Braves postgame comments after Tuesday’s shutout win vs. Pirates

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Jurrjens:

“He gives us quality start after quality start. It’s nice to see the consistency…. He’s healthy. People ask me what’s different about JJ. And he really works at it with that knee in his preparation.”

On defense:

“We played good defense and that seemed to be our MO, good pitching, good defense and the bats will come around. As long as you have the first two, you can wait on those bats to put up a big number.”

On the fan interference call:

“When you get fan interference, the rule book states that it’s up to (umpires’) judgment to see if they can score the runner or not. And they felt when the guy caught the ball or interfered with the play, Prado was not far enough to third to score the run there. My argument was with two outs, he’s going on the ball hit. But of course, my argument falls short. I have not seen the video….It’s a beautiful ballpark and sometimes the fans get involved. There are a lot of other ballparks that happens in. I’m glad it didn’t cost us anything.”

On Jurrjens’ command:

“He was good, really good. 97 pitches, I think maybe one or two balls he didn’t hit the mark where McCann set up. When you have that kind of command with all your pitches you’re going to be successful.”

On Freeman’s opposite field hit in second:

“We were hit-and-run (there) and trying to create a little more scoring opportunities. It wasn’t a very easy pitch to hit from what I understand. It was down, but you feel good that he’s going to cover with his bat. And he did, just over the third baseman’s head, Gonzo got to third and Brooksy’s nice sac fly RBI.”

JAIR JURRJENS

On his command:

“It’s just trying to throw strikes. It’s not easy coming from a day off trying to pitch. I know the position players over there too had a day off and you’re just trying to take advantage of rustiness of the offense, just throw strikes and make them get themselves out.”

On the match-up vs. Morton:

“Charlie’s been having a really good season and when you’re going against one of the best pitchers right now in the league, you just try to keep that concentration up and keep the team in the game. I tried to make the fewest mistakes I could and be aggressive in the strike zone and let them hit the pitch I want them to hit.”

On if he realized he’d thrown 26 of 29 pitches for strikes:

“When I go out there I tried to think the less I can – don’t overthink yourself. I try to take my team back in the dugout as soon as I can. Throw strikes and pitch for contact.”

On defense behind him:

“This is another collective win. To have good pitching, you need to have good defense too. Sometimes you get away with stuff. In the second inning, when Freddie, if that ball goes through it’s at least two runs. It goes both ways, good defense and good pitching. It goes together.”

On his season:

“I’m just happy to be out there. Last year I was very frustrated. I kept getting hit by injury. I’m just trying to enjoy my time out there and trying to go deeper into games and save the bullpen. And I’m having fun and that’s the main thing.”

On being healthy again:

“From my first game back, I realized how much I missed pitching and I’ve been having fun like a little kid going back out there. I really appreciate all my time I have on the mound.”

FREDDIE FREEMAN

On former Brave Charlie Morton:

“Last year he was over the top, now he’s looking like Roy Halladay out there (more three-quarters).”

On the Braves pitching and defense combo:

“That’s what we did tonight and luckily JJ was on the mound. We haven’t been scoring a lot of runs lately but when you’ve got somebody pitching like that and our bullpen came in and shut it down. Two runs was enough tonight.”

On his play up the line on Cedeno:

“(Chris) Snyder (the baserunner at first) on the first pitch shuffled off into my view. So when he shuffled off (first) again I took one step to my left and he hit it down the line. Luckily I’m a little bit longer than most people and I was able to dive and catch that ball.”

On Schafer’s speed:

“For him to be able to score from first, especially with that huge helmet he had on, it’s pretty impressive…He has a small tiny head, so they didn’t’ have a helmet that fit him so they had to go with that thing. It’s a little bit embarrassing, but it didn’t slow him down at all luckily.”

JORDAN SCHAFER:

(The Braves did not have a helmet small enough for Schafer in Pittsburgh, so he had to wear his oversized S100 helmet from Gwinnett during Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh. The larger, double ear-flapped helmets are mandatory now in the minor leagues.)

On wearing his oversized helmet:

“My head is too little for the other helmets. I tried to put on Nate’s and it was quite large.”

