jack up the price to keep JJ which might be a issue whenever JJ’s contract is up.

NorCal Brave

April 16th, 2011
11:55 pm

Needed to get the sweep, especially going against the struggling Mets. Love seeing the whole club contribute. Keep playing strong, guys.

Keith

April 17th, 2011
12:08 am

I know it’s early, but a DH sweep is just what the Braves needed!

GO BRAVES! :)

CajunStorm

April 17th, 2011
12:10 am

This is true JamesH17. That’s why I keep promoting JJ. We get loss in the sauce when Boras is involved and forget that we have JJ under control for two more years and he will then have his first contract. But who cares now…right? Besides Lowe AND “Golden Boy Tommy”is with Boras too!

Anyway, good job Gonzo, Big Freddi, M.P., Hinske, Ross, and Fredi G on a solid two games.

Mr Charlie

April 17th, 2011
12:15 am

If Bobby Cox was running this team, I would feel fine that we would get some momentum, but with this new guy, who knows. I guess the proof will be in the pudding.

mathman

April 17th, 2011
12:29 am

If Bobby were the manager, we would be playing the B team tomorrow, all 5 of them would be in there. HInske, Conrad, HIcks, Young, and Ross. Hopefully, no more than 1 or 2 of them will be in there with Fredi.

reckingball

April 17th, 2011
12:49 am

I think that Fredi is a good manager, and that the Braves will have a lot of success with him running their games, for a long time.
I do miss Bobby getting into the arguments with the umps. He probably would have been ejected in one of the games Saturday.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

April 17th, 2011
12:59 am

funny,
i have not even looked at the standings. no reason to for a few more days.

go braves

RTW

April 17th, 2011
1:53 am

Glad we kept Hinske. Liked him last year, like him this year. Need vets who can lead…on the field and in the clubhouse. Braves have struggled, but they’ll right the ship. Beginning to see Bobby’s influence on Fredi. Knows the combinations and who to sit and who to start. Thought he was a good hire at the time and still do. We need to start winning series and we’ll be ok.

MitchC

April 17th, 2011
6:32 am

A much needed DH sweep against a reeling team. Hopefully, we can get the sweep of the three game series today. It’s nice to win these games.. because we have a very tough road trip starting tomorrow. A long trip on the West Coast is never fun.

trey

April 17th, 2011
6:48 am

Hoss is The Man! Good luck on your turkey season Hoss!

Brave New World

April 17th, 2011
8:14 am

When a team is not feeling well, it’s important to take your Mets!

rc35

April 17th, 2011
8:56 am

Great pun, Brave New World!

Dennis Reynolds

April 17th, 2011
9:28 am

Wow how about Heyward’s robust .200BA! Nate struggles and gets send down to AAA. Heyward cant hit a lick and nobody seems to notice. Still just praise the ground he walks on. Mostly the ground between the batters box and the dugout. He will K 120 times this year if he doesnt get back to the basics. Its extremely frustraing to watch. Almost as frustrating as watching Fredi fill out a lineup card.

reckingball

April 17th, 2011
9:37 am

Fifteen games into the season, and someone wants to send Heyward to AAA?
Might I suggest SpoungBob on NICK, if the Braves get too frustrating to watch.

Jeremiah

April 17th, 2011
11:30 am

Dennis, you are ridiculous.

Ren

April 17th, 2011
11:30 am

Sometimes….you guys down three are soooooo lucky.
You are able to have a REAL doubleheader because no one comes to your games.
It is simple to just get a ticket for any game, any day, all thru the season.
Up here, and in other good baseball cities, it is impossible for something like that to happen. We, (teams like, the Phils, Cubs, Red Sox, Yanks…etc), are cursed to never have a REAL doubleheader.
Like last night, when the Phillies game was rained out—there’s no way to find space for all that attended, last nights game, in the regular schedule. They have to do that…ugh…day/night doubleheader bs.

