Braves postgame quotes following Sunday’s win over LA

MARTIN PRADO

On game-winner:

“I’ve been struggling the last couple weeks and to me, this is huge. I’m not worried about me, I’m just worried about helping the team to win. Getting the hit to not get swept by the Dodgers was a pretty good feeling for me.”

On his approach:

“I’ve been thinking too much at home plate, and I lost my swing for some reason. I’ve been trying to get it back. That’s one of those at-bats, bring it up, give me some confidence. Try to keep working and get my swing back before we get to the playoffs.”

On the at-bat:

“3-1 he threw me a great pitch, slider, outside and after that I said well, this is going to be hard but I’m just going to put the ball in play, looking for a good pitch to hit, and I know he doesn’t want to walk me and get JHey (with bases loaded), so that’s what I did. I was thinking any pitch that I can drive and I did. he threw me a slider and a fastball, so I was looking in for a fastball and reacting to a slider. I didn’t see a change-up the whole at-bat and I guess I hit through the change-up, he left it down the middle and I could hit it. I don’t know. I just saw it and I hit it.”

BROOKS CONRAD

On his right ankle:

“Off the bat, fought it off, I was watching the ball instead of where I was going, just got a little ahead of myself and realized once the ball landed that I was a little bit to the right and almost already past first base, just tried to stop real quick and all the weight landed on my right foot. I was able to stay in there, we can’t burn an extra guy there after we just tied it up. It wasn’t too bad, but obviously the swelling now has gone up a little bit. It was a freak thing; I’m pretty embarrassed about it actually. You figure you get a base hit, you’re able to run down to first base and not sprain your ankle…. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. Got the air cast here and try to keep the swelling down as much as I can. I’ve got strict instructions on what to do. I’ll do my best to follow those. Everybody got a few laughs out of it and I did too. We’ll see how it feels. Should be OK, I think, but we’ll see how it goes.”

On seventh inning:

“Getting down 3-0 off a guy like Kershaw, we really had to scratch out what we could there to get back in the game. He’s an unbelievable pitcher and threw great all day long. It took all we could do to get some guys on and come up with some big hits toward the end of the game. He threw a great game and Delgado too, just the one pitch.”

On his at-bat:

“Once I got down 1-2, it was just straight battling after that. It was all I could do to the put the ball in play and get at least one run in there, a sac fly, a groundball, something to get one run in. I was lucky enough to get back to a 3-2 count. He made a pretty good pitch but I got enough of it to get it out there. A fastball.”

CHIPPER JONES

On win:

“We haven’t been swept in a three-game series all year, and it wasn’t looking good, obviously with Kershaw on the mound. But caught a break, they made a mistake on defense and Brooks Conrad capitalized and we were able to scrape one across in the ninth. It was big for us not to go onto Philly not having lost three straight, having to go in and play well against them. We know we’ve got to go in and take care of business against them, but (this was) one of the biggest wins of the year, I’ll tell you that. Wins like that are always momentum builders.”

On the Phillies series:

“We’re in a good situation as far as the standings. We should go in and play relaxed and try to win the series….We’ve beat all their big three at some point during the season. We know we can play with them. We’ve just got to concentrate on playing nine full innings because if you have a letdown against those guys they’re going to beat you.”

On Prado’s at-bat:

“When I was hitting, I thought I was in the perfect situation because I had a fast guy on first and the last thing I was looking for was a slider, it was basically fastball-changeup, but that’s one of the risks of throwing the slider, not wanting to hang it. You throw it in the dirt, it allows the guy to get to second, now all of a sudden, you’re probably not going to let me beat you but we’re in a good spot there because we’ve got Bourny and Prado coming up. Ethier made a great play on Bourn’s ball in the gap, which I thought was the game-winner but a great at-bat, probably Prado’s best at-bat in a couple weeks.”

On Miles’ throwing error:

“The ball was smoked and in that instance the second baseman was a little late because the ball was smoked and a third baseman right there, 3-1, who cares? You want to make sure you get at least one out there and have the confidence that your pitcher will get you the rest of the way out of the inning, even if you don’t turn the double play. I know the tendency is to try and hurry, that’s what he did. And that’s what speed does. He knows he has to hurry because Constanza’s running.”