On his contribution, drawing a walk, scoring a run:

“That’s really all I’m trying to do is have productive at-bats, whether it’s getting deep in counts and letting other guys see pitches, getting on-base by walk, trying to steal bases, whatever it is. I’m just trying to contribute any way I can.”

On his composure this time around:

“Obviously I’m glad to be back here, but basically it was just about business.”

On if Morton’s new delivery reminds him of Halladay:

“One hundred percent, especially out of the wind-up. The leg lift and the tuck, exactly the same.”

DAVID ROSS

On Schafer’s helmet:

“It looks like Marvin the Martian.”

85 comments Add your comment

nc braves fanatic

May 24th, 2011
11:21 pm

i’ve said this many times in many places, but it’s worth saying again; some call him “the masher from menasha,” others, “big damage,” but eric “the barbarian” hinske is more like a legendary fantasy hero. someone please give this man some cast-off clothing from “game of thrones” or find a role for him in “the hobbit” straightaway. if i’m getting attacked by fabulous beasts, this is the dude who leads my army.

LAG

May 24th, 2011
11:24 pm

Yeah, I thought Schafer’s helmet looked like the ones that they give to batters who just suffered concussions…

Thadsdad

May 24th, 2011
11:30 pm

Keep hearing the Braves mentioned as possible suitors for Houston outfielder Hunter Pence.
Any truth or are the so-called experts throwing it up against the wall again in the hopes that it sticks?

kwajbraves

May 24th, 2011
11:32 pm

JS has Mookie Wilson type speed. He was a blur scoring on that double.

kwajbraves

May 24th, 2011
11:42 pm

On Schafer’s helmet:

“It looks like Marvin the Martian.”

He also looks like the great Gazoo

Frank's Wren

May 24th, 2011
11:58 pm

Schafer also reminded me of Commander Keen. Please tell me you guys aren’t too young for that reference.

mathman

May 25th, 2011
12:00 am

Nice to have Schafer patrolling CF. Obviously, he is the best CF we have, and has the best arm. Hopefully, he is in CF and leadoff for good. Take your time in getting back Nate. Hopefully, by then, we will find some foolish team willing to take you if we pay part of it.

Dirty Dawg

May 25th, 2011
12:03 am

I got a question….if the Pittsburgh fan had actually caught the ball in his hat and pulled it over the fence, what would the call have been? Has to be a HR, doesn’t it?

shmoe

May 25th, 2011
12:04 am

Frank’s Wren,

you have no idea how much i played commander keen

Frank's Wren

May 25th, 2011
12:10 am

@Dirty Dawg, It looked like it would have bounced off the OF wall.

@shmoe, Thanks… I’m in my late 20s and I’m just glad that reference wasn’t over everyone’s head. Also, it was a fun game back in the day.

Frank's Wren

May 25th, 2011
12:11 am

@Dirty Dawg, whoops, misread your question. I think it would have been fan interference still, and a ground rule double.

Chris

May 25th, 2011
12:19 am

@Dirty Dawg, It doesn’t matter whether or not he pulled it over, it’s where he touched it and the ball was still short of the fence. However, the run should have counted. Prado was half way to third before the ball hit the fan and would have easily scored. The umps screwed that one up and it cost a run. Thankfully it didn’t cost the game. Solid win tonight.

Josh.0

May 25th, 2011
12:19 am

Wish I could have watched the game just to see Schafer’s helmet. I’ve been reading about it everywhere…anyone got link to a picture or video?

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Mitchell

May 25th, 2011
12:44 am

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Mitchell

May 25th, 2011
12:49 am

GD it! I just wrote a seriously long post about the one time golden boy and top prospect Jordan Schafer but I forgot to fill in my name and email. I hate that.

Why can’t it just save what you wrote so you don’t have to get totally screwed over?

Ah, whatever. Boy, am I tired all of a sudden.

See you good people later.

But anyway, maybe Jordan can get things going again and he can start to really contribute.

I mean, really… how much worse than Nate McLouth could he be?

