Note: All of the interviews below were conducted prior to the Braves’ announcement that Jair Jurrjens was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, which was made about 45 minutes after the game at 10:45 p.m. PT (1:45 a.m. ET), after reporters left the clubhouse and returned to the pressbox.
“I tell you what, I’ve never seen … yeah, there were some balls hit hard, but there were some balls that you couldn’t have thrown them [to a spot in the field] any better. I think JJ was a victim of some of that. Not all of it, but some of it. Some of the balls were over the plate again, but it was just one of those days for him. I thought Livan did a terrific job there, picking up some innings and not using the bullpen. And again he gets victimized by ball down the line that’s, I don’t know, may a couple of inches fair, by Uribe and the bases loaded.
“Overall I think the good thing was we didn’t get into our bullpen.”
Had some opportunities, bases loaded strikeout in first, lined out a couple of times…
“That’s the way it goes sometimes. We hit some balls hard at people. I’m not discrediting the Dodgers, I mean they swung the bats and put the ball in play with two strikes and capitalized. We fell behind the eight-ball early and just couldn’t get it going.”
Tough situation with Jurrjens mentally, not to have any success and keep trying to get through this?
“Well, he’s a tough kid. And the good thing about it, he’s had some success in the past. Hopefully that will turn around.”
First inning loaded bases against Capuano but didn’t score…
“We got him in some jams and I thought we did a helluva job early cranking up his pitch count. I think he had 50 in the third inning, but he settled in and again, we had some people on base and couldn’t get the base hit to get the line moving. And he settled in and gave those guys seven strong innings.”
Do you think Jurrjens may be hiding an injury
“God I hope not. I think he’s fine. Our medical people talk to him all the time and he’s fine, and you see him do his work after his starts and he’s fine.”
You think it’s more about location than velocity?
“Yeah. Balls are over the plate. Fastball and breaking pitches are pretty close to the same speed. That’s something we can work on.”
When Hudson comes back, could you skip Jurrjens’ turn or do something like that?
“He comes back in, what, six days, something like that? There’s a lot of stuff that we could do from here. We just talked; the game was over 15 minutes ago. We’re not going to make any crazy decisions right now.”
“He pitched out of some tough situations. He made his pitches. I thought we had some good at-bats off him. We hit some balls hard. We had some deep fly balls. I feel like guys were right on him. We had some good at-bats and some baserunners on, and we didn’t take advantage of that. Sometimes that’s just a credit to him. He doesn’t give in and he uses what he has. I don’t know if he has our number, but he definitely bears down in big situations and got the job done tonight.”
On Jurrjens and what we wrong
“I don’t know. I felt like they got on the dish today and just challenged us to go in. Everything we threw away was getting hit. We didn’t even have a chance to get to some of his off-speed stuff just because every time he threw something away it just got hit. Then when we did go in we broke some bats, but it was a bleeder here and a bleeder there.
“I feel like we’ve been getting the short end of that stick lately, like there’s been a lot of balls falling just out of the reach of our middle infielders, some bleeders. You combine that with some really good hitters in the middle of the lineup, and that’s a tough day. If some balls are going to fall for them, it’s going to be a tough day.”
On Jurrjens’ ongoing struggles
“I think he had better stuff today. Honestly, you know I don’t look at the radar gun or anything like that, but I felt like he made some pitches and got beat today. I felt like he made some pitches in to Ethier. We kept Matt Kemp at bay for how hot he is. Mark Ellis, we kept him at bay. Dee Gordon got on. I felt like we kept him at check a little bit. [But] the bottom of their lineup really stepped up today and did a good job. They weren’t trying to pull JJ. They hit him the other way. It seemed like a ton of balls got hit to right today by right-handed hitters, so that’s a good approach.
“I was just telling him, I thought he made some good pitches and got bad results. I thought they had a good approach, but he was making some pitches that he got beat on.”
On some balls hit hard, others falling in that weren’t hit hard…
“That’s what happens when you on in a funk. They had some hits that were bloopers. I know which ones I made mistakes and which ones I made good pitches and they still got a hit on.”
“Keep fighting. Keep fighting and try to keep working and get out of this funk I’m in.”
Ross said you made some good pitches and got beat on them anyway
“It’s hard to say what’s going on. I felt good, ball’s coming out good. Everything’s sinking. Just right now I’m going through a bad stretch. I’m going to keep fighting and bounce back.”
“Starting pitchers do a lot of work between starts. I’m doing everything off the field trying to get ready. I’m not seeing results. It’s frustrating. There’s a lot of season left. I’m just going to keep my head up and keep fighting.”
Tough to stay positive when not having any success?
“I think everybody goes through a bad stretch. I think mine is right now. I’ll just keep watching tape, keep working and try to get out of this funk.”
Physically you feel good?
“I feel fine.”
Knee’s 100 percent?
“[Things are] just not clicking. I don’t know what to say about that.”
Would you want them to maybe skip a start with Huddy coming off the DL?
“No, I’m not a quitter. I’m just going to keep going out there and try to do my best. That’s the only thing I can do right now. I try to keep my team in the game. It’s just for now, I’m not the same guy I used to be. Just going to keep fighting.”