Braves quotes after win & sweep of Giants

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On the tumultuous win

“Man, oh man, I don’t even know how to start. A couple of big innings for us, one big inning for them – and we were able to survive it. Beachy was good. And let’s get out of here, because it looks like that club is getting ready to get hot. On to San Diego.”

On his team’s patience at plate in big inning

“That’s where it starts, base on balls, get some pitches to hit. I thought Nate’s at-bat was outstanding. He made him throw three strikes in a situation where it’s not easy – bases loaded and everybody wants to be a hero. Showed a lot of patience, a lot of professionalism on Nate’s part to be able to come up with those big two-out RBIs.”

On doing it against Brian Wilson

“He’s one of top [closers] in the game, and I really don’t like to see him come in the game. Usually it’s not a good sign. They’re getting ready to win a game when he’s in there.”

More on McLouth

“I think he likes that seventh and eighth spot; he’s comfortable. Again, you’ve got to tip your hat to him, that was the turning point in the game right there.”

On Uggla’s homer

“He’s slowly, slowly getting going again. Another three or four days I would have sent him to Gwinnett.” [sarcasm].

On Heyward’s mammoth homer

“Jason had a helluva an at-bat, too. We could go on and on here about how everyone had a good at-bat. Chipper. McCann did at the end. Everybody did, really. It’s a good win.”

On coming back to win late

“It’s a little carryover from last year. They’re all pulling for each other; it doesn’t mater who’s in the game at any given time.”

On Chipper

“He was limited yesterday, and to come in today and be ready to go – when No. 10 comes up in that 3-spot, it’s big.”

On how good a sweep feels after L.A.

“No doubt about that. Let’s keep it rolling for a while.”

***BRANDON BEACHY

Two good starts in a row, what’s been difference from earlier?

“I commanded the zone, threw fastballs for strikes for the most part. I think I did a better job of getting ahead of hitters today than I have been.”

On the sweep

“It feels good. There’s a world of a difference between winning two and [sweeping] here. It puts us on a little roll going to San Diego, and hopefully we can win that series as well, and go back home.”

Get taste out of your mouths after L.A.?

“Absolutely. We’ve been playing good baseball all year. We’ve just been on that verge of breaking through. Jason’s home run today, that big inning later on … we’re starting to put it together.”

***CHIPPER JONES

Did you see some good things out there from your guys?

“Yeah, we got after it today. We competed the whole game, and we didn’t get down when we gave up the lead. We kept battling. The bullpen did really well to keep them at bay after they went up. Uggla’s home run was huge, getting us back tied.

“You kind of had the feeling we had the advantage going into extras, because we had a couple more pitchers and we still had our lock-down guys at the end. We just kind of bled a couple through against Wilson, and then Nate with the huge knock.”

On big hits by Heyward, Uggla, McLouth, McCann…

“Yeah, it’s good to see those. I mean, this club struggled for the first three weeks of the season, and it’s starting to come. I said it the other day. We lost the last game in Los Angeles, but you kind of got a feeling that that kick-started us. We came up here and we won three games from the world champs. So confidence is at a different level than it was a week ago.”

Best way to get over the rough series at L.A.?

“Yeah, you come up here and beat two tough lefties and Linecum; we didn’t beat Sanchez today, but still got the win against Wilson, the top closer in the league last year. Anytime you go out and battle and play good baseball for three games and you’re rewarded with three wins, you’re happy.”

On his knee today

“I was OK. Started to get a little sore there at the end. I’ve got some kind of bursitis or bursa sac in my right knee that’s inflamed. But it felt better the last two days. I got treatment the last two days, and it certainly felt better today than it did yesterday.”

On how it feels to be playing well on his 39th birthday

“Gratifying. I see it as doing my job. It’s been my job for the last 18 years. I’ve had to listen to a lot of crap. It’s gratifying to be out there and contributing to our ballclub. I knew that I could, but it’s a little bit of a renaissance I guess, to come back out at 39, after 18 years, and reprove yourself to the people that have been behind you for so long. It’s gratifying to come back from the injury, No. 1, as quickly as I did. No. 2, to be helping this club win some ballgames.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On coming back to win after blowing lead

“Nate’s at-bat was amazing. Obviously that was the key point of the game. He put together such a great at-bat, battled 3-0, went to two strikes and had to hit a dirty pitch. He hit a cutter. I mean, Wilson….