RANDALL DELGADO

On outing:

“It was a pretty good game, but the one mistake. The team played awesome. They made good plays. We needed to win today.”

On change-up to Kemp:

“I was trying to get it down in the zone, but I don’t know why maybe a little up and I have to pay for that. That was the only thing I can complain about.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On coming back vs. Kershaw:

“That’s the second time we’ve done that to them, where he’s been in line to get a win and we’ve been able to battle, battle, battle and come back with three runs, scratch and claw and get that last one there. We had some good at-bats against him, but he’s stingy, he’s not getting up many runs. I thought it was good baserunning by Constanza and Wilson on the ball in the dirt to advance and get us in position for Brooksy to get a two-run single there.”

On series:

“You felt like we should have won two out of three, maybe three, and that didn’t happen, it’s a cruel game at times. You’re two games down and you’re up against it with their No. 1 and we win that game. One thing’s for sure in this game, you just never know.”

On Delgado:

“I thought he was good. If you had to be critical about anything, the pitch count got a little high, but other than that, shoot we keep throwing the kid against some pretty tough competition and he keeps holding his own.”

On thinking about walking Kemp:

“I think about it all the time. Yeah, sure, of course. It’s a situation where it’s early in the game, it’s the third inning. I know you’re going against Kershaw but you just don’t know how the young man is going to react with a bases loaded situation. Who knows if I do walk him Rivera doesn’t hit a double. Those things are always at the back of your mind. As the game goes on, you’re going “shoot,’ that’s the only three runs of the game. Nobody second-guesses themselves more than I do, even my wins. I guess my wife does.”

On Ethier’s catch:

“How about that? I’m watching Kemp, and I go ‘He’s got no chance of catching it.’ But I never saw Ethier come into the picture. TP was there a little bit. And all of a sudden, bam, he catches it. It breaks your heart. Then Prado comes in.”

46 comments Add your comment

McCmann and Aqua Hoss

September 4th, 2011
7:49 pm

man man man man…

Matt D on Kershaw:

“Give me Tom Glavine. I don’t care who it is, as long as he’s left handed”.

Heyward on spot-start:

“You know, Kershaw is only a threat to win the pitchers triple crown year in and year out. NBD. I was second in the ROY voting last year, making me first this year since Buster Poseys out.”

McCmann on Jack Wilson…and new acquisitions:

“Dude looks like a marmoset”.

Fredi Gonz:

(Deliberately smoking his cigar in my face)

“Ju know, this isn’t Miami anymore and I’ve been kinda missing it. So I called up my main man Loria and asked him to fill up the line-up card today”.

Him Tudson

September 4th, 2011
7:49 pm

Thank God for this win. With the Phils going 14 innings (and losing), the Braves should be in good shape.

Him Tudson

September 4th, 2011
7:51 pm

I’m going to claim “first” since McCmann’s post is such rubbish. No hard feelings, I hope

DHD

September 4th, 2011
7:51 pm

Good win today. If we go 11-12, the Cards have to go 20-2 to beat us.

Rowsdower

September 4th, 2011
7:56 pm

Don’t have to go to Philly looking to sweep. Just play solid baseball and remind those clowns that we can play a bit too. We’ll see them again in the playoffs. Taking 2 of 3 would be huge for our confidence, but right now is about maintaining the WC lead and bleeding the calendar.

Rowsdower

September 4th, 2011
7:58 pm

We have the Cards H2H next weekend and can pretty much salt away the WC. That will give us 2 weeks to get the rotation lined up for the Brewers.

Great win today. That was a playoff win against the likely Cy Young winner. That is the kind of pitching we’re going to see in the playoffs and it was great to see the guys battle and scratch it out. That is exactly what we will need against the Brewers and Phillies pitching.

NorCal Brave

September 4th, 2011
8:17 pm

I was willing to bet the farm we wouldn’t win today. Fortunately my sponsor, Pete Rose, told me not to.

Kimbrel rocks

September 4th, 2011
8:46 pm

we NEEDED to lose fri and sat….this team is so good but was looking a little complacent since they built to wildcard lead… you can’t just “coast” until the play-offs then expect to “turn it on” when game 1 starts….baseball is all momentum and confidence…if the braves want to win it all they have to play great baseball until it’s all over. period.

