Braves postgame quotes after 3-0 loss in Teheran’s debut

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Teheran’s outing:

“I thought he did a nice job. To put him in this situation, this environment, I thought the young man did a nice job. One pitch to Howard, other than that, first-and-third and Petey Orr hit the ball just slow enough we couldn’t turn it or he’s out of the inning. I think he did a terrific job. I think it’s a great experience for him. You didn’t see the deer in the headlight look out there. He got behind some hitters and when you do that at the major league level you’re going to get paid. Overall I thought his performance was nice to see.”

On his reaction when Gonzalez took him out:

“I think he was disappointed that he didn’t give us a better chance to win a ballgame, knowing the young man, but I think overall, I really think he’s going to be a better pitcher for it, and we better learn how to pronounce his name because we’ll see him soon. And when he does come, he’ll stay up here a long time.”

On the offense vs. Kendrick:

“We hit some balls at people. McLouth hit a ball in straight away center that Victorino made a nice play. Danny Uggla hit one an inning later with a man on base, and Chipper lined out. You can go on and on. That’s how the game is sometimes, cruel.”

On the assignment for Teheran:

“It’s a tough draw, but we talked it over as an organization. We thought this young man could handle it, be better for it. And I think all those things. He did great. He gave up a pitch to Howard. Howard’s got a lot of guys in that book, home runs. Other than that tip your hat to the young man. I thought he was outstanding. I could guarantee you there’s no park he’s pitched in that’s got 45,000 people and there’s no lineup that he’s seen that has these type of hitters. It’s not an A-plus because you’d like to give the young man a win. But it’s an A.”

On working on sharpening his command in Gwinnett:

“Yeah, I think there’s so much he can learn from this. You know I was really impressed with – the way he held runners, for a young kid. Slide step, and he threw the ball over. A lot of the stuff he did on his own. I think he handled the whole thing great. I’m proud of him. I’m proud of the decision we made as an organization. And you know what? There are kids in the minor leagues now that say hey, you pitch and you’re successful, you’ve got a chance to get called up. I think he knows he can compete up here and now it’s a matter of getting some experience, that’s all.”

JULIO TEHERAN (with Eddie Perez translating)

On the experience:

“It was the best moment of my life, being here in the big leagues.”

On if amped up in the early innings:

“The first hitter, I wasn’t nervous but I was excited about facing a big league hitter, in the middle of that I was trying too much.”

On if he’s hungrier to get back now:

“Yes. I’m anxious to get back here again.”

On if family saw back in Colombia:

“Yeah they were watching me at home.”

On if a difference in strike zone vs. Triple-A:

“I see the difference as a rookie, it’s going to be a close call, a small zone, but I’m OK.”

On the pitch to Howard:

“I tried to go outside and I missed my spot.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Teheran:

“I thought he was great. Given the circumstances, coming up here and pitching against a great lineup, never faced them before, I thought he did well.”

On what impressed him about Teheran’s stuff:

“The fact that he’s got three pitches he can throw in any count. He’s got a great fastball. Really good changeup and he’s working on his curveball.”

On Teheran’s poise:

“That’s what you read about. In spring training, that’s what he showed us. The guy is going to be a stud. Whenever he comes back up, he’s only going to get better and better.”

On his visits to the mound:

“To talk about things he was doing with his glove. Other than that I let him pitch his own game. I told him to watch how he’s going in his glove.”

On if Teheran needs more seasoning:

“If he needed to come up right now he’d be successful. We’ve got five guys going out there pitching at a high level. But if we needed somebody to come up and do the job, I think he can do it absolutely.”

On the Braves offense vs. Kendrick:

“That one inning we hit the ball great. We had four lasers and nothing to show for it. Things could have been a little different. I thought he pitched great though. He worked the corners and changed speeds. When you do that, you’re going to win more times than not.”

DEREK LOWE

On Teheran:

“In this environment, very good. You’ve got to remember he’s 20 years old. I think I was in Double-A when I was 20. That’s pretty impressive in itself to be able to get to this level that young. A guy this talented is only going to get better, and that’s just by going out there. You get more comfortable every time you get out there. I imagine this isn’t the last time we’ll see him up here.”

41 comments Add your comment

bostonbravo

May 7th, 2011
11:09 pm

Tip my hat to JT.
We have a blessing of pitchers….unlike ever seen here (including the Maddox, Smoltz, Glavine years)…how can Fredi screw it up?? Stay tuned.