“There were so many parts to this game today. Us coming back twice. This is a huge win for us. This is big. You come in here and face three aces and win all three games. It’s huge. Huge.”

***DAN UGGLA

On his game-tying homer

“It felt really good. It just felt good feeling good at the plate. All I was just thinking about was seeing the ball and hitting the ball, so that was big for me.”

On the team coming back to win and sweep

“It’s a big win for us. We had the game twice, and they came back twice. And it just showed the character of this team, being able to come back and end up taking it for the sweep. So it was big.”

***NATE McLOUTH

On the comeback

“The game was kind of a rollercoaster. We jumped out to the lead, they tied it up, we took the lead, they went ahead, we tied it…. Just a back and forth game, and a good one certainly to come out on top. And to walk out of here with a sweep is really tough to do. It’s something that not a lot of teams do here, and we did it.”

On his big hit that broke the tie in the 10th

“He started me out 3-0, and I was taking two strikes [from there], just because I wanted to make him throw me three strikes. If there was one out it might have been a different story, because then a sac fly or something can put us in the lead. But with two outs there, I wanted to take two strikes and make him throw me three consecutive strikes, and he did. And luckily the last one, I put a pretty good swing on it.”

“On 3-1 I kind of stepped out of the box and collected my thoughts and thought about whether I wanted to take that pitch. And I decided I was taking it, because I figured he would have to throw me the same pitch again, 3-2 with the bases loaded. It ended up working out. It was pretty much right down the middle, a little bit in maybe.”

On sweeping here after disappointment of the Dodger series

“That last one we lost in L.A. was a heartbreaker, when we had a chance to split the series. But cominig out of here today with a sweep in an environment that – we were talking about this the other day – the environment here is really second to none. It’s tough to come in here and win, and we came in here and got the sweep.”

63 comments Add your comment

PA braves fan

April 24th, 2011
10:32 pm

First? great game!!!! Looking forward to many more

Alan

April 24th, 2011
10:32 pm

First go braves

Trainwreck

April 24th, 2011
10:35 pm

Great game… Uggla came thru with a big homer to tie. Glad to see that. GL against the Dads

BravesfaninAugusta

April 24th, 2011
10:38 pm

Hey DOB did u ask Fredi about his staying with Asencio too long??????

Choppinmama

April 24th, 2011
10:39 pm

Are these guys pumped or what?

Freddie Freebird

April 24th, 2011
10:40 pm

see, you win and the tough questions don’t even get asked. Funny, I’m pretty sure had they lost Fredi would have been questioned about leaving Asencio in. But they won and it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

I’m really curious as to what his thinking was there and since we don’t know, I can still call him an incompetent manager who got bailed out by Uggla.

MariettaDerek

April 24th, 2011
10:43 pm

Way to get DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it, boys!

Bigwheel

April 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Do you think people who want to comment ‘first!!!’ actually read the blog?? God, its so
Dumb. Great win today, im glad the team has some morale and feels they are clicking on all cylinders.

AZBravoFan

April 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Fredi say anything about why he hung Ascencio out to dry in the 7th?

Dennis Reynolds

April 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Wish Atlanta had an intimidating environment.

Darryl Blackberry

April 24th, 2011
10:46 pm

I’m guessing there’s something going on there that we don’t know about, re: not taking out Asencio. An nagging injury to some of the guys in the ‘pen, perhaps. Still, we did see Sherrill warming up the inning before, so I can’t fathom why Fredi wouldn’t have asked him to get loose again and prepare to face Nate Schierholz…

At least now we (and the Braves) know that Jairo is unreliable, so it’ll likely be Linebrink or the new guy up in that situation next time. Let’s hope Moylan won’t need surgery and can fill the void next week…

Kane337

April 24th, 2011
10:47 pm

Big win today. Needed this sweep since Philly has won 5 in a row. Now lets beat those Padres.

Darryl Blackberry

April 24th, 2011
10:47 pm

Dennis: the Chop used to be intimidating back in the early Nineties.

Then Jane Fonda had to go and ruin it.

Bigwheel

April 24th, 2011
10:48 pm

Freddie freebird, should DOB have really asked that question? Do you think fredi really wanted to put him in that spot and blow our lead? He gave the dude a shot because he’s looked good this week, and he didnt have it today. Moving along

Kentavo

April 24th, 2011
10:49 pm

Yeah, I was thinking Fredo was very much like Cox in today’s game. Team won despite him.