Largo

September 4th, 2011
8:52 pm

I figured we’d win the first two and lose today. So, what happens? Great comeback, guys!

jim

September 4th, 2011
9:08 pm

Freddi – “Nobody second guesses me more than I do. Maybe my wife”
Obviously Freddi does not read this blog.

Mark Duncan

September 4th, 2011
9:15 pm

Great win today for the Braves. I still bellieve that Prado is the key to this team and it was great to see him win another one. While it sucks about Hanson and JJ, I honestly don’t feel any sense of impending doom like I did last year when Chipper and Prado went down and then of course Wagner. With Moylan back the bullpen will be huge. That plus the fact there is more than adequate starting pitching here. Keep on rolling. Go Braves!

JAFO

September 4th, 2011
9:27 pm

No team ever needs to lose.

nashvillewill

September 4th, 2011
9:42 pm

This was a very important win. Cards and Phils both lost. WC is in sight if Braves can hold their own against Phils and Mets. Great to have Prado get the GWHit. And Constanza (he’s the manza). His hits and baserunning were the difference today, as Gordon’s was the previous two games. Cannot prepare for or coach speed.
Against Phils, matchups look favorable. Let’s see if Lowe has truly returned to last year’s form.
Thankfully did not have to pitch rookies today in middle relief to get win. Moylan replaces the V’s in middle and we’ll see how quickly he helps. Interesting Sept continues.

Joseph

September 4th, 2011
10:17 pm

Lee vs Lowe tomorrow night. These boys have roughed up Lee regularly. I hope it continues. Put the “hitting fool” in RF to start and let Bourn show them what they thought was trash to dump on the Astros.

It is wonderful to have the Aussie freak back. How can this bullpen get better??? IT JUST DID!!!!

pdw

September 4th, 2011
10:28 pm

Please lets continue to support this team, even if they lose two out of three to philly. I remember when we were 20 games into the season and had lost a few games, folks had given up on this team. Where are those “fans” now? This is a special team, and I for one am excited.

Mister Frisky

September 4th, 2011
10:38 pm

Matty D. and Georgie in right the rest of the way, end of that story for 2011.

Kimbrel rocks

September 4th, 2011
10:52 pm

ok so constanza should def GET SOME CREDIT he scored two runs. it’s obvious that the line-up needs him in there for spark. they just are not the same without him right now…without him this team would have been swept

BravesfaninWis

September 4th, 2011
11:15 pm

I thought they were done today. I left to go to the mother in law’s house and ended up seeing that the Braves won on Prado’s walkoff hit. Surprised that they actually pulled it out as they have looked like a team with no heart in the first 2 games of this series and the first 6 innings of the 3rd.

If they play remotely close against the Phillies like they did to the sub .500 Dodgers, they will get destroyed, and there will be no come from behind wins against that team. Not trying to be negative here, but their inconsistent play doesn’t leave me feeling good about their chances this year.

Ralph

September 4th, 2011
11:20 pm

Prado said “they didn’t want to walk him and get to J-Hey with the bases loaded” I would think they would rather face J-Hey with the bases loaded.

panamajack

September 4th, 2011
11:36 pm

Obviously not the same people on this blog that were on the blog during the game

Rowsdower

September 4th, 2011
11:45 pm

@BravesfaninWis – You’re always negative, so nothing new there. That sub .500 Dodger team has won 11 of 13. Its not like the Braves were decimated. Last night was a coin flip and today was a great comeback against arguably the best pitcher in the NL this season.

The Braves chances this year don’t hinge on the Phillies series or any remaining series during the regular season. Their chances hinge on the NLDS and I like our chances against the Brewers.

Hiawassee

September 5th, 2011
12:04 am

For Pete’s sake, everyone needs to lighten up and enjoy the ride. Every team in MLB wins at least 60 games, every team loses at least 60. It all boils down to what you do in the other 42. Methinks that Fredi understands this better than most. This team looks really good, and they have a realistic shot at overtaking the Phillies, who haven’t hit a rough patch yet.