LAG

May 7th, 2011
11:12 pm

Has anyone else noticed that Fredi’s recent cap-tipping has been to his own players and not the opposition?

bob

May 7th, 2011
11:22 pm

Welcome to the “Bigs” Julio. You will probably avg more run support the rest of your career.
You sure look 25. But hey, stay away from the young girls and no one will care about your age ?

bob

May 7th, 2011
11:24 pm

p.s. Why is everyone blasting Freddie? Let’s see how he does in October, if there is one for the Braves, before we judge him.

TRB

May 7th, 2011
11:26 pm

No, LAG, I didn’t notice. But for that I tip my cap to Fredi.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

May 7th, 2011
11:27 pm

bostonbravo/JAG – even tho we lost, I can take this loss…on the acct that JT did a heck of a job, in the situation he was in, and against the lineup of the Phils.

On the flip-side of that……is how in the heck do you beat Cliff Lee twice, and then end up getting shut down by little old Kyle Kendrick?

Pretty pathetic…if ya ask me.

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LAG

May 7th, 2011
11:31 pm

Some guys/teams just have your number, I guess. We all know the story about Chipper and the Mets.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

May 7th, 2011
11:44 pm

opps…I meant LAG

Sorry..(LOL)

TexasRose

May 7th, 2011
11:58 pm

Today is my birthday – can I PLEASE can a ‘tip of the hat’ from my fellow Braves fans???

NCBrave

May 7th, 2011
11:59 pm

We really need to take Game 3 tomorrow night. It would be big with the Nats coming to ATL and Phillies hitting the road to Florida. Overall I think our pitching has still dominated Philly hitters. 7 hits in 18 innings is a joke. Two dominant pitchiong staffs overall, I just hope we can jump on Hamels tomorrow night and JJ can stay true to form, he’s been our hottest pitcher.

don

May 8th, 2011
12:02 am

Let’s just hope the Braves don’t package him in a Teixeira- type disaster trade like they did Feliz and Andrus. You rarely get youngsters of the caliber of Feliz, Andrus, and Teheran and you can’t continue to squander them.

NorCal Brave

May 8th, 2011
12:02 am

When Kendrick was in Phils’ regular rotation he always seemed to do well against Braves.

rc35

May 8th, 2011
2:19 am

Buen jugador, Julio! Proxima vez, amigo…proxima vez!

Allan

May 8th, 2011
3:10 am

What’s scary is that the Phils are winning so many games without Utley, Ruiz and a couple of good pitchers.

Ash Richburn

May 8th, 2011
6:57 am

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the Phillies…

BobDawg

May 8th, 2011
8:19 am

…Kendrick is a right handed “Glavine”… throws slow, slower, slowest…. We were too impatient up there…

BullDogMike

May 8th, 2011
8:55 am

Sure would have been nice to see the kid get a little run support. It’s not fair send him out there and have to pitch a shut out, just to stay in the game. Nice hitting fellows. Braves always famous for making some unknown pitcher look like Sandy Koufax..

Kave Man

May 8th, 2011
9:22 am

He looked scared everytime they made contact. Looks like a guy whos been hit with a line drive or two. Linebrink does the same thing.

Overall though I think he looked close to ready. Give him the rest of the year in AAA and let him start in ‘12

reckingball

May 8th, 2011
10:13 am

The Braves made some good contact, on some of Kendricks pitches, that the A-hole that the Phillies have playing in CF made two or three good plays on.
I think those plays prevented some runs from being scored by the Braves.
But I’m not tipping by cap to him, because I hate, Victorino.

Brave New World

May 8th, 2011
10:17 am

JT’s first game could not have been under more adverse circumstances, and he kept his poise. This kid is going to be special.

Chris P. Bacon

May 8th, 2011
10:31 am

JT was NOT trying to “go outside” on a 2-0 count to Howard. He was trying to blow a fastball right by him. He got away with that all the time at Gwinnett. Howard was waiting on that pitch, to show JT the error of his ways.

ray

May 8th, 2011
10:31 am

Braves don’t face Hallaady or Oswalt and will still likely lose the series. The offense is still offensive.
Got blanked by 4 mediocre pitchers.
If you hit enough balls hard, some will be hits. 4 hard hit balls usually won’t do it.

reckingball

May 8th, 2011
10:45 am

That was a brilliant analysis.

In Fredi I Trust

May 8th, 2011
10:53 am

I am not going to get down on this team after the way they played the past 6-7 games, but this is the team they absolutely need to beat in order to stay in contention this year. I hope JJ can go out and take care of business and we can take the series.