Frank's Wren

May 25th, 2011
12:58 am

@Josh.0, just go to MLB.com and look at the video highlights of Prado’s RBI.

NorCal Brave

May 25th, 2011
1:00 am

Pitching and defense carries us to victory again, and obviously these guys are upbeat after a win. For us to even have a decent shot at winning, our pitchers have to hold the opponent under three runs. Fredi sounds content to keep on waiting for the bats to come alive; let’s see how we hit tomorrow against Pirate start MacDonald and his 5-and-a-half ERA. As I recall, this guy shut us down big time last year.

DiamondbackMac

May 25th, 2011
1:08 am

Frank’s Wren

Too young. Hell, I’m too old. Had to look it up.

jj

May 25th, 2011
1:24 am

Thadsdad,I heard the rumor about H.Pence on a talk show yesterday.I would not mind having him,but giving up JJ for him is a little steep right now in my humble opinion.Every trade that is discussed has JJ as the sacraficial lamb.I understand that he is represented by Boras,but for an organization that prides itself on its pitching,I think they find a way to keep him with the money that will be available next year.Him,Hanson,and the young arms in the minors should keep the Braves in good stead for a while.I love Huddy and Lowe,but their best days just might be behind them.

westside

May 25th, 2011
2:06 am

stupid idiots over here. pay attention n see wats going on instead of posting random ideas

KnightInATL

May 25th, 2011
2:14 am

I am Extremely disappointed in Fredi for not arguing the interference call more vehemently. Sure, it didn’t cost us the game, but it went a Long way in showing how little Fredi is backing our guys. The decision not to award Prado home plate was absolutely disgusting, and one of the worst judgment calls I’ve seen in quite some time.

Bobby Cox

May 25th, 2011
2:26 am

@KnightInATL… I agree. Bobby Cox would have been thrown out over that awful call. Fredi doesn’t seem to ignite the players like Bobby did. I haven’t been impressed with Fredi so far this year

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
2:49 am

I would love to see a reporter ask Fredi Gonzalez, exactly what does it take, to get him to have an actual argument, with an umpire that makes a terrible call or ruling.

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
2:54 am

I know that he will never win the argument but he can at least let them know that they made a rotten call.

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
3:13 am

That ruling, making Prado stop at 3rd, was just plain old terrible.
Your right, Cox would have been ejected for sure, on that bum call.
Also, a couple of weeks ago(I believe it was in the Phillies series with Victorino batting), the mongoloid looking, rookie umpire, failed to call a pitch straight down the middle of the plate, a third strike.
McCann ran to the dugout assuming it was strike 3, and had to come back to the plate, and the Braves had to give the batter an extra strike, which he hit and and drove a run in with.
Gonzalez never even got up off of his behind to say a word to that umpire.
That is a blatant case of not backing up his players.
Cox would probably have gotten suspended in that incident.

BRAVESFAN

May 25th, 2011
6:18 am

Larry

May 25th, 2011
6:34 am

Fredi’s a dunce.

You don’t argue a call expecting a reversal; you argue what you believe is a blown call to put the umps on alert that you’re watching them so they think twice about pissing you off again. You’re arguing to win the benefit of doubt on the NEXT close call!

Bobby Cox was stubborn and dumb; Fredi is just dumb!

CajunStorm

May 25th, 2011
6:41 am

Wow….all of these “takes” and Mr Jair Jurrjens hardly gets any love in the blogosphere yet again! I don’t know what to say about that. JJ is our best pitcher!! He gas been 2 outta 3 years. He absolutely showed heart and guts by trying to overcome those injuries last year. I think it is waaaay past due to give this young man some dang props and recognize and acknowledge this very true statement…..Jair Jurrjens is our best player! Every promo the Braves have should have JJ’s image front and center.

Do your thing JJ….this ol Southern Cajun has got your back!

chas

May 25th, 2011
6:44 am

fredi is a whimp.and does not have enough fie in his belly to be a major leage manager.

