Braves postgame quotes after Saturday’s win over Brewers

MIKE MINOR

On how much fun a night like this was:

“It was a lot of fun just because I got past the fifth inning, and helped the team out, helped the bullpen out. We’d had to use a lot of guys. And it was good for me because I was struggling early. I told Mac that it probably wasn’t going to be the greatest outing, and then it ended up being up my best outing of the year, even with spring training. I went pretty deep in the game and started feeling better as I went along.”

On telling Mac that in the early innings:

“He’d call a fastball away and I’d throw it in, or changeup away and I’d throw it down the middle. I was just getting by. I was trying to grind through it. He did a good job of keeping my head up, telling me ‘Hey, you’re pitching fine, you’re pitching great. They’re not scoring yet, so don’t give in any.’ By the third, fourth inning (command) started getting a little better.”

On if he remembers having a game like this, at Vanderbilt, or USA Baseball:

“No, not really. This has got to be the best.”

On what was working:

“Fastball in, fastball both sides of the plate, really opened up the change-up and slider away. The second or third time through the order we started doing backdoor sliders instead of front door. Just trying to mix it up so they don’t get a pattern going.”

On beating Brewers after last year:

“Yeah I was kind mad after I walked the first batter, I don’t feel that bad, like I did last time. I had to get back into it. I didn’t want to have another outing against the same team two years in a row early in the season like that.”

On if mentally in a different place now:

“Yeah because I feel like I’m in the circle of the team.”

Brian McCann

On Minor:

“He hit his spots all night long with everything he had, he continues to get better. I keep saying that every time because you don’t know where this guy’s ceiling is, so it makes it fun to catch, makes him fun to work with. You tell him one thing, he puts it into action, on the spot. People that can do that are big-time athletes and that’s what he is.”

On Minor settling down after two-runner start:

“He made a huge pitch to get a double play to get us out of the inning and from there he cruised. Basically he cruised the rest of the game.”

On Minor continuing to turn the corner:

“You don’t know where this guy’s ceiling is at, he just keeps getting better and better. It’s scary. This guy is competitive, big-time athlete, he has the will to be great.”

On the baserunning play to go first-to-third:

“It barely got through the infield, Braun was running away from his arm side, and I was going to take my chance and it worked out. I felt like I had it and I went for it.”

On Kimbrel’s comeback in the ninth:

“I think Craig had a better idea where his curveball was going tonight than his fastball. It kind of became his heater at the end. We called it. once Craig gets two strikes, the hitter’s got to choose one of them, and if he’s got both of them going, the guy doesn’t have much of a shot so…It seemed like once he got bases loaded, he beared down and made some great pitches.”

On being 4-4 again:

“It’s big. No one wants to get swept. But you know it’s a long season, you can fight back. We did that. We’re back where we need to be. We’ve just got to keep going, keep winning ballgames, playing good, get good pitching, put tough at-bats together.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor:

“Outstanding night. He gave us something that we haven’t done all year. It’s a young season, but he gave us an opportunity to go deep in the ballgame, and retired 18 in a row there. He dealt. I thought it was going to come back and haunt us, when we had a couple innings there in the sixth, we had a man on third and didn’t get the run in, then there in the eighth didn’t get the run in (from third) there either, to tack on runs against a very dangerous club.”

On if it’s as dominant as he’s seen Minor:

“Yes. I keep seeing this kid get better and better. I can’t wait now to see the next start.”

On what was working:

“He had command of his fastball, pitched inside. And threw some change-ups. He did everything. He was really in command of that baseball game tonight.”

On Minor’s progress from the Milwaukee game last year to Saturday night:

“It’s not the same guy. It really isn’t the same guy. We were talking about that earlier in the game, that the only way you would know is if you looked at the video it was the same guy. Other than that, he was terrific today, did a hell of a job commanding the strike zone with all his pitches really.”

On how much of that is confidence:

“A lot, probably. Because stuff wise it’s the same stuff, but confidence, and maybe he wasn’t quite ready yet when we made him do that start in Milwaukee. To all his credit he went back to Gwinnett and worked on it. You saw it when he came up here a few times last year for those spot starts. He pitched the whole month of September, you felt good every time he went out. It was a big step, that month of September, and it carried over into the season.”

