Braves quotes after 8-2 win over Padres

***DAVID ROSS

“That’s a nice way to get a game. Good thing Mac when 17 innings last night or whatever it was. I’ve got to think him for gutting it out yesterday.”

More comfortable facing guys you’ve caught a lot?

“Yeah, I think a little bit. I think you kind of know their tendencies a little more than other guys. And being a catcher, you know that guys will go to their strengths when they’re behind in the count or whatever, and if I know what that strength is… I think he was trying to go down and away and it was up. He didn’t make the pitch, both times. But he’s got good stuff. I’m fortunate to be able to get a couple off him.”

On Jurrjens getting it back after the long inning

“To be honest with you, I think with a seven-run lead, sometimes it’s kind of hard to get your concentration back after a long inning like that, and how locked in he was early on, making his pitches. For me, it was a little bit of a concentration lapse until they got some runners on and he didn’t want to let them back in the game. He did a good job of grinding it out after that. His slider didn’t show up until the seventh.

“It was a credit to him to save our bullpen today, but his stuff wasn’t as sharp as he normally is, for him. He gave up a lot of hits, but just pitched his tail off when those guys got on base.”

On Jurrjens throwing just 45 pitches through 5 innings

‘That was unbelievable. I thought we were on a roll. He got a lot of groundballs, one of those things were I thought he was cruising, like, this is going to be easy today.”

On getting early lead

“The whole thing started with Chipper’s home run. That big home run to the big part of the field. After a long game [Monday] where we were scrapping for runs, that home run put us on the board and really helped us out a lot.”

On having patience and getting some walks tonight after none in 13 innings last night

“We didn’t really know that guy [Monday starter Moseley]. The thing in the big leagues, sometimes it’s better to face a guy with good stuff but you know what he’s trying to do to you, rather than a young guy that you’re trying to feel out for three or four innings.”

On having three homers in nine at-bats against Harang

“I didn’t even know I had good numbers against him, to be honest with you. I’ve hit the mistakes. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. When you catch a guy, you know what he’s got. I feel fortunate to have the night I had off a quality pitcher like Aaron Harang.”

On his first 2-homer game since 2009

“You know what I’m so happy about? Brian McCann didn’t have to come into the game today, and I’m very happy about that. The only game he hasn’t had to come in [before today] was the second game of the doubleheader.

“For me, that’s my ultimate goal – when I get in there I want to win and give him the day off, too. I want him to be rested, because I get overexposed [playing a lot late in season].”

***CHIPPER JONES

Especially nice to tie Mick in a game like this?

“It always feels good tying Mick. I just finally ran into one. Got into a predictable count and got us off on the right foot.”

On the win, Jurrjens’ performance, lot of offense, etc.

“It was big because we needed to give some guys a night off in the bullpen. Any time you get a complete game, that’s huge. Gives some of your key arms a chance to have a night off. I think maybe Sherrill got up and warmed up, that was it. It was good. He stayed on the corners, made pitches when he had to, kept them off the board.

“The big inning in the sixth, where we scored five, that was big. Because that kind of broke the game open and gave him the confidence that he could go out and make a mistake and not have it cost him.”

On luxury of having David Ross as a backup catcher

[Chipper looks to see if Ross is still at his locker a few stalls down.]

“Is he gone? [laughter]. Yeah, it huge. It’s really huge, to have a guy back there who is as good defensively as anybody in the game, then have him come in and swing the bat a little bit, too – two homers, four RBIs out of a backup, that’s a nice luxury to have. It’s not the first time he’s done it, too.”

On coming back to play well after last night’s 13-inning loss

“We all realize it’s a long season and you’re going to have losses that sting you. The fact of the matter is, there’s no use in dwelling on it. If you’ve got your head up your butt the next day, you’re going to get beat again. So you might as well come out and do something about it. We didn’t play a real sharp game last night; it was disappointing after playing really well in San Francisco. But we bounced back tonight and set the tone early, and just kept wailing away.”

Can finish 6-4 on trip with win tomorrow

“Yeah, and I think any East Coast team will take it, when you come out here. Anything at .500, over .500 is a good trip, because it’s a tough swing to make.”

***JAIR JURRJENS

Did you have to get it back after the long inning, with big lead?

“I didn’t want to go out there and think about having a big lead. I think I tried to be a little too perfect and threw a few too much pitches. Ross came out and talked to me and I got back in the mindset of being aggressive and throwing strikes again. That helped me a lot.”

How big was Ross for you tonight, between his two homers and work behind the plate?

“He’s been catching all my games so far, and we’ve been on the same page. It makes it easy when you and your catcher have the same gameplan. Every pitch he puts down [signals for] is the pitch I’m thinking about. That makes it easy, when you have a catcher thinking same way you’re thinking.”