Wobble Legs

May 25th, 2011
6:48 am

DO you think maybe Fredi is afraid to get ejected . . . like because he doesn’t trust anyone on his staff to take over the managing in his place? Certainly doesn’t show the players any “I’m with you” in supporting their arguments! Or is he just afraid of the umps? I can’t get that picture out of my mind of McCann arguing and Fredi just sitting there — never moved! Geez!

Let's Go

May 25th, 2011
7:09 am

For all you Fredi bashers out there wondering why he didn’t argue more on the interference call, he couldn’t. I have to watch the games on the MLB Package and last night they only had the Pirates feed on and their announcers made a point that after a play has been reviewed a manager cannot argue the call. If he does it’s immediate ejection. What Fredi was doing was asking for clarification on the runner and that was it, anything more would have got him tossed. What good would that have been to get tossed when you are not protecting a player.

Some of you seem to forget this team that has struggled to hit most of the year and has a ton on injuries is still 4 games over 500, 3 games back in the toughest divison in the NL and maybe in all of baseball.

Jerry Blooger

May 25th, 2011
7:33 am

Either way Fredi should have gotten’ himself thrown out.

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
7:34 am

So what does Fredi do now that Uggly has had his 7 innings of rest, put him back in the 2,3,4,or 5 hole or down in the 8 hole where he can do the least amount of damage?

I was always happy to see Bobby thrown out of the game, felt like we had a chance to win with him gone.

Kat

May 25th, 2011
8:09 am

Haha thanks for the great quotes. Love Freeman’s on Schafer’s helmet.

dp

May 25th, 2011
8:10 am

Fire Wren….this mess is of his making…again….if this guy knows talent then I’m Santa Claus!!!!!!!!!!

Wobble Legs

May 25th, 2011
8:10 am

Ralph, that was my exact feelings also! He always fired the team up when getting tossed out of the game. Usually sparked a rally!

josh

May 25th, 2011
8:11 am

Ralph

We all know Fredi wouldn’t humiliate Danny Boy any further, he’ll be back in the 5 hole.

dean

May 25th, 2011
8:12 am

I had the same feeling as KnightInATLlast night: “The decision not to award Prado home plate was absolutely disgusting, and one of the worst judgment calls I’ve seen in quite some time.”

Let’s Go@7:09: Amen. Especially 2nd paragraph.

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
8:16 am

Your right josh, truth is not much difference between Uggla and Conrad except they put Conrad in the 8 hole and he can hit a fly ball out once in a while.

josh

May 25th, 2011
8:19 am

Yeah Ralph, Conrad can make better outs than Uggla.

phil

May 25th, 2011
8:59 am

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
3:13 am
“That ruling, making Prado stop at 3rd, was just plain old terrible.
Your right, Cox would have been ejected for sure, on that bum call.
Also, a couple of weeks ago(I believe it was in the Phillies series with Victorino batting), the mongoloid looking, rookie umpire, failed to call a pitch straight down the middle of the plate, a third strike.
McCann ran to the dugout assuming it was strike 3, and had to come back to the plate, and the Braves had to give the batter an extra strike, which he hit and and drove a run in with.
Gonzalez never even got up off of his behind to say a word to that umpire.
That is a blatant case of not backing up his players.
Cox would probably have gotten suspended in that incident.”

Why can’t you haters ever just be glad we won a game? Always complaining and griping about something. I feel sorry for DOB having to read this trash….

Bill

May 25th, 2011
9:11 am

Schafer 0 for 4..1bb, 1 k, 1 score from 1st on double..nothing Nate hasn’t done many times…but some of you fans are going crazy over JS…How about waiting till he really does something….
Mathman needs to do the math

Bill

May 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for anyone that helps Braves win..but lets be real.
If Fan catches ball its a homer, but fans error cost Chipper.
Braves won..thats the most important thing..

Total Grace

May 25th, 2011
9:30 am

I love JS hitting lead off and setting the table. Did you guys see how much speed he possesses when he scored?

phil

May 25th, 2011
9:30 am

Exactly, Bill….Schafer can run like the wind, but if, like nearly everyone in the lineup, he can’t get on base, what good will it do us? Let’s see if he can scratch out at least one actual hit today….and maybe Uggly will get one out of the infield too….