On Minor not panicking after putting first two guys on:

“Exactly. That’s a sign of a guy that’s maturing, a guy that’s getting comfortable in the major leagues. They say you’ve got to have 30-plus starts before you can become a major league pitcher, and he’s getting close now and you’re seeing that.”

On scratching out early runs:

“We did a nice job of baserunning there with Mac, forcing the issue. Francisco did a nice job splitting the gap and scoring Heyward, and that’s pretty much all we got.”

73 comments Add your comment

sidslidkid

April 15th, 2012
12:03 am

Awesome! Thanks DOB.

sidslidkid

April 15th, 2012
12:05 am

Whoop… I mean Thanks Carol!…. shoulda know better.s

DE Braves Fan

April 15th, 2012
12:31 am

Where are all the haters? All the people saying we would lose 1000 games this season? Its it still early but the offense has come more to life and Minor looked GREAT tonight.

Brave Decisions

April 15th, 2012
12:36 am

Kat

April 15th, 2012
12:56 am

Thanks for the quotes Carroll!

Allen

April 15th, 2012
12:59 am

I love cheering for this team. Not going to get on here and say we are better than anyone. But we have a talented group of kids who can play ball. Glad we got the slow start behind us and now back on the track.

Exited for the rest of the season!! GO BRAVES!!

Braves Fan

April 15th, 2012
1:35 am

Where’s all the Francisco haters? Kid had a decent game today.

Fats

April 15th, 2012
1:37 am

This team can win without Bones Jones. No offense to Bones,but with his knees,you can not plan on him being out there to lead

Tad

April 15th, 2012
1:39 am

What a great game! Minor was fantastic. Love these articles and the players POV.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

April 15th, 2012
2:36 am

Had to see Hunger Games and Lockout with the Mrs. so, I missed the game. Glad to see the Bravos get back to .500 playing good ball and hitting in the clutch

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
3:05 am

The Braves Juggernaut keeps rolling!
Go Braves!

Lobosolo

April 15th, 2012
4:09 am

Great game, Braves-style… Gut-check for Kimbrell…. He blew that last guys doors off…. Minor looked awesome… Great DP started by Francisco… Larry, Mo, and Curly will have something bad to say, you can bet… too bad for the pseudo-armchair “fans”…

NickB

April 15th, 2012
6:06 am

I haven’t heard much from the “Heyward is a bust let’s trade him for a bag of balls” crowd much lately either…. :-)

bruce

April 15th, 2012
6:22 am

Thanks for the quotes Carroll… feels like reading an extended game story after reading your game story first. Very fun.

The Perfect Chop

April 15th, 2012
7:17 am

We need a blow out tonight, I dont think Kimbrel and Venters are going to be available again,

ncbravesfan

April 15th, 2012
7:35 am

Great job by Minor last night. Hopefully Beachy can duplicate it. Go 7 strong and if it’s close, let O’Flaherty and Medlen close the door. Go Braves! Get the sweep!

bravesgrl4life

April 15th, 2012
7:39 am

Watching the video of Kimbrell striking out Gambel to end the game, I think Craig might have a new nickname – Caveman – that’s what he looks like when he lets out that “roar” when he slays the other team.

panamajack

April 15th, 2012
8:24 am

DE Braves Fan

April 15th, 2012
12:31 am
Where are all the haters?

There are no Haters on this blog, only Doubters!

a tool

April 15th, 2012
8:30 am

NickB

April 15th, 2012
6:06 am
I haven’t heard much from the “Heyward is a bust let’s trade him for a bag of balls” crowd much lately either….

As all you kool-aid crowd always say, “its still early”

john

April 15th, 2012
8:33 am

Thank you to the AJC Braves beat writers, great job with all the coverage.

B-Mac stepping up and being the leader they need is huge. Chipper was the spark they needed to get this roll going. Nice to see Francisco contribute too. Go Braves

Ralph

April 15th, 2012
8:35 am

Braves Fan

April 15th, 2012
1:35 am
Where’s all the Francisco haters? Kid had a decent game today.