Mister Frisky

September 5th, 2011
12:16 am

This series accomplished one thing,the end of the Jason Heyward questions.The return of Diaz and Georgie gettin his grove back puts Heyward firmly on the bench.Still pulling for the kid to be great one day but today is not that day.Time to watch a professional hitter and a hustling minor leaguer playing like this is his last shot at the show.

Lobosolo

September 5th, 2011
5:46 am

Love the way Fredi is using all of his players, ascertaining who can get it done in which situations… This guy is a really good manager, despite the grumblings of the sizable armchair-crybaby crowd on these blogs… Of course, that’s why he is a big-league manager and the don’t-know-their-behinds-from-third-base experts ARE NOT… Fredi knows the chance of being overtaken for the wild card is pretty much nil, and it’s nice to see him tinkering with the playoffs in mind….

Go back to your whining and crying, armchairs… none of us mind if you don’t watch anymore…

Ralph Garr

September 5th, 2011
6:22 am

Lobosolo,

If you indeed think that FG “is a really good manager,” it is you that doesn’t know your azz from a hole in the ground. The guy was blessed with a lot of talent walking into this position and a GM that’s done wonders for this team since the deadline.

FG has cost us a good 8-10 games this season with his stupid lineups (remember Heyward batting first or second and then the biggest guess hitter, Alex Gonzalez, batting SECOND for so long?) and dumb decisions (like the stiff, Hanson, getting the suicide squeeze with TWO strikes). The sign of a great manager is getting his team to play with energy and enthusiasm against teams they are supposed to beat and the Braves are terrible at this. Their talent–and talent alone–is why they get up for the better teams…not Fredi Gonzalez.

Now, put on some clean panties and knee high panty hose for your private life trolling at the Atlanta Airport men’s rooms, Lobosucko, and stop showing up here only after a win.

Noholdsbarred

September 5th, 2011
6:30 am

One man’s opinion is all you have . . . doesn’t mean anymore than mine!

Felix Millan (or Pat Rockett)

September 5th, 2011
7:23 am

I played with Ralph Garr and I knew Ralph Garr, and you, sir, are no Ralph Garr.
If FG has lost us 8-10 games … how many has he won?
Or does he only get blamed for the losses?

a fan

September 5th, 2011
7:35 am

ralph Garr takes one to know one.

bobbymahlon

September 5th, 2011
8:38 am

All this talk about playing thePhillies in the second round is premature because we have to defeat the Brewers and they have to beat the Arizona. Lets take it one series at a time. I do not think the Brewers will go down easily.

hal

September 5th, 2011
8:45 am

differnt pl on this blog from when every second stupid comment was ball game after one bad pitch from afar i can see why atlanta sucks as a sports town very stupid people wjho know diddly about baseball this blogs self proclaimed experts make me snort coke the liquid kind through my nose blog should be called dumb and dumber who votes for ralf gar as dumber? lol

Benny

September 5th, 2011
8:49 am

Ralph Garr: Good player with speed. “Ralph Garr” as blogger: Moron with no brains.

Dean

September 5th, 2011
8:59 am

So much optimism for winnning one out of three from LA. We had to sweep. Now the Baraves

George Washington

September 5th, 2011
8:59 am

Congratulations Braves for Sunday’s win to save 1 of 3 games. One burning question: if Kemp is going to be walked, isn’t a situation with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 3 balls, no strikes the time to walk him? FG had walked him 4 times in the series, why not then? He must have flipped a coin because there’s no other logical reason to make that decision. I believe FG has the potential to be a good manager but he has a looong way to go. C’mon Fredi please learn from your mistakes as you’re the one we have to depend on to lead these players and making inconsistent decisions will only cause everyone to question your leadership qualities.

ijudgenot

September 5th, 2011
9:23 am

On Fredi letting Delgado pitch to Kemp with 1st base open, I think Glavine’s comment about Fredi wanting to see how kid would handle it is the more plausable answer. The Braves are a lock for the WC unless everyone gets sick. Hanson and JJ are iffy so Braves need to know if these young guys Delgado and Tehran can perform under pressure. Look for Fredi to test Tehran also if situation arises.
Also, I think a lot of the blame should go to Ross for calling for a changeup when the pitch before, the kid had thrown a changeup that was a 55 footer that almost was a wild pitch. The kid held on to long and it hit the dirt before homeplate. Ross calls for another changeup so he overloosens grip and ball floats up to Kemp’s happy zone. Ross should have called for any other pitch than that.

pdw

September 5th, 2011
9:49 am

Rossy did not have a very good game, a few defensive miscues. He’s still the best backup in baseball. Good to see we can still get a win even with Freddie,chip,McCann riding the bench, even if we were shut down for six innings.