Bill

May 25th, 2011
9:35 am

The guy who broke in my business can run like the wind…..

Bobby's Cox

May 25th, 2011
9:39 am

Good game Bravos. Bobby would have been tossed out of 2 or 3 games already this year for sure! I just hate this having to pretty much shut every opponent out in order to get a Win… I just hope that at some point in J-Hey’s career, his fragile body will give us a full season or two…

Bill

May 25th, 2011
9:39 am

phil

May 25th, 2011
9:49 am

We keep pounding the dying horse, like the one in Gone with the Wind, of no consistent hitting….

Why could it be that we keep doing that? Is it because we’re haters? Stupid? Don’t understand baseball? Whiners? Some would have you think so.

But momma didn’t raise a complete idiot….the hitting issues are there every single game these days…in the past, we’d at least break out now and then and score a bunch here and there….not this season. Have we managed 10 runs in more than game 2 or 3 against the Nats at the start of the year?

FF seems to be coming to life a little….he better be.

alexander

May 25th, 2011
9:50 am

jj PITCHED a great game.
Really nice to see some speed on the basepath, hope we get to see more
WE NEED TO HIT!!!!!

Fire FW,fire FW

josh

May 25th, 2011
10:01 am

@phil

I think phil if you really understood baseball you would understand why we are haters.

jim

May 25th, 2011
10:05 am

What was Gonzo thinking last night with a two out bases empty bunt with Freeman coming up next against a lefty reliever?
I was thinking that a Hinske bunt the batter before would have been a good play with the defensive alignment the Pirates were using — He has done it before.

Johnny Beach

May 25th, 2011
10:05 am

Pitch a shut out OR FORGET ABOUT IT

phil

May 25th, 2011
10:05 am

josh – I think you’re kidding but if not, I was! And I’m one of those “haters”! In other words, I really want to win and can’t stand ineptitude on the field, whether my feelings are justified or not…

alexander – lol….not FG today, FW….Fire FW!!!

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
10:14 am

The Braves played a great game last night.
Pitching and defense was excellent.
Had enough hits and runs, this time.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!

josh

May 25th, 2011
10:15 am

Yeah phil, I read you wrong, I thought you were one of those guys that call us stupid haters because we love the game so much and vent our frustrations.

jim

May 25th, 2011
10:16 am

The Ramirez bat last night gave a good indication of why he is a AAA player, at least for now. Not even JF in his early years swings at those pitches.

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
10:18 am

I’m a hater myself, I hate stupid decisions by management, I don’t hate the players when they are under performing because I know they are trying as hard as they can.

phil

May 25th, 2011
10:30 am

The Ramirez AB made me want to puke….it looked like Uggly or Hurtward up there and I was trying to get those images out of my head with both not playing last nite…mercifully…

I look forward to Uggly’s return today….I expect the man to hit the ball somewhere other than on one hop to short or third over and over, assuming he doesn’t K….will he? Doubtful of course, but my mind is open to the slim possibility…

Yay Team!

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
10:31 am

When the umpires make a ruling such as the one concerning Prado scoring, do they just view the home team’s video only, or do they review the video from both teams camera-crews?.

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
10:38 am

Phil, if the only alternative to Uggla is Conrad I guess I too look forward to Ugglas return however that is not the only alternative.

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
10:39 am

Even fellow rookie Freeman was riding Shafer for that helmet! I couldn’t stop laughing at Freddie’s comment: “For him to be able to score from first, especially with that huge helmet he had on, it’s pretty impressive…” HA!! His head reminds me of Beetlejuice when his head shrinks at the end of the movie. That boy’s got a small head! I bet he didn’t cause his Mama any pain comin’ out! I mean, did she even know that she gave birth or did he just come out while she was watching TV??

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
10:49 am

On the fan interference, what is the rule for fan interference? Is it tuly at the discretion of the umpires? Or are they required to follow the strict ground-rule double rules? If it’s the former, then the umpires blew it big time. If it’s the latter, then they did all they could do. But, if that’s the case, then the fan interference rule needs to be fixed so the visiting team is NEVER penalized for a home team’s fans, because now, if I’m the Pirates, I would hand out fishing nets to those in the front row to help the team save runs every time someone hits the ball near the wall!!

