Braves postgame quotes after Saturday’s loss to Pirates

JASON HEYWARD

On not getting the big hit:

“We battled. That’s all we can do is battle, put ourselves in situations to try to win a big game and get a big hit. it’s not going to happen all the time.”

On Bedard:

“For tonight as a whole and even last night, they made pitches and didn’t miss too many spots. When they threw a strike it was where they wanted it or off the plate. They didn’t miss too many times over the plate. He did well tonight.”

On Delgado:

“Up here as a pitcher, you’ve got to throw offspeed for strikes more often than your fastball sometimes to get ahead and from what I’ve seen playing with Randall, his best pitch is his fastball. When he’s not able to go up there and say ‘let me get this over,’ and then let’s go to offspeed.’ It’s going to take some adjustments. We see him working. He battled. It was only 4-2. He and Rossy worked well to keep us in the game close. We just couldn’t catch up tonight.”

RANDALL DELGADO

On what he struggled with:

“Fastball command and my change-up too. I think that was affecting me a little bit today. I think I have to start working with what I got. I was trying to keep the ball down but it was a little bit off the plate. I was trying to get ahead with strikes and I was leaving the ball a little bit up.”

TYLER PASTORNICKY

On Delgado:

“I don’t know if he had all of his stuff, but he battled for us. They got some big hits and situations that were big for him. He’s got good stuff. Can’t always go your way all the time.”

On 11-pitch at-bat:

“I think it might be my longest at-bat ever. I was trying to think if I’ve had a longer one. I felt like I was in the box for 10 minutes. All fastballs. He saw Chipper on the on deck circle so I think he was trying to get me out. He didn’t really want to face Chipper. I was lucky enough to get a pitch I could handle.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Delgado:

“We’re trying to keep running him back out there, keep trying to get him through some stuff and he just couldn’t get it going today, couldn’t get his breaking pitches over. I thought the third inning he did a nice job getting through that inning, but it just didn’t happen. I thought Livan and Martinez did a terrific job keeping those guys right there. Our offense just didn’t do it today. They’ve been doing it for the last three weeks. We had some opportunities in multiple innings but just couldn’t get the big hit.”

On the learning curve for Delgado:

“There’s something to keep working towards with him, and I think Roger picked up some stuff. A couple days from now they’ll be in the bullpen and make some adjustments and he’s a quick learner and wants to learn. He wants to pitch in the big leagues and he’ll be fine.”

On if he’s trying to be too fine:

“Probably. At times young pitchers have a tendency to run away from the bat a little bit and get himself in some trouble. The little I know him from last year and all this year, he’s going to be OK. he’s going to use these last two outings as an experience and a builder and keep going forward.”

On optioning Gearrin:

“Gearrin has been pitching lights out in Triple-A. So go back down keeping pitching that way and if we need him again, it’ll be an easy decision.”

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Alex

April 28th, 2012
11:48 pm

Was a loss, but our guys battled.. a lot of 8,9,11 pitch ABs. Freeman had (2) 9-pitch ABs (strikeouts tho)

Clayton

April 28th, 2012
11:48 pm

Tough loss. Get back at em tomorrow with Huddy

Aislynne

April 28th, 2012
11:53 pm

Tough loss. Can’t wait to get Huddy back out there tomorrow!
Tim Hudson > whoever the pirate pitcher is tomorrow

Jwood

April 29th, 2012
12:08 am

The batters are probably pressing too much with Delgado up. But our 1-4 pitchers look to be solid with Huddy back.

StevoDeg

April 29th, 2012
12:27 am

Aw man! Here we go again! only 2 runs? (ALL OF THIS DRIPPING WITH SARCASM). Tough break tonight. Didn’t get to watch it, but Bedard has been good ever since he’s come into the league. We’ll get ‘em tomorrow. Hope Huddy’s return is awesome!

gotigers72

April 29th, 2012
1:09 am

How much longer before Delgado joins Jair? His ERA is 6 and a half now and except for one game, he just hasn’t had it. Just sayin’

EOF'ed Up

April 29th, 2012
2:06 am

Heyward is flashing the speed this season! I like it, he’s starting to live up to the 5-tool talent that he was supposed to be all along. I think he was working himself into a little mini-slump the past couple days but he broke out of it tonight with that double and then stole 3rd base. Hope he puts it behind him and doesn’t damage his confidence, he’s doing great this year. When he’s healthy he is lights out, even almost threw out a runner at home with his cannon tonight if only Ross could’ve caught the ball..

Speaking of Ross, tonight he looked more angry than I’ve ever seen him, wonder whats up with him? Screaming F-Bombs after getting outs and just acting out in general.. he needs to calm down its just a game.

EOF'ed Up

April 29th, 2012
2:09 am

Delgado needs to take a break in triple-A and clear his head for a while. He looked terrible tonight. Its pretty bad when the Pirates beat up on you like that, what’s he going to do against good teams that can his consistantly? I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E with that one.

Medlen should get a shot to start a game and just test him out and see what happens, he’s been great so far in the little time he’s pitched.

Joe for 3

April 29th, 2012
2:48 am

Delgado is 22 years old, and was not expected to be in this rotation for more than a few starts to start the year.

Unfortunately, Jair has been horrible, and RD is getting a few extra starts. He is your temporary #5 starter. Temper your expectations.