Brave New World

September 5th, 2011
10:51 am

Kershaw may be the best pitcher in the NL this year. When I checked the score and saw the Dodgers were leading 3-0, I figured we were going to lose. Quite the pleasant surprise when I saw we not only won, but also hit the “daily best case trifecta” with the Phils, Cards and Giants all losing. GO BRAVES!

Kimbrel rocks

September 5th, 2011
11:28 am

if we can win the first game against lee then we have a real shot at winning the series in philly….

hawk TN

September 5th, 2011
12:26 pm

i predict the braves will loose 2 out of 3 in the phillies series….

Choppinmama

September 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

Brooksie: “ It was a freak thing; I’m pretty embarrassed about it actually. You figure you get a base hit, you’re able to run down to first base and not sprain your ankle….

From the replay, he’s lucky he’s not wearing two aircasts today.

Choppinmama

September 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

Bravesfanin Wis – you need to rename yourself NotSoMuchABravesfaninWis. I’d love to read what you say about a team you really don’t like too much. Gee whiz! Could you TRY to be a little more positive in your overall view of our guys?

Brave New World

September 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

At this point, with 23 games to go, the Braves need to be getting ready for the playoffs. 10-12 more wins, or, in other words, about .500 baseball should more than ice things. Would it be nice to be NL East Division champs in 2011? Sure, but whether NL East champ or wild card, you still must win 2 NL playoff series to get into the World Series, so I don’t see what the whiners and naysayers are trying to say (”We have to play the Brewers first, and blah, blah, blah”); all (4) NL playoff teams are in the same boat: each must win 2 playoff series to represent the NL in the World Series. GO BRAVES!

DGW946

September 5th, 2011
1:49 pm

Was at the game – great finish, but in watching it at home afterwards to get the close-ups and replays, I saw that the finish could have been different had the Dodgers appealed by throwing to first after the “winning run” scored. Prado never touched 1st base! He headed towards 1st, of course, and got to 1st, but neither foot touched the bag, and then it was off to the “water and dirt show”.

All LA had to do was throw the ball to the 1st baseman who could tag the bag (did not have to tag Martin) and Prado would have been out and the run wouldn’t have counted. On to the 10th innning, and a HUGE letdown for the team just before leaving for Philadelphia.

Lobosolo

September 5th, 2011
2:51 pm

Whew, Ralphie, looks like you have de-perched Larry and Milsaps as the biggest, meanest, baddest, asswipe-armchair on the blogs… What a triumvirate you three have become… Folks like you, who misjudge their own baseball knowledge with every single pitch, or at bat, who can’t see a baseball season as just that – a SEASON, have my pity for not being able to enjoy the game as it should be… I’ll rest with my “that’s why Fredi’s a BIG LEAGUE MANAGER and your whiney, sunken-armchair-sittin’ behind is NOT… LOL! You even have the nerve to refer to the team as “us” and “ours”… Why don’t you and Larry and Ronald (and maybe you could get alexis to come along to pick the fleas) saunter on down to the clubhouse and deliver your impressions of “your” team and peddle your advice about how to play the game to “your” teamates… I’d pay to see that… Give it up, Numbskull… you haven’t the capacity to enjoy such a simple game…

John A

September 5th, 2011
8:42 pm

I don’t get it….I’m watching the game and the question poped into my head…IF WE AREN’T GOING TO TRY TO WIN….WHY IN GOD’S NAME DID WE TRAVEL PHILADELPHIA? SAVE THE MONEY….YOU KNOW TRAVEL, HOTEL AND MEALS.

Brew crew

September 6th, 2011
11:23 am

Don’t worry Atlanta fans…….we will knock Philly out of the playoffs…..someone has to!

Linda Lovelace

September 6th, 2011
11:24 am

We might blow a few but we don’t choke on the big ones!

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