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
10:50 am

It’s the former.

phil

May 25th, 2011
10:52 am

It’s the former per Jim Powell and Lemke….in other words, the Pirate fan saved his team a run, which is just about as ridiculous a thing as can happen at a game….I don’t like to blame the umps usually, unlike NBA refs who don’t know their head from a hole in the ground, but this call was pathetic….of course Prado was going to score…and yet all 4 couldn’t get their pea-sized brains around the obvious….easily could’ve cost us the game with our anemic offense…

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
10:53 am

If the Pirates had of won the game 3 to 2, would that fan have been named, the Most Valuable Fan?

Ralph

May 25th, 2011
10:54 am

How does the ump know if its a Pirate fan or a Braves fan.

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
10:56 am

Was that fan ejected from the ballpark?
Or was he given some free passes for future games?

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
11:01 am

@10:54 ….”How does the ump know if its a Pirate fan or a Braves fan?”
They go behind the dugout and review the video, to see if he cheers when the Braves get a hit, or if he cheers when the Pirates get a hit.

Old Milwaukee

May 25th, 2011
11:02 am

Whenever JJ takes the mound it reminds me of when we had the Maddux toeing the rubber every 5th day. You just knew that you’d be in every game. I can’t recall a time this year that he has been out of control. As with Maddux, this man is a pitcher, not a thrower, he executes with perfection in knowing when and where to throw a pitch to get the results that he is after. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I would absolutely marvel at what Maddux was able to do, and now I have the same affection for JJ whenever he is on the mounds. Kudos my man.

E-6

May 25th, 2011
11:12 am

Old Milwaukee – you nailed it. JJ is a poor man’s Maddux – and the “poor man’s” tag may go away soon.. If only we could trade vets for young pitchers with Detroit more often.

Bill

May 25th, 2011
11:18 am

In this case the fan had a pirate shirt and hat. I hope next time he has his glove because that would have been a home-run with the catch but error (2b) with the hat.

phil

May 25th, 2011
11:22 am

The identity of the fan is irrelevant to making the call….if he had been an Osama Bin Laden fan, Prado should’ve still been sent home….it was just a terrible job by those 3 umps….even Reckingball could’ve gotten that call right…maybe!

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
11:28 am

Ok. so I looked it up to satisfy my own curiosity and Powell and Lemmer got it right. Rule 3.16:
“When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference.” They clearly did not nullify the act of interference. And Fredi should’ve gone ballistic! I wonder if the Umps understood the rule, because there is absolutely no question that Prado would’ve scored without a throw.

wjones

May 25th, 2011
11:34 am

Carroll, is Prado just getting the day off? No injuries, are there? Thanks.

bvillebaron

May 25th, 2011
11:45 am

reckingball:

You are absolutely right, great game by the Bravos last night; great pitching, defense and just enough offense. I find it amusing how there is so little chatter on these blogs today or any other days when the Braves play well, but when they lose, the critics and armchair experts light up these blogs like a Christmas tree.

Abnerish

May 25th, 2011
11:53 am

Were they able to get Shafer a helmet that fits in time for today’s game? Or are they going to continue the hazing today?

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

bvillebaron @11:45………..I agree about the chatter reduction after a Braves W, but just don’t call the cynics “haters”, as they do not like that. Or do they like it?
It seems that they are embracing the name ‘hater’, as some kind of a badge of honor. Looks like they are going to form a Haters Club soon.

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

phil will be the president.

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

the helmet fit in 2009?
What happen to one he used in AAA?

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

phil @ 11:22……………….Ray Charles could have gotten that call right last night, and not only was he blind but he’s been dead for 10 years.

Bill

May 25th, 2011
12:03 pm

reckingball slow down. We all Braves fans. Peace.

reckingball

May 25th, 2011
12:24 pm

All this is said in fun Bill. Chill.

alexander

May 25th, 2011
1:11 pm

reckingball; I hate being called a HATER, it’s so HATEFUL

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