On winning on Bobby Cox Day
“We were able to manufacture some runs, and we hit the ball out of the ballpark with runners on base. Gave Mike a nice cushion and we held on. Those kids coming out of the bullpen pitched pretty good, Vizcaino and Varvaro. And I tell you what. These games you lose stuff [things gets overshadowed], Chipper gets his 1,000th extra-base hit and Danny extends his streak. A lot of good stuff today, one of my best games ever, watching and everything, from the luncheon on. Good ending to a good day.”
On doing it with speed and power tonight
“That’s where we want to get to, that kind of combination. We talk about the speed, but you need those guys in the middle of the lineup to scare some people. The last couple of games, we’re doing that. Hopefully that continues.”
On Uggla extending streak to Atlanta Braves-record 32 games
“Good for him. We sure need him to be doing that for a long time in the middle of the lineup.”
On Minor, running into trouble in sixth inning two starts in a row
“You see the breaking balls coming along, the command of the fastball coming along. I think the other stuff, the sixth-inning stuff, I think that comes with just getting comfortable at the major league level. We saw Beachy go through that early in the year…. That’ll come with maturity.”
On Chipper, did you still think he had that kind of pop?
“Oh, yeah. He’s dangerous. He’s dangerous when he’s healthy. We gave him a day off the last game in Miami, and then with the off day [Thursday], he felt great, I’m sure.”
On Vizcaino’s second outing
“He looked great. And I think the second time around his breaking ball got a lot better. It was a good game to get Vizcaino in there, get his feet wet, especially at home, and get him comfortable a little bit.”
On Zambrano getting tossed after throwing inside to Chipper
“Boys being boys, I guess. The umpires did a great job handling it.”
On extending hitting streak to Atlanta Braves-record 32 games
“Like I said, it’s not one of the things I set a goal to do when I came over here, but it’s really cool. This is a prestigious organization. People just going about their business the right way from top to bottom, so it’s a special thing.”
“Definitely a lot more fun when you get it out of the way early, especially with a homer. You put your team on top and see if you can get some things going.”
On five homers to go with the team’s new speed
“That’s why we got Constanza and Bourn in the lineup. They’re getting on base, making things happen, and hitting homers as well. But we’ve still go our boppers, Freeman and Chipper, ‘Ski off the bench, Mac coming back. Prado. You go up and down the lineup. We’ve been saying all year, it was a matter of time before this offense started clicking.”
On the long home run
“I hit that ball good. Real good. Starting to get my legs back a little bit.”
Feeling a little better physically?
“Starting to get there. More important tonight, the mechanics are starting to iron themselves out. It wasn’t just me. There were a lot of guys feeling good tonight. It was a playoff-type atmosphere. I think everybody was kind of jacked up. We knew we were having a packed house; the Cubs have a good following. And honoring Bobby all day, it was very … we played accordingly.
“I hope he goes home happy. It’s a perfect topper to an awesome day.”
“Bobby and I had probably the longest ride of any of the players. Still trying to make him proud any way I can. I know he was sticking around watching the game, hoping for a Braves win. The guys just went out and stayed on their gameplans and executed all night.”
On Zambrano getting ejected for throwing at him
“He threw me a split first pitch down for a strike, then he threw me two cutters [inside]. If they were straight balls I would have said, yeah [he’s trying to hit Jones], but I don’t know. You could tell the tension was mounting with him out there. We had some good swings on him tonight. But we’re playing for something. It’d be foolish of me to do something stupid and get hurt, or get someone else hurt, get suspended or whatnot. We’ll take our ‘W’ and win with class, and come out tomorrow.”
“Carlos, he’s an intense guy. He’s a really good competitor. A guy you like to have in your corner every fifth day because of his intensity. Sometimes it works against him.”
On Uggla’s streak after poor first half
“You knew at some point, somebody was going to pay. I mean, the guy’s just too good a player. That’s why we got him, that’s why we signed him to the big contract. He’s just so relaxed now. He put the numbers aside that he was going to put up, and he just went out and tried to be one-ninth of the equation and just go out and try to help us win ballgames, and low and behold, look what happens.
“He’s doing something special, and we’re all hanging on each and every at-bat hoping he gets it out of the way early. He’s gotten it out of the way early the last couple of games, which has allowed us to kind of concentrate on something else other than his hitting streak…. I’m ecstatic for him. Couldn’t be happening to a better guy.”
On Ernie Johnson Sr.’s death Friday night
“It’s sad. On probably one of the most celebrated days, EJ passing is a downer. When you think about listening to the Braves on radio and TV back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, EJ was the guy. Always had a kind word to say, always had a smile on his face, always a very uplifting kind of personality. Very sorry for their family. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.”
“The offense and defense really worked for me. Gave me a good lead, and it’s a lot easier to pitch with a lead like that than in a close game. Everybody did their job. Chipper’s over there getting hard shots at him, knocking them down and throwing to first to get guys out.
“Uggla keeping his streak alive right away, that kind of just puts the whole team at ease because we want him to do well and keep it going.”
On watching Uggla, something special?
“Yeah, it’s great. Especially with the start he had. Then all of a sudden he’s just locked in. Going from .173 or whatever it was, to the high .220s now, and he’s not just getting one hit or beating out groundballs. It’s a home run here, a double there, and he’s not just giving up after the first hit. He’s still trying to get some runs for the team, it’s not all about himself.”