Braves quotes after Sunday win over Rangers

***FREDI GONZALEZ

on Jurrjens

“Hot day, I think he threw over 110 pitches. By him being able to go that deep in the game, we were able to piece together the game and hold that very good baseball team to two runs. My hat’s off to him.

“There were a lot of good plays; my hat’s off to Nate in the eighth inning coming in on that ball. Big afternoon for Freddie Freeman and Heyward, and Jonny Venters, getting an inning and two-thirds out of him against a good part of the lineup.”

“The bats are swinging a little better, and hopefully you get a good feeling and go win the next series, start winning series again.”

On Freeman’s strikeout barrage before today’s three-hit game

“It’s a young hitter, learning what it takes to play in the major leagues. We’re going to see some ups and downs, but overall, on June 20 I’m real happy with his progress as a major league hitter.”

Team is 10-3 when Schafer scores

“That’s a good winning percentage. I’ll take 10-3 every time. You know, he makes stuff happens. He steals a base. He creates hitting situations for the other guys behind him, because they [opponents] have got to keep an eye on him. When pitchers are trying to keep him off the bases and not concentrating on the target, it creates a lot of distraction. He stole a big base there.

“He’s been good. He’s developing as a young player. We’ve seen a big improvement from two years ago. Here’s a guy that asks a lot of questions, works extremely hard. He wants to stay up here in the big leagues. And he’s been real good.”

On Beachy starting in place of Hanson Wednesday

“It looks like it’s going to be him on Wednesday.”

On the Freeman ground-rule double

“If that ball just kisses off the fence a little bit, we get an extra run. But that’s just the way it goes. This game will humble you, as a player, as a team. You feel a little too cocky and a way-below-.500 team comes in and sweeps you. As a player, you feel like you’ve got it figured out, then the next thing you know you’ve got seven punchouts. Whatever it is. It’ll humble you. So you’ve got to keep plugging away.”

On the errors

“In the ninth inning, on a ground ball to the third baseman, we don’t make the play and here comes Hamilton. I’m not real comfortable there.”

On Diory trying to barehand grounder in ninth, then bouncing throw; probably didn’t need to barehand it?

‘No, he didn’t have to [barehand it], but he’s trying to make plays. God bless him for that.”

On McLouth’s risky diving catch, instead of playing it into a single with runner at 2nd

“You can’t take away aggressveness from people. You’ve got to let the guys make plays. Because if not, then you’re playing scared. You don’t want that.”

***JAIR JURRJENS

On not being where he wants to be with recent performances

“I feel like my control’s not where it was my first couple of starts. I just have to keep my mindset, keep going out there and giving my chance to win.”

Long day in the heat, lot of pitches

“They were fouling pitches. They really didn’t make it easy on me. They’d get two strikes and keep shortening their swings and fouling off really tough pitches. It’s a really good lineup, and you don’t want to groove one in there and make a big inning out of it. I just kept battling, and I made my pitches when I needed to.”

Win is a win, right?

“Yeah, definitely. I’ll take it. It’s a big win for us. Now we’ve got to try to start the next series with a bang. Hopefully we can get another W tomorrow.”

Importance of not getting swept

“It’s never a good feeling to get swept by a team. Especially the way all these games have been played. We have the lead and give it up. It’s hard for us right now, we just need to keep our heads up and keep playing.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On long game, more than 3-1/2 hours for six runs

“It’s too hot to be playing that long. But getting the win was huge. J.J. came out and pitched phenomenal. Bullpen stepped up. We’ve got guys that are going out there – I can’t say enough about what Scott Linebrink’s been doing. Pitching when he’s supposed to be down, he’s giving us two innings. He’s being a leader down there in that bullpen.”

Freddie snapped out of it a bit today, Uggla got a big hit…

“We need to get everybody on the field. When we get Prado back, get Chipper back … those two bats, it’s tough to have those two guys out of the lineup. When they come up back, it’s going to make our lineup deeper.”

On Jurrjens

“He didn’t make many mistakes.”

On handling Hamilton in some big situations

“We made our pitches. When you make your pitches, it doesn’t matter who it is, good pitching beats good hitting.”

On Kimbrel’s ninth inning

“Very nice. Jonny Venters, too, coming in and doing what he continues to do, is remarkable.”

***FREDDIE FREEMAN

On snapping out of his strikeout-plagued slump

“Just a year of adjustments. In baseball you’re going to go through those little stretches. Unfortunately, mine was a strikeout stretch. But I got a couple to fall in, got a big RBI.”

On other picking up slack while Prado and Chipper are out

“We’re doing our best. We got Nate and Jason back. We’re doing the best we can right now until we get everybody back. ‘Ski and Schafer, everybody’s doing a great job. The way our pitching staff is, four runs seems to be enough these days.”

