Braves quotes after 12-inning win over Reds

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“I don’t even know where to start, to tell you the truth. Other than, the bullpen was outstanding. One run in eight innings… To only give up one run and cover that after D-Lowe went out…. Wow.

“Glad we were on the winning end of that, with McCann swinging the bat good and Chipper coming up with the big hit. Let’s not talk about it too much – I don’t remember much of the game, to tell you the truth – and let’s come out tomorrow.”

On Chipper still being a clutch hitter

“Yes. And for me, that whole inning [was set up] by Linebrink getting a double play from a guy, Stubbs, who has been wearing us out. He got a big double player there. And with Schafer walking and Prado walking right behind him, it kind of put them behind the 8-ball, and now they’ve got to face Chipper and McCann, instead of one or the other.”

“There was a lot of good stuff going on tonight. Gonzo playing solid defense. Prado threw a guy out at second base. Freeman’s home run. Schafer with the catch at the wall. It was good. Good, good, effort.”

On Linebrink back-to-back two-inning scoreless appearances and pitching well lately

“He sure is. He’s a pro. I know early on we used him, then we kind of shied away a little bit and used him in certain situations. But he has not complained one bit, and now all of a sudden he’s given us four innings in two nights, and it’s big. It’s big for that bullpen.”

On Venters, looked like he got that last strikeout on fumes and talent

“That was it. That was the last pitch that he had, I think. I think those two guys, we’re going to give off tomorrow, Jonny and Linebrink. Hopefully J.J. gives us a helluva outing and we don’t have to go to anybody else.”

On the win

“We get a five-run lead and then we can’t hold that lead. Next thing you know, they go up one. And we come back and tie the game with McCann. They never give up. It’s a good trait to have as a baseball team.”

On bullpen being fatigued

“We may make a move [before Sunday’s game] just to shore up the bullpen. We’ll run Minor out there in the bullpen; he was there today, I don’t know if you guys saw him. We ran him out there and he was coming in after Sherrill [if needed]. Tomorrow we’ll hold him off on his side work and put him out there in case something like this happens again.”

If Schafer keeps playing like he has, tough call on McLouth in center when he gets back?

“Those are good problems to have.”

On O’Flaherty not being used tonight

“He’s got a little back soreness, not even spasms. So we’re going to maybe lay off him tomorrow, too. We’ll see how he feels. He felt a lot better today, so….”

***CHIPPER JONES

“It’s always good to come through in the last at-bat. It’s been frustrating because I’ve been so close the last few games, swinging the bat a lot better and coming within milli-inches of hitting a couple of balls out.

“But the two guys at the top set the table there in the last inning, putting good at-bats together. And one finally fell in, so it was nice to see on what was just a frustrating night after we jumped out to the big lead, give it up, fall behind, then get back tied. I thought we deserved to win tonight.”

On still hitting well over .400 with runners in scoring position, something particularly important to you at this point in career?

“Yeah. I mean, your overall average is important, but obviously run production is the name of the game. It doesn’t matter what you’re hitting, if you’re hitting .400 with runners in scoring position. You just hope to get those opportunities, and if it means you bear down in those situations, then put your best swings and your best at-bats together, then it means you’re doing it right.”

On Schafer’s work since recalled

“I told him last night, he’s doing his job. He’s going out there and getting on base, being selective, drawing walks, he’s bunting, getting a couple to fall here and there. He’s played great defense in center; he made a play that saved the game late. So he’s doing everything he has to do to make an impression and hopefully be here for a while.”

On trying to make McCann think he (Chipper) might bunt, before at-bat

“I would have never bunted, I just wanted to make Mac think about it by asking who was hitting behind him. He told me the pitcher, so I was like, OK.” [Facial expression which said, well, nevermind the joke.]

On scoring five runs in first three innings

“Yeah, the guys came out ready to play. We jumped on Arroyo quickly. It was like we were playing the seventh, eighth and ninth innings; those are usually the only time we can score runs. But it was nice to jump out to a big lead, even though we didn’t have it for very long.” [Smiles.]

On Linebrink’s recent showing

“A lot of people were on him early because he was struggling. But I’ll take that guy in my foxhole any day. He battles. He goes out there and, no matter how much he’s struggled, he stays upbeat and goes out there and gives you everything he’s got. Two scoreless innings tonight won us the game. You’ve got to keep putting up zeroes, and that’s not an easy lineup to put zeroes up against.”