J-Man

April 29th, 2012
2:50 am

I think Teheran should have a chance to start for the Big club

Joe for 3

April 29th, 2012
2:55 am

shorty58

April 29th, 2012
5:39 am

Were my eyes deceiving me or did that ball go out of the park in the bottom of the 9th ..the pirates player never showed anybody the ball..kept his glove closed…just saying.GO BRAVES

Charlie

April 29th, 2012
6:55 am

Because the powers that be decided, early on, that Medlen is long relief, and Delgado is the 5th starter, they will stay with that line . It’s insanity. Medlen gives the strongest rotation. Period. The bull-headed bozos that make the decisions can’t possibly be wrong. But truly, Delgado isn’t ready for the show.
They bragged about Hernandez and Martinez in long relief, and will option the side-armer back to AAA, yet they don’t see Medlen as a roation guy. The longer that maintain their own stupidity, the more they will continue to resist the move. (Read “The Peter Principle”. It’s all about rising to your level of incompetency. It is surely proven in this instance.)

Frank Shab PA

April 29th, 2012
7:12 am

When Bourn was running and Prado hit the ball to the second base bag with the second baseman covering for the steal and turning it into into a double play that effectively ended the threat. The Braves were destined to lose. Wow first and third nobody out. Instead noboby on base and two outs. We were doomed.
Gotta stay with Delgado he’s got a lotta talent.

Skeeterleg

April 29th, 2012
7:20 am

I guess it makes too much sense to put Medlen in the rotation.

reckingball

April 29th, 2012
7:56 am

Get them today Braves, got to beat the Bucs.
Go Braves!

RickFlairToRight

April 29th, 2012
8:04 am

Medlin should be starting…but that results in a huge hole in the pen.. who takes his spot?..four solid starters is good enough…keep him in the pen

Max Sizemore

April 29th, 2012
8:11 am

For those who would have Medlen starting (and, yes, he certainly deserves to start): the Braves would LOSE in the 7th or 8th inning of games in which he, along with the other starters, contributes a quality start or better. That’s because there is not enough bullpen depth. You can’t pitch the Big Three every night (I believe the Braves tried that last season).

reckingball

April 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Medlin can start, middle relieve, spot start, or close a game, he’s that good imo.
I think that he can help the Braves win more games working out of the bullpen, than he can by starting every 4th or 5th game. I heard some experts say that too.
go braves

Supes

April 29th, 2012
8:42 am

he Braves would LOSE in the 7th or 8th inning of games in which he, along with the other starters, contributes a quality start or better. That’s because there is not enough bullpen depth.

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Surely you can’t be serious? That’s your logic for not wanting to start Kris Medlen? You’re worried about the 7th inning? I guess innings 1-6 well the hell with them right?

You need a reliever…they’re sending down a perfectly READY reliever in Gearing back down….a guy that could give you the 7th inning. Moyland will be back at some point (another 7th inning guy). You have EOF who can pitch the 7th.

bottom line is, like many have pointed out on the blogs…Medlen won the job in spring training, he was denied b/c the Braves had their minds made up…but now it’s blowing up in their faces. I have all the confidence that Delgado will be a fine starter SOMEDAY, but he’s clearly not ready now and needs probably another year at AAA to work on his craft. See if the Braves were in a “rebuilding mode”, I’d be OK with them trotting out Randall every 5th day out there and learning here on the big league level…but they think they can contend, they wanna sell that they can contend…which is why they had to send Jair down after 4 starts. Same with Delgado, but they are refusing to acknowledge the elephant in the room…that they MESSED UP from the start. Medlen should be our number 5 starter!

Why is it that people forget the team was 10-1 in games started by Medlen before his injury in 2010…what kind of record does Delgado have? What did Melden show in ST…that he’s ready to be a STARTER again. Kid wants to be a starter. He’s a better option than Delgado at this point.

Every time the Braves pitch Delgado and they lose, it’s on them. Medlen could be giving them a chance to win some of those starts. Delgado should be at AAA without the pressure honing his craft so in 2013 HE CAN be ready.

RTS123

April 29th, 2012
9:55 am

I agree with the Medlen supporters here. It is not so much that I am not a Delgado supporter, because I am, but that I believe he is not ready at this point. If you are going to send JJ down after only 4 starts what are you saying to the world when you keep running a kid out there that every 5 days that cannot get out of the 6th inning. Fair is fair,send him down as well to work on his stuff and bring him back when he is ready.

Ranger Randy

April 29th, 2012
10:22 am

Start Medlin!

Largo

April 29th, 2012
10:37 am

There will be nothing for Medlen to protect (in the bullpen) if they keep running these bozos like Delgado and Jair out there. The other team will have all the runs. Pittsburgh has probably the worst offense in the league but look what happened last night.

Crawford

April 29th, 2012
11:09 am

It wasnt the pitching that beat us. It was the bats. 2 runs dont win any game.

Brave New World

April 29th, 2012
11:59 am

One game out of first. The season is very young, but a good satrt, nonetheless. GO BRAVES!

john

April 29th, 2012
11:59 am

Fans remember September ‘11 when they get beat by Leftie in low scoring game-can’t blame them-this is a better Braves Team this year- not sure if our Manager got better though- FREDI-DIAZ HITS LH PITCHERS – Francisco KO’s against LH Pitchers – Go Braves

Brave New World

April 29th, 2012
11:59 am

Uh, that was “start.”

Busch Leaguer

April 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

Why not start the fat man Livan ! He has the most starts of any pitcher on the staff including Huddy. AN added plus he has a lifetime batting average of .225.

Busch Leaguer

April 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

As Fredo says “Sometimes you have to tip your cap.” Bedard pitched a good game ,made the pitches when he had to. I think he will find the NL central alot more inviting than the AL east. Although with their pitching woes the Red Sox should have made a better effort to keep him.

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