ChrisfromSacramento,CA

April 24th, 2011
10:49 pm

I went to every game thi weekend in SF. I am so glad they swept away those losers. The Giants fans are hippy freaks that know nothing about baseball.

It was rough being in a crowd with 40000 Brian Wilson’s.

It was so good to see the Braves play well and everyone contribute. Huge sweep.

Giant fans are classless and so is that dirty city.

ATLfan15

April 24th, 2011
10:49 pm

nice sweep!! just what the team needed…let’s keep it going in San Diego.

@FreddieFreebird: rather than ask about Asencio, i’d like to know why Chipper doesn’t pick up that little rolling grounder and throw out Burrell, a slow runner. if he does, then there’s two outs and Fredi could have brought in Linebrink…inning over, with a one run lead. of course all of this is easy to say after the fact.

NorCal Brave

April 24th, 2011
10:50 pm

Last time I remember us sweeping in SF was 1993. Very hard to do, especially with their pitching. Thank you, Bravos!

Brava

April 24th, 2011
10:50 pm

It’s easy to say, well, we won, so Fredi got bailed out for his decision to leave Ascensio in, but Beachy got a no-decision rather than a well-deserved win and the players had to play extra innings unnecessarily. I’d still like to know what he was thinking.

AZBravoFan

April 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

Also wonder if Fredi didn’t want to saddle Conrad with the pressure of failing against the Giants again
when he pulled him back for Hinske in the 10th.

Lobosolo

April 24th, 2011
10:52 pm

Boy, I bet you’re just a joy to be around, Freddie Freebird… I reckon when you become a big league manager all of your curiosities will be answered…

ATLfan15

April 24th, 2011
10:52 pm

@AZBravoFan: agreed about Conrad, i was thinking that too during the game.

ChrisfromSacramento,CA

April 24th, 2011
10:53 pm

oh ya furthermore, Giants fans love Brooks Conrad. LOVE HIM!!!

bucky oneil

April 24th, 2011
10:54 pm

Freddie Freebird -

Unbelievable! How many ball teams have you managed, Big Guy? What is you do for a living? I’m sure you the absolute best at it, unless it has anything to do with managing people.

MariettaDerek

April 24th, 2011
10:59 pm

This weekend sweep was soooo DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY that it almost hurts. Only thing I’d would have liked to have seen today was Beachy get his well deserved 2nd win and Hicks his 1st ever MLB hit.

AZBravoFan

April 24th, 2011
11:04 pm

How sweet was EOF today?

bucky oneil

April 24th, 2011
11:06 pm

Yeah, I know I left out a few words, but some people who comment on here just don’t understand the game. The “Head Coach” on a baseball team is called a Manager for reason. He knows what’s going on with his people, the good ones do anyway.

There’s a reason why Bobby Valentine dosen’t have a team now and Bobby Cox was with the same organization for 19 years straight.

fanATicaL

April 24th, 2011
11:07 pm

Sometimes it takes a game or a series.To bring a team together.For them to learn how to win together.I saw the same thing tonite with the Hawks.You have all the ingredients.Just not the heat to cook and simmer all of the spices together.Thats the whole reason you try to keep an core grouping together.So that the added pieces find thier part to the whole.Kirk Hinrich maybe the most influential move this season.Sort of like the Dan Uggla trade for the Braves

Kane337

April 24th, 2011
11:08 pm

Why were Giants fans giving Brooks Conrad so much crap? Shouldn’t they be thanking him?

TexasRose

April 24th, 2011
11:08 pm

Nate gets the ‘tip of the cap!” today!

MariettaDerek

April 24th, 2011
11:12 pm

Because Conrad is NOT DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY in SF.

nashvillewill

April 24th, 2011
11:29 pm

Yes, we won this game in spite of Fredi and thanks to Uggla and McLouth, two players I have really dogged. McLouth looks more comfy in the bottom 1/3, so I say leave him there. Clutch hit and clutch AB. And Uggla seems content to hit a big homer every week or so, so we’ll be content with that for now.
Now, questions for Fredi: What was the thinking in PH Gonzo for Beachy? With the tie run on first, have Beachy bunt for 3 strikes–we may get a runner at second and, at worst, a K, which is what Gonzo gives you (or DP) in that situation. Was Beachy’s pitch count a factor in bringing him out, because he was recording outs. If he makes it through the 7th, we have the strength of our bullpen to close out the game. If he gets in trouble, bring in Linebrink or Sherrill. So what was the thinking in bringing in Ascencio? He looked good in previous outings but obviously didn’t have it today. Next question: Why leave Ascencio in there to get hammered?
So many questions that don’t get asked because of the nice win, but makes you wonder about the future. Does Fredi leave his pitchers in too long? Since he’s the new guy I think we have a right to pick his brain and question his handling of the pitchers today!
By the way, hats tipped to Fredi for staying with McLouth and finding him a spot of comfort and production. Also, hats tipped for moving Heyward to the 2-hole, worked great today. And one more hat tip for hanging with Uggla and keeping him in the middle of lineup.
There. Fair and Balanced. Also, congrats to Predators.