Fatscisco will be ok, he was just trying too hard his last game to make a good impression, needs more playing time to relax/

anonymous

April 15th, 2012
8:43 am

Why do people keep going on this blog just to say “thanks for the quotes” etc, Don’t DOB and Carroll get paid to do this, thats their job isn’t it. Congrats on a great job would be better!

HAL

April 15th, 2012
8:45 am

please rember after the second year french bounced back too for about a month then back in the tank heyworthless hasnt turned anything except excuses lol

Ralph

April 15th, 2012
8:45 am

Congradulations Carroll on a great job on the quotes.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
8:48 am

Hey Ralph Good morning How are you? Going to Ted for my first game I can actually see live .

Ralph

April 15th, 2012
8:53 am

Thats great Samantha, you will love it.

Ralph

April 15th, 2012
8:58 am

Samantha, take a broom with you, wear something crazy and a sign saying “Hello Fans, i’m Samantha” so they will put the camaras on you, then we will all know what you look like.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
9:02 am

Why do you want to know? I will do that but I can tell you if you want to know. Sitting along first base line where I can wink at my man Freddie.

braves blog

April 15th, 2012
9:06 am

Man, we get almost eight innings from Minor but still had to use Venters and Kimbral….I hate that!

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
9:21 am

It’s called “WINNING”.

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
9:24 am

panama@8:24…….Maybe so, but an awful lot of them sound like haters.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
9:30 am

What sdo tou want to know Ralph?

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
9:36 am

Does anyone think that this post on the Braves blog will recieve 719 comments after a Braves 4 game winning streak?
719 is the number of hits on the Braves Blog after a 4 game losing streak.
go braves!

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
9:44 am

Hey reckingingball If they werent complaining they would not be called Brave fans

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
9:49 am

Well since no one wants to talk, I will just go away and cry.

gotigers72

April 15th, 2012
9:56 am

I’m not a hater. Been a Braves fan since they moved to Atlanta in 1966. However, I did pick them to finish 4th in the division this year and I’ll stick with that. If they finish better than that, I’ll eat a whopping helping of crow. But in September, not now.

My reason for picking them so low has nothing to do with any specific players, but with their manager and GM. Fredo is NOT a ML manager. Never has been and never will be. Why do you think the Orioles fired Wren? How ’bout the moves he’s made here? Kawakami for 3 years, McLout for 3 years, Lowe for 4 years, etc. Then this year signing Livan and Durbin, both ragarms, rather than go with younger Braves such as Gearrin and Flande. Neither of those guys have given up a run in something like 18 innings between them. While the 2 ragarms Wren signed have given up runs in EACH of their appearances.

FW should have had faith in the younger Braves rather than continue to sign off the ragarm pile as he seems to do every year. Do the names Sherrill, Linebrink and Proctor bring back any memories? Good or bad memories? That’s what I thought.

My prediction of the Braves 4th place finish will change whenever Fredo is replaced, or both he and FW are replaced. Those two bufoons do not know what they are doing.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
9:59 am

1st place in a landscape Tiger.

Steve

April 15th, 2012
10:02 am

Wait! Where are the haters? Where are the people who said to fire Fredi, trade McCann, the Braves are the worst team in the NL, etc? Such morons.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Finally somebody agrees with me. 1st place by allstar break and never lose it. Go Braves

gotigers72

April 15th, 2012
10:06 am

By the way, if you’ll check it out, I do come on here and praise players when the Braves win. I don’t just trash them when they lose. I love these guys, but sometimes when they lose and play bad doing it, I tend to ignore my 24 hour rule and get on here and vent. I try and make myself wait 24 hours after a particularly galling loss before I come on here. But sometimes, I just can’t help myself.

And remember this about me picking them fourth, lots of others did so also. Even the great DOB picked them third. I’m not doing that because I’m a “hater”. I do that objectively by looking at the other teams in their division, and then trying to fit in where the Braves will finish. I sincerely hope that the Braves that played below their prior abilities last year [Prado, Heyward, even the great McCann] come back like gangbusters this year helping the Braves win the WS. But for now, my brain says 4th although my heart wants first.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:12 am

Phillies too old, Marlins too many egos, Nationals need depth in pitching and manager, Mets will fall,and injuries. Who does that leave? Braves in a landslide. Have faith Tiger. Be patient.