Did you think about going deep or throwing a complete game after last night’s long game?

“I was thinking about it, but I didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself. I just wanted to come in and try to eat some innings. I knew the bullpen needed some rest after playing [long] extra-inning games in LA. and yesterday.”

Quite a bit different story than your start here last April 12 – 3-1/3 innings, 8 runs, 8 hits

“I’m just having fun. I think I really appreciate what I’m doing right now. I think by missing [time] last year, being able to play again, I’m like a little kid out there. Just trying to have fun and throw strikes.”

And being healthy?

“Yes, that’s the main thing.”

On throwing only 45 pitches through first 5 innings despite not having, according to Ross, your best stuff

“A lot of my pitches were up. They hit some really hard ground balls to the shortstop. Alex and Chipper and Uggla really played good defense behind me. They were swinging early; that helped, too. They were chasing. Whenever a team is aggressive like that and hits balls right to the infield, it really helps.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Jurrjens pitching CG when Braves really needed it

“After that long 13-inning game yesterday, he did a nice job with the complete game. Rossy did a helluva job – not only offensively with two home runs, four RBIs, but he did a nice job getting him through those difficult innings in the middle fo the game.”

On the offense, Chipper getting it started

“That ball he hit, pretty much straight center, in this ballpark, that ball was touched pretty good. For him to be tied with Mickey … I mean, there’s names on that list, Mickey Mantle and those guys, and now we’re witnessing Chipper Jones getting those milestones. It really does give me goosebumps every time one of those milestones is reached, to be there in the dugout.”

On Alex Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single

“That was big. We were patient that inning and got him in trouble. We made him throw strikes, and we were able to put up a big number, a 5-spot.”

On J.J. coming back after the long inning, did he have to regain his rhythm?

“I think so. But again, Rossy’s not only an offensive player, but he teamed up with him pretty good and got him through those innings.”

33 comments Add your comment

Graham

April 27th, 2011
2:26 am

Nice work Brave, thanks for the quotes! Let’s take 2 of 3 and get over 500 in Atlanta.

acbwcmm

April 27th, 2011
3:30 am

This is the Braves team I was eager to see in the spring!

So happy to see JJ off to a great start this year!

Mitchell

April 27th, 2011
4:13 am

Congrats to JJ.

I don’t know from his comments if he was really even thinking about a complete game or just taking it inning by inning but I read him in an interview talk about how much wanted to pitch a complete game.

That was last season actually and if I’m not mistaken he may have had a chance to have at least one last year but I guess this the new and improved Jair Jurrjens.

I definitely remember in ‘09 he had several opportunities to finish games and there was just no chance Bobby was going to let him pitch the 9th, and a couple times it almost cost us.

It’s no surprise his first complete game would come the year Bobby finally decided to hit the road. It’s great for the bullpen to have at least one night off this season and in this day and age, a great accomplishment in general for JJ.

I love Jair Jurrjens. There, I said it.

bravesgrl4life

April 27th, 2011
5:23 am

Great job, Braves!!!
DOB, thanks for the middle of the night quottage, dude! You are the best!

bruce

April 27th, 2011
6:42 am

NIce to see Ross so chatty… classy quotes about getting to Harang, big night with the HRs, gave Brian the whole night off, on the same page as JJ, and shakin’. Sweeeet.

Thanks for the extra effort Dave!

MT

April 27th, 2011
6:55 am

Thanks again for these quotes Dave! We really appreciate your hard work.

Bigwheel

April 27th, 2011
7:07 am

Thanks for posting the quotes, DOB. Youve got passion for this! Now i dont have to watch the last 5 innings i fell asleep to

vermont 39

April 27th, 2011
7:31 am

Nice game BRAVES!!!

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2011
8:03 am

Good to see David Ross with the big game. There’s not a more respected leader in the Braves clubhouse, I think. We are lucky to have him on the team.

dean

April 27th, 2011
8:04 am

3 games left in the month of April. The Braves are already 3 games better than last April. The sky has not fallen. Good game Braves.

Joey

April 27th, 2011
8:33 am

Derek Lowe called JJ “the best pitcher on our staff” two years ago. Then the injury bug got him.

Hopefully he is getting back to that form.

phil

April 27th, 2011
8:50 am

Nice work on the quotes, DOB…tx for the effort. And not one cap tipped last nite….

phil

April 27th, 2011
8:55 am

Joey – It would be nice if Lowe got back to something resembling form. He’s so hyper and out of control out there that you almost want to summon medical attention. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but he needs to calm down.