Bailer

April 24th, 2011
11:35 pm

DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY=====WHAT THE HELL?

GatorMike

April 24th, 2011
11:40 pm

Did Frank Wren say why the Braves are not considering signing Richie Sexson?

Largo

April 24th, 2011
11:50 pm

Unbelievable! Great series, Guys! You pitched better, hit better and played better than the World Champs. You even showed up that arrogant black bearded jerk. Way to Go!

MariettaDerek

April 24th, 2011
11:52 pm

You’re right, Largo. They did get DP TO C with it!

BravesFanLostInOhio

April 24th, 2011
11:52 pm

I was pretty disappointed that you didn’t ask about leaving Asencio in. It’s a legit question when a big lead got wasted away when the kid clearly didn’t have his best stuff.

Reggie

April 24th, 2011
11:57 pm

Fredi took Tim Hudson out the game with two outs in the ninth but left Ascensio in when the guy was toast and gave up the lead. People wonder why this guy was canned in Florida after the Hanley Ramirez incident…please not another Bobby Cox clone aka winning in spite of the manager.

Montana Jack

April 25th, 2011
12:32 am

You guys beat the defending champs and some of the best starting pitchers and closers in baseball. Keep it going so we can see you in the playoffs. Heyworth looked alot better this series than last year.

MariettaDerek

April 25th, 2011
12:36 am

The Braves always get DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it!

CaptainMudderland

April 25th, 2011
12:46 am

Questions like milktoast…or maybe Ascensio is ultra sensitive…regardless this is not the Vatican.

Barack O'Drama

April 25th, 2011
12:48 am

“Did Frank Wren say why the Braves are not considering signing Richie Sexson?”

I really hope that’s sarcasm…

John10:10

April 25th, 2011
2:38 am

Keep rockin’ Nate— Hebrews 11th chapter.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

larry

April 25th, 2011
7:32 am

Maybe DOB will be able to explain leaving Ascensio in, later today.

Papadawg

April 25th, 2011
7:32 am

Swept three from the Champs at their place, now this is the team I was expecting

Boston Braves

April 25th, 2011
7:58 am

Nice to get the sweep and nice to get the win on Saturday on National TV (Fox), as the National Media always dog the Braves.

moriler

April 25th, 2011
8:43 am

“He started me out 3-0, and I was taking two strikes [from there], just because I wanted to make him throw me three strikes. If there was one out it might have been a different story, because then a sac fly or something can put us in the lead. But with two outs there, I wanted to take two strikes and make him throw me three consecutive strikes, and he did.” – McLouth

*this* is how you take at-bats in tight spots, boys. Make the pitcher come to you.

Marteen is a Ballplayer

April 25th, 2011
9:45 am

I have to comment on Fredi here. I know it is easy to second-guess managers, gawd knows we did it to Bobby, but I am alarmed at some of the early season calls. I am still miffed at the suicide squeeze with our slowest guy (Hinske) at 3rd, Hanson with two strikes at the plate, and Prado coming up…that was an unnecessary double play. Kimbrel I can sort of get after we were up 3 to 2, but he was obviously having trouble placing his pitches and it cost us the game. Yesterday, was unforgivable and is only an afterthought after we won.

Ascnesino walks a batter, a cheap hit puts on two an then walks a batter to load the bases. Right here, we should think about replacing him with so many available pitchers. But he stays with him and he walks in a run. How about pulling him now? Nope, leave him in there and exchange a hard hit ball that resulted in an out and a run. Pull him? Nope, let’s leave him in there to give up a slap single to Cody Ross for two more runs and now trail 6 to 5. I am simply astonished. This game should have been won in the 7th and Ascensio simply didn’t have it going. That happens, but for the love of all things holy, pull the pitcher. We are fortunate to have won that game. I can only imagine the momentum lost if we gave up that game after Heyward’s monster shot.