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
10:23 am

The Braves have won 4 in a row, and played pretty good ball doing it.
Who are the players that you have praised?
go braves

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:41 am

Heyward, Mccann. Uggla, Prado all doing well They can take that overrated SS and send him back to Toronto.

Dear CFG, START MEDLEN

April 15th, 2012
10:46 am

Tiger – Relax a little. You’re trying way too hard. Stop searching for something and rest that helpless mind. Find a lineup in the East that currently matches Atlanta? Even the Philly Kincade agrees that the Braves should present the best lineup, offensively. Which team in the East can match the bullpen and closing combination of Atlanta? Last year, no team. Why would that change this year? And as far as starting pitching, Philly still holds that advantage, but have you seen the starting pitching across the East? It might as well be fairly distributed. First or Second in the East is likely. Fourth? No chance. Perhaps you haven’t watched the Miami Circus and you’ve forgotten who the Nationals and Mets are.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:50 am

YEA FINALLY I agree. Go braves all the way to WS

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:54 am

Uggla has been doing horrible, in all seriousness.

The guy did nothing on offense and cost a run from his error last night.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:55 am

Have any of you seen a game live before? This will be my first. What can I expect different?

Weaseal

April 15th, 2012
10:55 am

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
10:57 am

OK who is posting under my name again. That is not me at 1054. If you want to play your games, I am out orf here. I have3 had enough

Kris

April 15th, 2012
11:16 am

Heyward .346/ .414/ .991. 10th in batting avg in the NL.

Fats

April 15th, 2012
11:30 am

Hope Bones Jones does not come back too quick. Needs to take all the time he needs before coming back. These guys can win until he gets back

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
11:33 am

There are a few morons that post comments under others monikers.
I call it the idiot factor.
GO BRAVES!

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
11:33 am

over and out

Tampa Gator

April 15th, 2012
11:56 am

The Braves need to sweep today. BIG early season game. A win gives this team some early MO…..after having no MO after the Mets series. Go Braves!

They had the Braves on MLBTV Saturday in Tampa….played 3 innings and then the feed was locally switched to the Marlins/Astros game. Who does that???? I just love Brighthouse Network……they are run by a bunch of idiots. Calling Verizon and Knology today!

Carroll Rogers

April 15th, 2012
12:01 pm

anonymous, not sure any other baseball writers post extensive list of quotes like we do. let me know if you find others who do, i’d be curious.

gotigers72

April 15th, 2012
12:05 pm

I will be patient Samantha. I hope that you enjoy the game today. There is nothing for a baseball fan than seeing a ML game in person. NOTHING. I plan on catching a few later in the year myself. I may boo an umpire or two, but you will NEVER, I SAY NEVER CATCH ME BOOING A BRAVE. Not at a game. Not even Fredo. I may talk bad about some of them in a blog from time to time, but never would I boo a player at the stadium. Except maybe Shane Victorino.

I have praised 1] Chipper – For when he came back and delivered right off the DL. What a player that guy has been for all of his Brave years. Saw him play a lot as a minor leaguer at AA Greenville [S.C.] They won the Southern League Championship that year he played there. Won over 100 games. Javy Lopez, Klesko and I think Pete Smith were on that team. What fun they were to watch! 2] If you will check the blogs after the 10-8 Friday night victory, you will find that I praised McCann. I stated that the torch will be passed to him soon. He will soon be the leader that Chipper has been for the past few years 3] I took up for Heyward, stating that the people that have trashed him need to remember his age. This dude is only 22. His ceiling is way up in the sky. Anyone that says he should be traded should have their head examined.