On importance of win today

“Definitely. Losing a couple to the Rangers, and the last series also [against the Mets]. Salvaging one here, to go into the Blue Jays series, is definitely a little bit bigger.”

***JONNY VENTERS

On getting by without O’Flaherty past few days

“You don’t want to rush him back, have him be sore again. Everbody – Linebrink, Proc, George – has been picking up the slack, so it hasn’t really been that rough. Those guys have been stepping into those situations and getting it done.”

On the Rangers’ lineup

“They’ve got some sticks, huh? They’ve got a good team.”

36 comments Add your comment

rc35

June 19th, 2011
6:25 pm

Thanks for the Father’s Day present, guys. Nothing like a win!

evan

June 19th, 2011
6:42 pm

2nd! Good win Braves. Keep hitting Uggla!

Jbailz

June 19th, 2011
6:42 pm

That’s a good win today boys!! The Rangers aren’t slouches. Let’s go sweep the Jays and get back on track!!!

Larry

June 19th, 2011
6:51 pm

Fredi’s hat is off once again…how exhilarating!

FormerBraveFan

June 19th, 2011
7:07 pm

2 and 4 on this home stand against two 500 teams I guess there really is no expectations for these dogs.Thank god my dad wasn’t around to watch this season it’s more painful than the cancer that killed him.

Largo

June 19th, 2011
7:23 pm

Nice win today, guys. Thanks for the Fathers day present.

NickGranite

June 19th, 2011
7:25 pm

Former Brave Fan, If DOB has a contest for most tasteless/asinine blog of the year he can stop on june 19 with yours. It’s a winner.

retired

June 19th, 2011
7:25 pm

Still tied for wild card whiners go home workin’ thru the injuries still our Braves hope they get it together and the whiners keyboards lock up dang it’s tough to read the posts. DOB thanks for the info all the time your great but some of these whinney ass posters …… dang it. ,,,,,,,more painful than the cancer that killed him. that’s a horrible thing to say not even close dang it.

ted william's head

June 19th, 2011
7:30 pm

former brave is a moron

Lobosolo

June 19th, 2011
7:31 pm

FormerBraveFan, really nice analogy there… It’s time for you to start go rooting for your new team, whichever one it may be, and get your crASSness relocated…

Way to go Bravos… keep it up…

rob

June 19th, 2011
7:39 pm

i really am tired of the “hats off” line from freddie. geez come up with something different to say lol

FormerBraveFan

June 19th, 2011
7:41 pm

Take it easy my dad was the one who made it possible for me to meet Hank Aaron forty years ago.He loved the Braves and is laughing his ass off up in heaven.You bloggers are about as fun as a colonoscopy.

Boatdoc

June 19th, 2011
8:07 pm

Comparing bloggers to colonoscopy, and comparing the Braves’ season to the cancer that killed your father… let’s just say your idea of “fun” may not match many of the rest of us.

Do I now rate a “take it easy… I was only kidding…” comment?

brave95

June 19th, 2011
8:07 pm

Where are all the Brave bashers? Looks like they crawl back under their rocks when the Bravos win.

Musabucks

June 19th, 2011
8:09 pm

@FormerBraveFan…… Unbelievable. Baseball is just a game. Sure it brings joy to the thousands and thousands who are a proud part of Braves Country, but it’s still just a game. An escape from our stressful lives. What I just read might be the sickest thing I have ever heard. “More painful then the cancer that killed him”….are you kidding me? What kind of sick mind associates something as serious as cancer with the pain of watching a team lose a couple of games?

reckingball

June 19th, 2011
8:28 pm

3 bashers have logged on, already

gcs

June 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

I like the idea of McLouth in left field instead of center. Ever since his collision with Heyward last year, he seemed tentative in the field when going after balls and additionally sometimes would not even throw the ball. This often resulted in an extra base or run for an opponent.

To play center field you have to be aggressive and take control. McLouth has lost that edge but today he showed he can still make the big catch. Left field suits him.

Now I know Prado plays left but maybe he can alternate between LF and third for the aging Chipper and occasionally sit lame-o Uggla down. He would not miss a beat.

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garynpOH

June 19th, 2011
8:34 pm

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jj

June 19th, 2011
8:42 pm

Good win today and it was needed.I hope Freddie G. start playing Diory some at SS because Gonzo seem to be pressing and I believe he could use a few days off.Also with Gonzo being a free-agent after this year I hope they take a good look at D.Hernandez and see if he might be the future at SS.GO BRAVES and welcome back my Boy,Y.Escabor,tomorrow.