Ahhhhhh, it is sooo lucky to be in a town that draws way less in 3 games,,(Fla series), than the Phillies draw in 1 game. I did wonder for a minute or so—-who the hoime team was, cause the stands in Fla look like the ones in Atl. To the rest of America, you fans are lumped in there with TB and FL.

Funny and sad…..but too true.

The crowd yesterday was an absolute double-up of the 2 games with the Mets.
Heck—I’d jump at the chance to use my rain-out ticket for a nice Sat doubleheader…(tho, Sun would’ve been better….but nobody ever claims.the Braves Org actually do things right…heh).

It’s also lucky you had the Phillies as your opening season, team.
You might have to wait till the cool Phillies go down to Sherman country again, to see those type crowds…..where, Philly fans almost outnumber the home teams fans.

Well….hahahaha….you do have those stupid promotions, you HAVE to have.
That’ll get you some people.

Sad fanbase….but….that is nothing new in the land of the Brave(s)..

Ren

CajunStorm

April 17th, 2011
11:54 am

Ren….although u are a piece of NE Yankee crapola, I unfortunately can’t find much to disagree with you about. Oh, we are not a sad fanbase…just a terribly spoiled one.

But one day buddy…one day.

say what?!!!

April 17th, 2011
11:55 am

Ren, you have too much time on your hands. Dont worry about our sh*tty fans. Start worrying about how long the Phillies will keep going. Youre getting old, were getting young.

bvillebaron

April 17th, 2011
12:09 pm

Jeremiah:

Your comments about Dennis are spot on but someone kinder than how I would have described him.

groundfog

April 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

It’s fun to watch these guys. Like last year, the really seem to all like each other. Hinske seems a big part of that

Ren

April 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

Let me tell ya, DOB……
This particular avenue, of Braves coverage, is, unique and refreshing.
I go all around the country on these message boards and I don’t know anyone that does what you do here.
It is something fans WANT to know.
BUT—no one has something liken this board..(at least—i haven’t run across one like it).

I actually saw people post, that don’t like or appreciate the “Clubhouse”, stuff.

That is weird to me.

Why….wouldn’t they want to know?

I wish someone up here would get this idea..heh.

But—in the meantime…

I like it.

Ren

shmoeeeeeeee

April 17th, 2011
12:33 pm

phillies win for a few years and they mouth off about fanbase. LOL

where were all the fans at the ol’ stadium when phillies consistently won 78 games and finished 18 out of first?

CajunStorm

April 17th, 2011
12:47 pm

Ren…. listen, man. That’s about enough of your valid points, correct observations, and slight complimentary comments we can take. We know everything we do down here is top notch and professional….we just don’t like yall up north. We don’t show up for games, and yes we’re spoiled. We are Southerners and laid back. Very knowledgeable and supportive of our young Braves and appreciative of our past. We like home, a few drinks, and the game on TV. We’re here and will show up…sometimes. But we sure don’t need you northern folk telling us a darn thing about how we root for our team! Just don’t be mad when den Braves get back to our decade of winning ways.

enz

April 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

Apparently we have less time on our hands than you Yanks up there buying championships…

Randall H.

April 17th, 2011
1:22 pm

Sweep the Nyets flushing back to Flushing, It’s beautifully ironic isn’t it.

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jo1vila

April 17th, 2011
2:01 pm

we don’t boo santa claus,we don’t cheer when a player suffers a career ending injury on the field,we don’t beat the hell out of the other teams fan and put them in a coma we don’t bitch because are team has a payroll of over 150 million and our team didn’t run out sign every all-star free agent that was available.what we do when we go to games is cheer and chop like hell.we sign up for xm radio so we don’t miss a game watch all the games and throw crap at the tv when we make an error or give up a homer,but the main thing we don’t do is go online up north bitch out their fans!because if the only way i can make myself feel good about my team is to make them feel small about their team i don’t think i would care to be a fan of the best sports team in a america!go braves chop chop!!!

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