On all the extra-innings games

“They stink. I can take about one every two or three weeks, but not three a week.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On team’s resilience tonight

“Our bullpen – I can’t say enough about Jonnny Venters, what he’s meant to this team. It’s amazing. I mean, what he’s been able to do. He’s special.”

On Chipper still hitting over .400 with runners in scoring position

“He’s clutch. He’s got such a good idea what he wants to do at the plate. He’s one of the last guys I’d want to face with the game on the line.”

On Schafer

“Schafer had a huge catch that saved the game. He went and got it. He laid down a bunt to drive in a run. We did a lot of things right tonight.”

On reaction to Chipper’s brief practical joke in 12th inning

“He asked me who was hitting behind me. I said, does it matter? You need to go out and end this – now. You want him up in that situation.”

***JONNY VENTERS

On another two-inning appearance, looked gassed at end

“I felt really good. I probably tried to throw harder than I should have, left some pitches over the plate.”

You probably didn’t know you were going to be in there that long?

“No, I kind of figured, with the extra innings.”

But didn’t expect to throw that many pitches?

“Yeah, that’s what kind of got me, that second inning I threw a bunch of pitches. But it’s alright.”

On Linebrink

“I guess he went to the stretch full-time; he was throwing out of the windup. He feels a lot better. He’s been great. We need him to keep pitching like that.”

*** SCOTT LINEBRINK

On importance of the win

“Especially considering the starter got knocked out early. To come back and get eight, nine innings out of the bullpen, that’s big to win that game.”

On his back-to-back two-inning appearance last two nights

“Yeah, I don’t know if I’ve done that. I think I might have done that once, certainly not in the last five years. I felt good to be out there and part of the action. Certainly everybody’s thrown a lot, so hat’s off to everybody down there. Jonny Venters throwing a couple of innings, too. And Cristhian really bailed us out.”

***DEREK LOWE

On his performance

“That was terrible. That’s it. That was bad.”

“I talk about non-competitive pitches; that was non-competitive pitching. It was frustrating. It got to the point where you were just trying to throw strikes, and that’s never a good sign. I mean, I was terrible. But the bigger picture was, we found a way to win the game.”

“Sometimes you just have to say you were terrible, and move on. I got to watch video for three hours of last year, the good games and the bad games [that he pitched]. I think I figured it out.”

Ten walks in the past two games

“Oh, awful. I’m definitely doing something mechanically that I hope with the last couple of hours [watching video] I was able to put my finger on it. You can’t act like 10 walks isn’t a big issue, because it is. You really have to try to figure it out. I think this extra day [between starts] hopefully willl help. You have to put in the extra effort and don’t act like it was just a couple of bad days. Because getting hit is one thing, but walks is a completely different, other issue.”

44 comments Add your comment

neverbeenfirst

May 29th, 2011
12:58 am

BF

May 29th, 2011
1:04 am

Huge win! Go Braves

NorCal Brave

May 29th, 2011
1:22 am

Keeps looking like Braves get close to putting it all together; they’re certainly capable. What a huge lift it would be if Uggla could get untracked.

Chris from the Rock

May 29th, 2011
1:22 am

Linebrink’s been solid the last two weeks. When he’s effective, this bullpen is 6-deep. I’ve been a believer in Sherrill since day one.

Kevin

May 29th, 2011
1:32 am

Schafer is the real deal. His speed, defense and OBP speak for itself so far. Let’s hope another team is in need of a CF at the trade deadline and we can get rid of McL”OUT”h. By moving Prado to the 2nd hole too we’re much better since he’s an RBI machine.

Josh.0

May 29th, 2011
1:34 am

I love how Chipper said “…hopefully be here for a while.” when asked about Schafer.

Believer

May 29th, 2011
1:50 am

It’s nice finally having a true lead-off hitter. Hopefully McOut is losing his job in CF.

Johnny Beach

May 29th, 2011
2:01 am

Bones Jones is one of the leaders and must be from now on.

Mitchell

May 29th, 2011
2:05 am

I’ve decided I love it when Derek Lowe pitches because his wife sits right behind home plate and you see her every time a player comes to bat on the jumbo scoreboard.

And she is hot.

I guess that makes me a sleaze ball or just kind of a loser.

I’ll take either.

farmer

May 29th, 2011
2:06 am

Schafer looks like a different player, a lot more focused and disciplined.. Mclouth might not have a job when he gets back. I say bring back Gearrin tomorrow.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
2:25 am

I think that Uggla is on the verge of breaking out of his slump.
I hope that Shafer can remain on his present course, he’s looking pretty good in the lead-off spot.