Weaseal

May 8th, 2011
11:24 am

Dear Braves,
We need a win today for all Mother’s and Grandmothers that have to deal with us as Braves fans over the years!!

Largo

May 8th, 2011
11:31 am

Even the worst teams have short winning streaks. The braves have had theirs, now they can get back to losing.

reckingball

May 8th, 2011
11:36 am

Funny, how a lose, brings the trolls back out.

reckingball

May 8th, 2011
11:45 am

Funny how a loss, brings the trolls back out.

TOMY FOURNIER

May 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

I HATE THE PHILLYS(I LIVE HERE)…BUT WHEN ATLANTA PLAY THIS WAY…I HATE MORA MY TEAM(ATLANTA)….ALL THEY ARE A BUNCH OF SH##$$#@…AND WHAT ABOUT THIS TV HOME TRANSMITION(PHILLYS)…WAO, NOTHING LIKE ALL THIS TRASH COMENTATORS…THEY REVIEW 3 OR 4 TIME EVERY THING HIS HITTER DO IT,INCLUDING WHEN ONE OF THE PHILLYS SPIT OUT OR SCRASH THEIR ASS..AND WHAT ABOUT HOWARD HIT A HOME RUN..MY-MY THEY ARE CRAZY ABOUT THAT AND REVIEW THE EVENT 5 OR 6 TIME…THEY ARE “IMBECIL”…MORON…STUPID..VERY FOOLISH…AND MY PROBLEM WITH THIS…WELL, THEY MAKE ME TO VIEW ALL THE GAME ON “MUTE”…THE ONLY WAY I CAN SEE THE GAME AND DON’T HEAR ALL THE BUCH OF SH$$%##@ THEY TALK ABOUT!!!!…THANK MY LORD..TODAY THE GAME IS TV ESPN…HURRA..I,AM A PHILLYS HATER..URRRRRRRR!!!!

jt

May 8th, 2011
1:45 pm

Com’On Tomy Fournier how do you really feel???

jt

May 8th, 2011
1:47 pm

Why two posts reckingball? Someone tell you how to spell loss?

BRAVESFAN

May 8th, 2011
2:00 pm

Every Braves player batting over .300 get’s Sunday off to pray for the rest of the team.

jt

May 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

That would be 1 (one) BRAVESFAN

BRAVESFAN

May 8th, 2011
2:10 pm

Braves, spring training is over. These games count and unless the Phillies and Marlins private jets crash into each other on a travel day you will be asking Smoltz for some golf tips sooner than later.

jt

May 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Oh wait a minute, the one over .300 is David Ross. Part Time player.. Guess we have none over .300 Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!

Ekim

May 8th, 2011
2:54 pm

Well, let’s see, Chris P. Bacon… We’ve got JT saying he was trying to go outside to Howard, and we’ve got you saying that’s not the case. Wow, tough decision here on who to trust. Hmmmm…. Give me a minute, I can’t decide.

nashvillewill

May 8th, 2011
3:44 pm

Kendricks is always tough on the Braves. Whatever reason. I thought they would win if Oswald was pitching, but not KK. 4 hard hit balls is not enough, sorry Fredi, silly comment. My opinion, the Braves don’t “have” to win today. They should compete if JJ is still hot. I think they “have” to win the series in Atlanta, however. I thought Teheran was good, not great, and not ready for the big show yet, so good to go back to Gwinnett for awhile. A question: if Braves brass knew this was the solution to the doubleheader, why didn’t they bring Teheran into Atlanta to face the (less formidable)Cards? Then start Hanson or Huddy against Philly. Just wondering.

westside

May 8th, 2011
5:00 pm

well chris bacon.i see u kno more about JT than himself. hmmm intresting that the 20 year old said he wanted to go outside but wasnt as sharp on his command so it hung up and got knocked.. so i guess u know more than him

reckingball

May 8th, 2011
5:37 pm

Like I said, a loss brings out the trolls.

ramblingman

May 9th, 2011
9:11 am

“Braves don’t face Hallaady or Oswalt and will still likely lose the series. The offense is still offensive.”

Ouch. How does it feel to be pwned. Too bad you’re not actually a fan, because then you might enjoy the recent string of games.

“Even the worst teams have short winning streaks. The braves have had theirs, now they can get back to losing”

Even the worst trolls will say something smart now and then. Oh, wait, no they won’t. You can now get back to whining.

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