Radiopat

June 19th, 2011
8:59 pm

Former braves fan you do realize the braves have the second best record in all of the national league right? Doing this with a roster of half minor league guys due to injury. Just imagine if they were ever healthy. Hats off should go to fredi for holding it all together. If they make the playoffs after this he should be the manager of the year in my mind.

Proud to be a Dad, named after my Dad

June 19th, 2011
9:04 pm

God Bless all you Dads out there I’ll never meet, it’s good to be a Dad!

Law

June 19th, 2011
9:11 pm

DOB….Did FF say who gave him the adjustments to make to his swing? Just wondering if it was Larry Parrish or not?

ArkBravesFan

June 19th, 2011
9:47 pm

To those complaining about the extensive use of the “hat’s off” phrase, I agree with you wholeheartedly. But at least today he was tipping it to his own players.

Bud from WV

June 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

Been a braves fan since the 70″s.They lost all of the time then.

bruce

June 19th, 2011
9:51 pm

got some sticks

Paul Statesboro

June 19th, 2011
10:11 pm

I was a little distracted listening to the post game audio with Fredi G, but when asked about Beachy making the start Wednesday it sounded like he said “Probably be Beachy….have to leave myself a little room in there because theres some trades that might be in the works, but probably will be him.” thats not an exact quote, but it was something like that…anyone else hear that part of the interview that can tell me I’m crazy or not? thanks, good win today, lets just keep praying that the bats regress to the mean before the pitching does.

reckingball

June 19th, 2011
10:41 pm

I didn’t hear the interview, but you could be crazy, or not be.

Who Me?

June 19th, 2011
10:53 pm

Paul in Statesboro – regress to the mean…?? been a while since i’ve seen that one in a baseball blog but nice work dude….

didn’t hear the interview either but the clock is ticking and the offense continues to lag. I like Shafe in leadoff if for no other reason than team speed, except when McCann strolls off first and just stuns the other team by taking off. Good stuff that we don’t get enough of throughout the lineup. We’re not a line drive machine team, we’re making a living off the long ball. The problem with that is sooner or later someone has to step up and start hitting for average.

The good news is Uggla is making some noise. The bad news is McCann is hot and cold, Chippers just cold, and McLouths layoff didn’t do a damn thing to help him hit. Nor did Heyward’s. So something has to be done to get some consistent wood in the lineup and we have pitching that we need to take advantage of.

A trade right now should do 2 things – number one, get the bats going top to bottom, and number 2, send a message that if you want to play you better get the bat off your shoulder and start making some noise.

FG needs to take the manager bag off his shoulder and start managing. he’s been going through the motions for one third of the season.

vermont 39

June 20th, 2011
8:29 am

How is BMac hot/cold???

Where would we be w/o him…stop whining!!!

reckingball

June 20th, 2011
10:15 am

how does a trade get the bats going from top to bottom?

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

June 20th, 2011
10:16 am

Well here we are, seventy-three games into it and fast approaching the half way mark.

And I for one am sick to my stomach, disgusted and finally fed up with Dan Uggla. His antics in the batters box have worn my patience down to a frazzle. Dude is nothing but a dead pull hitter who tries to yank every single pitch he see’s right between short stop and third base.

To illustrate why he’s batting a measly .177 in 73 games played, well here it is:

Uggla has 48 hits total, 26 have been to left field, 19 more to center field and just 3 to right. Yep, you read it right. THREE HITS to right field in 73 games. THREE and if you were wondering about those nine dingers……. seven have gone over the left field wall and two to center field. ZERO bombs to right.

Uggla has his head up his kiester, period. He’s killing our offense and somebody needs to yank the lunkhead out behind the barn and give him the what for. I’ll nominate Chipper for the task because watching a six year ML veteran as he uses just one third of the diamond to swing at is inexcusable. The boy needs an attitude adjustment lest he kills the rest of this season.

Steve

June 20th, 2011
11:08 am

I think the only way to change Uggla’s attitude is to bench him or send him down.

Abner Doubleday

June 20th, 2011
1:46 pm

I thought the objective was to win the division; yet there are some on here content with “winning” a wild card.

Bud Selig is trying add another wild card slot. Anything to get his beloved Brewers into the post-season, or give Braves’ fans hope.

Of the current starting eight only Prado and McCann would make the lineup of the 1991-1999 Braves.

buff braves

June 20th, 2011
4:02 pm

Alex Gonzalez hitting like crap; so Fredi will reward him tonite. He bats second…lol

Kevin

June 20th, 2011
5:00 pm

Buff,

I love you guys that don’t know the stats. Gonzalez hits .283 batting 2nd in the lineup….Would you rather him or Uggly bat there?

Senator Blutarski

June 20th, 2011
5:42 pm

My hat’s off to the job the blog fans are doing!

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