Chuck M.

April 25th, 2011
9:47 am

The team wins 3 in a row,sweep the word champs,and some of you Guys still have something to complain about.Give me a break!

Chuck M.

April 25th, 2011
9:47 am

World Champs

Chuck M.

April 25th, 2011
10:17 am

It was great to see Sid,and lemmer on MLB greatest Games #4 and Sids slide,classic!

holycrap!!

April 25th, 2011
10:55 am

so glad we could come back and win that one. i know we should focus on the positives but did anybody else see a problem with leaving asencio in for so long and allowing him to give up the lead? i dont see how fredi let him stay in after he walked tejada. he needs to keep a better eye on that in the future.

rob90

April 25th, 2011
10:59 am

Freddie almost let this get away by not having somebody warming up in the bullpen. They load the bases and you have nobody ready. Poor coaching.

Mitchell

April 25th, 2011
11:18 am

Dennis Reynolds

April 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Wish Atlanta had an intimidating environment.

Kind of want to agree with that but then again, we are in the south. That’s not exactly our thing.

And if we want to recall, Game 3 last year at the Ted was about as loud and intimidating as it could have been but was ultimately no match for the Braves panache for self-destructing in the playoffs.

Nobody does it better. Nobody does it half as good.

Mitchell

April 25th, 2011
11:22 am

How ’bout the Braves get back to .500 before they start patting each other on the back?

Nothing says how bad they’ve been like sweeping the World Champion Giants and still being in 4th place.

Robertkoksrocks

April 25th, 2011
11:27 am

Glad the Braves are starting to roll…remember how the Mets manager overused his bullpen? He burnt them out by May. Could it be that Fredi is trying to stick with his pitchers to give them a chance to earn some confidence?

Lobosolo

April 25th, 2011
11:34 am

Could it also be that not every move is going to work out all the time… Could it be that these posters (posers) think that their twenty-twenty hindsight makes them a superior manager to Gonzalez? Could it be that Fredi was just hoping for a double play to end the inning and it didn’t work out this time? Jimminy, I’d like to meet all of these perfect armchair managers… Why are y’all just posting on blogs… You fellers could make a lot more money if you’d actually go manage a team… Go for it, Gennii…

Marteen is a Ballplayer

April 25th, 2011
11:57 am

Lobosolo…can’t argue the twenty-twenty thing, but I certainly feel blind loyalty is worse. If we had changed pitchers and the Giants went yard, I still would consider it the right call. Don’t recall saying I am a superior manager as I don’t know what else is involved with the situation, but regarless, it was the wrong call to make. If anything, walking in a run after loading the bases is as indicative as it gets that Asensio was not on that day. If you believe Fredi was allowing him to “earn his stripes” or whatever, that is simply being naive. Players at the MLB level are here for a reason…they have been through it. When a pitcher doesn’t have it, it is the manager’s responsibility to get him out of that situation. Defend it any way you will, but it was a terrible lack of action. And if Asensio did get the double play, I would still think it was a terrible call to leave him in. All I am asking is that we give the team the best chance to win and Ascensio was far from it yesterday.

MarylandBravesFan

April 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

Gotta agree with “Marteen is a Ballplayer”. The early season decisions by Fredi are alarming. Braves should have done everything they could to get Ozzie Guillen away from the White Sox. Fredi is a Cox clone and I dont think he’ll get fourteen chances to get ONE ring like Cox.

dean

April 25th, 2011
12:34 pm

Rumors of the Braves’ demise were greatly exaggerated.

nashvillewill

April 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

Whoa, before we get way too excited over this sweep (which was sweet), look at the records: Braves still in 4th in division, 5 games out; Braves third worst in NL in batting avg, third worst in run support, third best in ERA. In short, the strength of this team is still pitching and batting remains a problem. To rise above mediocrity, Chipper has to stay healthy and keep hitting, Heyward has to continue to work and improve, and Uggla has to hit more than his weekly homerun. McLouth’s better AB’s are helping and Freeman’s hitting is hit or miss. Gonzales is a lost cause. So are these too many holes to rise above .500? I still have doubts.
San Diego is one team with less run support than the Braves but leads the league in ERA. So expect 2-1 and 3-2 games either way.

braves phanatik

April 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

whats more annoying? the people who post “first”? or the people who bash them for it?

tough call in my opinion…

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