Frank's Wren

May 29th, 2011
3:04 am

Uggla has got to be the most unlucky guy in baseball. He hits the ball hard, to the deepest part of the park, and all he has to show for it are several loud outs. The fact that he’s not striking out every at-bat is definitely promising. Once his hits starts finding some holes, he’ll go on a tear.

Coach ( 2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

May 29th, 2011
4:24 am

A win is a win but these extra games are killing our bullpen. As are the injuries contributing to an already inconsistent offense. That said, Schafer has already made a difference at the top of the order, and Fredi will have an incredibly important decision to make when McLouth returns. Hopefully Fredi knows to keep Schafer around.

And Chipper still getting it done at the ripe old age of 39, way to go old man!

Ralph

May 29th, 2011
6:13 am

Fredi will have another important decision to make when J Hurts returns, will he put Heavy back on the bench or does he bench JH, we all know their pride and joy is going to play no matter what it does to the team.

89Dawg

May 29th, 2011
7:25 am

What channel was the game on last night? Couldn’t find it anywhere!!

old dawg fan

May 29th, 2011
7:35 am

It was a great win!!! Terrible pitching by Lowe but the rest of the pictures-WOW!!! Excellent defense and hitting-McCann-Freeman etc.!!
Why didn’t someone ask what they thought about Uggla’s great batting during the game?? 0 for 6 I believe.
I would imagine Uggla now is under .175-Why is he still playing-there are as good or better defensive 2nd basemen and who can at “least” hit .250 and make a positive impact on the offense.
Take the monetary loss and trade him now!!!!!!

JacketFan

May 29th, 2011
7:43 am

89Dawg – lol. It was on the main Fox affiliate. It took me a minute to find it too. I’m like, “what? not on PeachTV?” Nice we win on the night of a national broadcast.

OleBraveFan

May 29th, 2011
8:02 am

How long is Uggla going to be a non contributor. Dan, if what you are doing is not working, take some time off and work on it. You are killing the team when we need you. You look clueless at bat. Our new hitting coach is working wonders however….

Fan since 1977

May 29th, 2011
8:34 am

Can anybody put a finger on exactly what it is Uggla is doing wrong? Is it mechanics? Pressing too hard? I mean he is where RISP go to die this year! Is he in the 5 or 6 hole just because Fredi doesn’t like 3 or 4 lefties hitting in a row? Because frankly I’d drop him to the 8th spot right now and take the pressure off him. He’s not producing hitting ahead of Freeman, so what difference would having the pitcher hit behind him really make? Shoot, he might see more breaking balls and finally start hitting those.

LAG

May 29th, 2011
8:45 am

I wonder if White Sox fans are as adamant about getting rid of Adam Dunn as some people are here about getting rid of Dan Uggla… they’ve underperformed similarly.

hdhd

May 29th, 2011
9:17 am

Can Schafer play second?

alex

May 29th, 2011
10:03 am

Braves fan dream, FW realizes that he has a long lost identical twin who is also a gm of a mlb team and is as STUPID as he is ;he is able to package lowe and uggla,trade them to his long lost brother’s team in exchange for some decent players. HMMM, but lowes got a “hot” wife and uggla is ready to break out-sounds like FW is blogging to keep these guys around.

Good job linebrink and schaefer
1 late innings victory does nothing to solve this teams troubles, must savor this after fridays garbage

If lowe and hanson start having trouble……

Runner-

May 29th, 2011
10:04 am

Love the reaction by Lowe, you’ll come around sooner or later bud, keep on at it

Goodoleboy58

May 29th, 2011
10:10 am

DOB,

Listening on the radio yesterday, the guys stated that this was Chipper’s 12th walk off hit. Sounds like a low number for such a huge part of our lineup for so many years. Can you possible dig up the stats on how many chances he’s had for a walkoff; and who the alltime Atlanta Braves leaders are in that category? I’ll hang up and listen!

Brava

May 29th, 2011
10:11 am

Why don’t you “fans” lay off of Uggla? The past two games he’s hit the ball hard. It just seems to always find a player. At least he’s not striking out every at bat like he was. Looks like maybe he’s about to come out of his slump.

Brava

May 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Oh, and Jordan Schafer is making the Braves fun to watch again. I hope Wren is trying to work out a trade with McLouth in the package soon.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
10:43 am

Uggla has moved up closer on the plate in the last two games, he is letting most of those outside junk pitches go by(no matter how bad he looks like he wants to swing at some of them). He is working the count better, he has not struck out the last two games, and he has made some pretty good contact, on some of the pitches he has swung on.
He is about to break out.