Anyway, that is just a sample of the praise that I have doled out LATELY. I will continue to dole out praise, ’cause as I’ve said, I love these guys.

ccrider

April 15th, 2012
12:09 pm

this is still a non-playoff group. i’m still not watchin’ ‘em ’til the frediot is history.

jim

April 15th, 2012
12:19 pm

Someone posted above listing all the reasons why the other teams would not win the division and why the Braves would. Not to examine all of that reasoning, but the comment about the Brave bullpen superiority struck me as particularly naive. The two pitchers at the back of the pen are the best 1-2 combo in he division, if not all baseball, but after that there are serious issues. EOF will not repeat a sub 1 ERA again, nobody does, and he has been all too hitable so far this year. (I was bitching to myself about Fredi’s decision to use him in the 7th the other night against a sequence of strong right hand hitters instead of getting a 2nd inning out of Medlen.) Medlen and EOF are OK, but after that the pen is weak. The posts about Livan and Durbin confirm the concern about bullpen depth is shared by most people on here.) The second part of that post discounts the fact that the bullpen of the Nats is actually a strength. I’ll take Venters and Kimbrell over their 8-9 inning guys, but they are not bad, and I’d take their depth over ours. (Their starters are not bad either– John Lanan could not even break into the rotation.) The Mets are better than they were supposed to be, and the Phillies are probably not as good. The Braves have a brutal interleague schedule this year. The division will be very competetive.

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

Bye everyone. Gone to the Ted. See my first ever live game. Go braves

Largo

April 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Can’t watch the game today with Beachy pitching. He focuses so much on straightening his pant leg after each pitch that I can’t keep an interest in the game. I’ll watch another game today and return to the braves next time.

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

@12:05…”Except maybe Shane Victorino.” I don’t like Victorino either, but I would probably like him, if he was on the Braves team.
Or maybe in the other league.
go braves

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

wow, was in reponse to someone not watching a Braves game, because the starting pitcher likes to keep his pants legs straightened.
go braves

jim

April 15th, 2012
1:23 pm

reckingball,
If we can tolerate players and coaches spitting tobacco, and the manager picking his nose, I think we can withstand the annoyance of a pitcher straightening his pants leg. What about players stepping out after every pitch to readjust their batting gloves?

anonymous

April 15th, 2012
1:37 pm

Carroll Rogers

April 15th, 2012
12:01 pm

Sorry Carroll, I don’t read any other sports writers, your the best

Carroll Rogers

April 15th, 2012
1:52 pm

good answer, anonymous!

David the Shepherd

April 15th, 2012
2:01 pm

Smart job of putting Fredi’s quotes after the player’s…makes for better reading and feel. You are the best Carroll, and I appreciate your works!!

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
5:53 pm

HEY guys just got back. My first game That is awesome

gotigers72

April 15th, 2012
6:37 pm

What was the best part for you Samantha?

Talk about some solid pitching now. Except for Durbin. He was a prize catch wasn’t he Frank Wren? A 24 year old [Minor] and 25 year old [Beachy] with back to back gems. Minor gave up 2 hits and 0 earned runs in 7 1/3 and Beachy gave up 3 hits and 0 earned runs in 7. Back to back gems right there. And Ol’ Hoss misses 2 games to have his knee drained then steps right up with a 3 run jack. That guy is just amazing. Bourn is finally starting to roll, and even our manager Fredo showed some cojones with a double steal call.

I still don’t understand Uggla with his yearly slow starts. He tore it up in Spring Training with 7 homers, so I thought he’d be ready to go. But he has zero homers and his BA is creeping toward the Mendoza Line. Looks like to me he’s trying to yank everything. The pitch he struck out on when runners were on 2nd and 3rd, was on the outside corner and he still tried to pull it. Last year he broke out of his slump when he started trying to go up the middle and even to right some. Hopefully he’ll start doing that again. For now Hoss and others are picking up his slack.

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
7:05 pm

Jim….”What about batters stepping out after every pitch to readjust their batting gloves?”
Or how about the pitchers stepping off the rubber, to readjust their balls?

Samantha

April 15th, 2012
7:24 pm

Hi Tiger I guess the best part I enjoyed was the crowd reaction to every time the braves did good. Beachy was super but I just dont know about Durbin. If my man Freeman dont start hitting Im not going to wink anymore.

reckingball

April 15th, 2012
7:58 pm

Friday night, Uggla had 3 hits and scored 1 run, he had a RBI double, and also hit a 2 RBI single in the 8th inning, that broke an 8 to 8 tie, and helped the Braves win the game.

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