RBrave

April 27th, 2011
9:02 am

Man , really important to have a good back up catcher! Ross does a great job back there. Braves seems to be playing better now, we really need to put together a good 10 and 2 run or so to get us on a good roll and back into the early race and put some pressure on the Phils.

joekill

April 27th, 2011
9:10 am

JJ pitched great rossy was huge lets get it done today then come home and battle the red birds and chipper jones does it again hes proving the talking heads wrong. Congrads JJ
lets go bravos

phil

April 27th, 2011
9:23 am

We are showing signs of life….three things that will make us really tick….prado, ugly and mcout….if we can get the 3 of them playing consistently and getting on base a few times per game, we’ll be tough to beat….not very concerned about prado but the other 2….we’ll see….decent game from ugly last nite and mclouth had a good trip overall…

Goose

April 27th, 2011
9:38 am

@phil, Lowe has ADD and has said many times that he has trouble concentrating while on the mound. I’m pretty sure he’s prescribed Adderall to help him focus. Just thought that might shine some light on his behavior up there.

bvillebaron

April 27th, 2011
9:50 am

What no Larry to enlighten us with some more doom and gloom despite a great victory?

Chuck M.

April 27th, 2011
10:27 am

There are some teams that would be starting Ross every day.It is so good to have a player like Ross to back up Mac.The best back up catcher that I have ever seen.

63 year Braves fan

April 27th, 2011
10:36 am

Ross is a far better defensive catcher than McCann. The Red Sox would pay dearly for him right now.

steve

April 27th, 2011
10:59 am

slowly but surely its all coming together

TOMY FOURNIER

April 27th, 2011
11:01 am

YES…GOOD JOB BRAVES….BUT, WHEN THEY GOING TO MAKE A TRADE TO GET A GOOD CENTER FIELD??? “MCLOWN-WOODY WOOD PEACKER” IS OUT, NOT GOOD IN ANY THING..NOT GOOD FIELDING, NOT GOOD HITTING, NOT GOOD TROWING,NOT GOOD RUNNING,NOT GOOD STEALING…FOR WHAT THE HELL WE WANT THIS $$%##@ GUY…IS GOOD FOR NOTHING…PLEAAAAAASE, MAKE A TRADE!!!!!

Mikey

April 27th, 2011
11:04 am

You cannot overstate how important and terrific Jurrjens performance was last night to give the bullpen much needed rest, but the fact that he is BACK makes the Braves rotation as formidable as any rotation in the league…….Yes Philly too! Braves team era 3.19 Philly team era 3.25
…..and yes Ross is the best backup catcher in the majors both defense/offense and gives the best hitter on the Braves a much needed day off

YES!

April 27th, 2011
11:05 am

She was SHAKIN’! :)

Lobosolo

April 27th, 2011
11:23 am

Hey Tomy, (is it really Tommy and you can’t spell any better than you think?) … What’s this “we” stuff… the Bravos don’t disparage each other… part of that team thing, you know…

Bravos starting to click!!!! Get ‘em this afternoon!

the 6-4-3

April 27th, 2011
11:47 am

great game last night david ross was great as was jj. come on tommy lets kill this road trip.

Chuck M.

April 27th, 2011
11:59 am

Tomy How do you really feel about Nate? he is hitting a whole lot better.He got the game winning hit the other night.Sure his defense is not all there,His arm for one is not good,but he can run a ball down ok.The bottom line is we are stuck with Nate.lets just hope he keeps hitting!GO BRAVES!

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Bill

April 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Why dont we get rid of Conrad and bring up a catcher then we have Ross to go with Hinski?

Johnny Beach

April 27th, 2011
1:01 pm

Jones may have his greatest year………..just watch

Don Van

April 27th, 2011
2:41 pm

Where has this guy TOMY from? The moon? It’s obvious he is not a Brave fan or he would know how well McL has been doing lately. I would be the first to agree that the Braves got him right after he had a careen year at Pittsburg, but he is definately not a zero as TOMY would have us believe.

I do wish, though, that our big guy Jason would quit hitting so many balls into the ground and would go back to his old swing. It looks like he is focusing on trying to hit the balls they are throwing him inside and as a result he is hitting too many balls into the ground. With that said it’s nice that he has started hitting a few out of the park now.

Choppinmama

April 27th, 2011
5:09 pm

DOB: Adding my thanks for the late-nite quottage. It is so interesting to hear from the catcher (besides just a few post-game quote-bites [but we are thankful for those too!]) speak in-depth about the pitching game.

Also interesting about his read on Harang: “When you catch a guy, you know what he’s got. “ Yet another reason he was in the lineup last night.

OK, back to enjoying the 6-run lead on get-away day.

Dave, when are you reporting to the airport? Good luck flying above the horrible weather in and on the way to ATL today! Find some mellow music for the ride.

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