Steve

May 29th, 2011
10:51 am

Would love to see the Braves trade McLouth and keep Schafer. He has energized the top of the order. However, Fumbling Frank will probably send Schafer back down and keep McClouth. Does anyone know how much McClouth makes? That will impact his trade value.

Choppinmama

May 29th, 2011
11:18 am

Loved it when checking on the game yesterday @ 5-0, got a bit upset when it showed 6-5, perked up a little @ 6-6, was overjoyed and thrilled when hubby called and said we pulled it out in the 12th!!

Ho-hum. Another extra innings in the W column. Gotta tip the cap to BMac and the big stick, but caps are off in salute to the bullpen.

Also, Jordan can stay in the leadoff spot and roaming the outfield for the rest of season IMO.

Josh.0

May 29th, 2011
11:20 am

At least Lowe didn’t even try to make any excuses. Glad he said what he did. Also, as annoyed as I have been with Uggla thus far, I think he is slowly starting to turn it around. Much fewer strikeouts lately and hitting the ball fairly well. One more step in the right direction and he’s the Uggla we were all expecting. Hopefully his defense won’t decline when he starts hitting!

Kevin

May 29th, 2011
11:38 am

McLouth makes I believe $10 million this year and then he has a club option for next year. So he would be a free agent whether he stays in Atlanta or goes to another club this year. There will be a team out there in need of a CF or even moving him to LF or RF. The question though is will Wren actually trade him or not.

danny

May 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Jonny Venters, in my opinion, is the best relief pitcher in the game right now. He is unbelievable. Opponents dont even look close. He gave up 4 hits last night in two innings and no runs, and that has to be the worst appearance of the year for him. A 97 mph splitter!!!! We should all appreciate watching this kid because you may never see anything like this for a long time.

Eddie in bam

May 29th, 2011
11:49 am

Uggla is trying to pull every pitch. His arms are too short to pull outside pitches. Any good hitting coach would have him try hitting to rf on outside pitches

Brave New World

May 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

When Uggla starts to hit – and that will happen – The Braves will roll big time.

Largo

May 29th, 2011
12:21 pm

McLouth makes 7M this year.

Largo

May 29th, 2011
12:25 pm

Venters is on the road to Tommy John surgery if Fredi G doesn’t back off using him so much.

carlchamblee

May 29th, 2011
1:18 pm

The difference defensively between Schafer and Mclouth is huge. More range, more speed, better arm (actually has one), and more hustle. So nice seeing someone actually charge a base hit and come up throwing like they are supposed to, and not loafing after balls in the gap.

No other team is gonna eat Nate’s 7 mil salary for a 230 hitter with limited defensive skills. The fact that a minor league callup with his own baggage can come in and outplay him is telling.

Mclouth will be an expensive bench player when he comes back and can contribute in that fashion. He actually can do some things like come in the game late and lay down a bunt, work a walk, run the bases, etc. Then when the season ends we can finally kiss goodbye the fail that was Mclouth acquisition

Ralph

May 29th, 2011
1:26 pm

Tradeing McOut would be a good option but who in the hell would want him. Betcha Wren or Fredi puts him back in the lineup.

rc35

May 29th, 2011
2:51 pm

I’m honestly hoping for Uggla to turn it around, but I have never seen a player with so little production find so many defenders. It’s not a matter of “What have you done for us lately?” It’s “What have you EVER done in a Braves’ uniform?” If McLouth found a cure for diabetes, brokered a lasting Middle East peace, and raised his average to .300, I think some of you would rather dump him and keep Uggla as the Designated Out.

Formerbravefan

May 29th, 2011
3:23 pm

Braves need addition by subtraction.Uggla,Larry,McClouth and Hayward adios for an old jock and a catchers mask .

Jack Lill

May 29th, 2011
3:33 pm

I thought Cox was still in the dugout all the goffy things that went on last night

alex

May 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

uggla:2 months later and 0for 5 Again, but,if’s and buts,candies and nuts,yadda, yadda. That’s allright I’m sure you’re boss would accept a performance like uggla and fork over 9 mill-NOT. Could it be previous homeruns are now long fly outs, Hmmmm,wonder why…… Why lay of ugla, you need to watch the baseball games, NO hits, lazy fielding, HE HAS RIPPED US ALL OFF,

Believer

May 29th, 2011
4:25 pm

Formerbravefan, you are truly an idiot.

Chuck M.

May 31st, 2011
9:27 am

I feel like Uggla will come around,not to sound like Bobby Cox ,He is hitting the ball real hard,just at somebody!

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